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One adventure to have with your kids in every state...

... before they grow up!

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Created by Go RVing - October 3rd 2016

With 50 individual, unique states that each boast their own culture and personality, there's a ton to see and do across America. That's why road-tripping is so great: It's the best way to see and do it all. Plus, it'll make for some great memories for your kids! Here are our favorite RV adventures to have in each state before your kids grow up:

Space Camp

Alabama: Go to Space Camp. Rocket scientist Dr. Wernher von Braun wanted a place to inspire kids about space travel, and the result was Space Camp, where kids participate in simulated missions, experience what gravity feels like on the moon, and spin themselves silly on the multi-axis trainer.

Denali National Park

Alaska: Go dogsledding. Whether you want to see the northern lights, explore Denali National Park or visit a glacier, get there by dogsled. The cold air in your face as you glide across the snow…there’s nothing else like it. Mush!

Mather Campground

Arizona: Camp out in the Grand Canyon. But don’t stare at it for five minutes and then wonder, “Now what?” There are plenty of wonders waiting to be discovered inside the canyon. Climb down and explore, then spend the night under the stars at Mather Campground.

Crater of Diamonds State Park

Arkansas: Dig for diamonds. Visit Crater of Diamonds State Park to find your own gemstones. It’s the only diamond-producing site in the world that is open to the public, so start digging!

Bixby Canyon Bridge

California: Take a road trip through Big Sur. The long, winding coastal road is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever experience. Turn up the radio, roll down the windows, cruise across Bixby Canyon Bridge, and enjoy the ride!

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Beaver Creek Lodge

Colorado: Go skiing in the Rockies. Colorado has the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. Beaver Creek Lodge is a sleek, modern boutique hotel that features plenty of those rustic, cabin vibes that you want from a lodge. Plus, Beaver Creek Mountain is right near town, so you can hit the powder during the afternoon, and unwind at the Lodge at night.

Louis' Lunch

Connecticut: Get a burger! It turns out that most of Connecticut’s claims to fame are food-related, so get a burger at Louis' Lunch, one of the country's oldest hamburger joints. It's a tiny little spot that oozes old-school New England vibes, and they still serve their burgers on toast!

Rehoboth Boardwalk

Delaware: Stroll the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Here, you can enjoy old-fashioned attractions such as saltwater taffy and arcades. Make a weekend of visiting Delaware’s beaches by camping out at Cape Henlopen State Park!

Three Sisters Spring

Florida: Swim with the manatees. There are several manatee sanctuaries in Florida, but the only place that offers in-water tours of a manatee habitat is Three Sisters Spring. Get up close and personal with Florida’s endangered gentle giants!

Bonaventure Cemetery

Georgia: Take a ghost tour in Savannah, a city lucky enough to be both beautiful and creepy at the same time. It might be the most haunted city in America, and it’s teeming with ghost tours. Explore Bonaventure Cemetery after hours, tour the city in an actual hearse, and hear all the tales about the darkest murders in town.

Jaggar Museum

Hawaii: See a lava flow. This is a little tuogher to plan, because sometimes the lava isn’t active, and sometimes the weather prevents a good view. Try the Jaggar Museum and Overlook for a peek into Halema’uma’u Crater, or take a guided lava tour to get right up to the flow.

Lava Hotsprings

Idaho: Go hot spring hopping! Idaho has the most useable hot springs in the country: There are about 130 total. Try Lava Hot Springs-- the pools are open year-round, are super clean, and don't cost much to enjoy. Plus, the town is a funky little community worth exploring!

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Wrigley Field

Illinois: Watch a baseball game at Wrigley Field! The Chicago Cubs have called this historic stadium home since 1914, and everything about it, from the ivy-covered outfield to the vintage scoreboard, is classic Americana. Bonus points if you eat a Chicago-style hot dog while you watch the game!

RV & Motorhome Hall of Fame

Indiana: Learn the history of hitting the road! The RV & Motorhome Hall of Fame and Museum is here. See the best of what the RVing world has to offer, and maybe come away with some inspiration for your own adventures. It might seem like a small niche museum, but their collection of vehicles, from retro campers to the latest models, is definitely impressive!

High Trestle Bridge

Iowa: Cross the High Trestle Bridge! High Trestle Bridge, though originally built as a railroad bridge in the 1970s, has undergone a significant facelift in the past five years. It spans the Des Moines River, and is crossed by about 3,000 people who are hiking the High Trestle Trail every week. It's a 13-story high, half-mile-long bridge that is meant to resemble a mine shaft, in honor of the Italian immigrants who worked in the nearby mines. Every night it's illuminated until midnight.

Oz Museum

Kansas: Stop by Oz! The Wizard of Oz famously has Dorothy Gale blown into the Land of Oz by one of the state's notorious tornados. The Oz Museum delves into the history of the book, by L. Frank Baum, as well as the famous 1939 film adaptation, with loads of memorabilia and artifacts.

Churchill Downs

Kentucky: See a horse race. Take a tour of Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby. Watch a race, place a bet, and admire all the pretty horses.

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The French Quarter

Louisiana: Listen to some tunes! A jazz crawl of the French Quarter is a great way for older kids to learn about and appreciate the incredible music scene happening in New Orleans.

Cadillac Mountain

Maine: Catch the sunrise! On Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park, you can see the first sunrise in the whole country. During the fall and winter, Cadillac Mountain has the first view of the sun peeking over the horizon. Luckily, you don’t have to hike in the dark to get there; you can drive — which is super easy when you camp in the park (we love Seawall Campground). Make sure to get there early, since parking is limited.

Assateague Island National Seashore (Maryland)

Maryland: See the wild horses on Assateague Island. Enjoy a day on a beautiful beach while wild ponies frolic nearby. The park has gorgeous white sand beaches and ocean water that's perfect for swimming, but the island is best known for its herds of wild Chincoteague ponies that roam the beaches. There's a story that the wild ponies are the descendants of a herd of ponies who survived a shipwreck, but it's more likely that local citizens were corralling their ponies on the island to avoid paying taxes on fences on the mainland. Bonus: there are tons of campsites here!

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Freedom Trail

Massachusetts: Walk the Freedom Trail. See where our country began at the Boston Massacre site, Paul Revere’s House, and the Bunker Hill Monument. The 2.5 mile trail takes you past an impressive 17 sites important to the birth of our nation.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Michigan: Explore the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Michigan has a gorgeous freshwater coastline, and one of its highlights is the Sleeping Bear Dunes. The kids will wear themselves out running up and sliding down the dunes while you enjoy superb views of the Great Lakes.

Itasca State Park

Minnesota: See the humble beginnings of the Mighty Mississippi! Itasca State Park is home to the headwaters of the country's biggest river, and at this point on the Mississippi, it's short and shallow enough to walk across. Plus, since Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", you can canoe or kayak on one of the 100 bodies of water that are within this state park alone.

Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum

Mississippi: See where the first Coca-Cola was bottled. The Biedenharn Coca-Cola Museum tells the history of America’s most popular soft drink. Even though Coke was invented in Atlanta, the soft drink wouldn’t have reached the popularity it enjoys today without Biedenharn’s bottling method! Put it in park at the historic Askew’s Landing Campground nearby.

Gateway Arch

Missouri: Climb the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere. The Gateway Arch (officially, the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial) was built in the 1960s as a symbol of progress. It still stands as one of the most popular man-made attractions in the country, and offers gorgeous views.

Going-to-The-Sun Road

Montana: Drive Going-to-the-Sun Road. Travel down one of the most dramatic roads you’ll ever see. It’s carved into the cliffs within Glacier National Park, and winds around mountains, giving you the feeling of driving into the heavens. Oh, and movie buffs will appreciate that it was featured in the opening credits of "The Shining".

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Nebraska: Visit the world’s largest indoor rainforest. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in Omaha is one of the world's best zoos. Henry Doorly's indoor rainforest is the crown jewel of the attraction, and is home to 90 different species. It also features an indoor desert that’s also the largest of its kind in the world.

Lehman Caves

Nevada: Delve into Great Basin National Park’s Lehman Caves. These ornate marble caves are covered in elaborate stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and more stone formations than you can imagine.

Mount Washington Summit

New Hampshire: Climb (or drive) Mount Washington. It’s the highest point in New England. You can hike (but beware of sudden and drastic weather changes), cruise the auto road, or even take a train. Bonus: If you drive, you get to bring home a nifty bumper sticker.

Atlantic City Boardwalk

New Jersey: Enjoy the Atlantic City Boardwalk. It’s the oldest of its kind, and full of fun for the whole family. Visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not, watch the light show after dark, and ride the rides. It’s a vibrant part of NJ after all these years. Belleplain State Forest, a few miles away, was developed in the 1930s, and has a similar old-school vibe, along with tons of nice campsites.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

New Mexico: Check out the biggest balloon rally in the world. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta happens in New Mexico every fall. Watch the night sky light up with glowing hot air balloons of every shape and size.

Watkins Glen State Park

New York: Hike in Watkins Glen State Park. It looks like something from a fairy tale…definitely not the kind of place you’d expect to find in New York! Hike around the waterfall-filled gorges, which are especially breathtaking in the fall, and then head back to the RV for s’mores over the campfire!

Outer Banks National Scenic Byway

Visit the Outer Banks. North Carolina’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the country. Open beachfronts, a temperate climate, and clear sparkling water all add up to the perfect seashore experience. If you get a chance, hop on the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway for some awesome views.

Geographic Center of North America

North Dakota: Stand in the exact geographic center of North America. Rugby, ND has a monument marking the spot. It’s a great “why not?” destination. Note that there's a separate monument for the geographic center of the contiguous, lower 48 state in Kansas as well!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Ohio: Visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. It’s great for all ages, due to the new “Right Here, Right Now” exhibit that includes contemporary artists. Spy John Lennon’s guitar, Michael Jackson’s glove, and Lady Gaga’s meat dress all under one roof!

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Oklahoma: Visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Oklahoma is still a land of cowboys, so it makes sense for the state to have a cowboy museum. It’s full of authentic cowboy memorabilia as well as props from famous Western movies.

Columbia River Gorge

Oregon: Ride the wind. Did you know Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world? Sign the kids up for a few windsurfing lessons at one of the local shops, and take advantage of the epic winds blowing through the Columbia River Gorge.

The Amish Farm & House

Pennsylvania: Tour Amish Country. Amish culture is a unique phenomenon in this country, and visiting the Amish in Pennsylvania is a great way to learn about a lifestyle completely foreign to the rest of us. The Amish Farm & House has Amish-made goodies, some displays to teach you about the history and culture of the Amish, and offers tours of the region. Old Mill Stream Campground makes the perfect base for exploring Lancaster and other parts of PA’s Amish Country.

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Newport Cliff Walk

Rhode Island: See how the one percent lived. The Newport mansions are where the rich and super rich of the Gilded Age spent their summers. You’ll see houses built entirely of marble, mansions modeled after Versailles, and magnificent topiary gardens.

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Rainbow Row

South Carolina: Explore historic Charleston. Beautiful homes like the ones on Rainbow Row, historic streets, delicious Southern food, and exquisite gardens make Charleston the jewel of SC. Take a carriage ride, explore the parks, and take a boat tour of the harbor to see the best the city has to offer.

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Mount Rushmore

South Dakota: See the Presidents. Mount Rushmore is one of the most recognizable monuments in the country. You can’t visit South Dakota without stopping by this totally iconic and totally strange memorial.

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Graceland

Tennessee: Visit the King. The music scene in Tennessee is a huge part of the local culture, and Elvis’s Graceland is an ultimate road trip destination. Visit his grave, tour his house, and relive the glory days of rock ‘n’ roll.

Dixie Dude Ranch

Texas: Saddle up at a dude ranch. You can get a taste for the cowboy life at Dixie Dude Ranch, with horseback rides, fishing trips, and campfire sing-alongs, but they also offer amenities you'd find at a luxury resort: a spa where you can get massages, a pool with a hot tub, great onsite dining, and more.

Delicate Arch

Utah: Hike to the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. There are many natural wonders in Utah, but the Delicate Arch is such an impressive sight, it beats out all the others. Take your picture under the arch to give your friends a sense of just how big it is.

Ben & Jerry's Factory

Vermont: See ice cream being made. A lot of wonderful things come out of Vermont, but the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory tops the list. Take a short tour of the operation, sample experimental flavors, and enjoy flavors not sold in stores in the Scoop Shop. Head back to Little River State Park to camp out…and maybe do a little hiking to burn off the ice cream calories.

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Colonial Williamsburg

Virginia: Visit Colonial Williamsburg. This living museum is an authentic colonial town, complete with actors in costume working in shops and businesses. Kids will enjoy the interactive exhibits, and hopefully learn a little history at the same time.

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Pike Place Market

Washington: Shop at Pike Place Market. Pike is so much more than a farmer’s market; it’s an experience. It has tons of food, flowers and entertainment. Take a picture in front of the gum wall to gross out your kids! Pick up some snacks for the trip out to nearby Fay Bainbridge State Park, where you can enjoy views of the Pacific while you camp out.

New River Gorge Bridge

West Virginia: Finally answer the question: If all my friends jumped off a bridge, would I jump too? The Bridge Day Festival in WV on the New River Gorge Bridge is one of the biggest extreme sport events in the world. Approximately 80,000 people will watch hundreds of BASE jumpers leap 876 feet to the river below. It’s a huge event, and the only time pedestrians are permitted on the bridge. If you're visiting when the festival isn't going on, you can take a tour that lets you cross the bridge on the catwalk below the main road!

Noah's Ark

Wisconsin: Get wet and wild at one of the Wisconsin Dells’ many water parks. The first thing you think of when you hear “Wisconsin” is probably not water parks, but the Dells are actually the water park capital of the world. There are enough water parks (indoors and outdoors) to keep your kids busy for days. Noah's Ark is one of many awesome options!

Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming: Go to Yellowstone National Park. It’s an iconic destination that you just have to visit. Enjoy the geysers, the bison and fabulous views. You could spend weeks here without getting bored.

As you make your way across each of the 50 states to cross activities off your bucket list, you're guaranteed to have a great time and make memories that will last forever!