Sutter’s Fort State Historical Site

2701 L Street Sacramento, CA If you're passing through the Sacramento Valley on a road trip or family vacation and want to venture beyond the swinging saloon doors and adjustable bar stools of Old Town Sacramento, a visit to Sutter's Fort State Historical Site makes for a great pit stop. Note: Sutter's Fort has a Kidscore of 100. Learn more about Kidscore. Located downtown in the heart … [Read more...]

Oregon Caves National Monument

If you're driving along Hwy 199 to or from the California or Oregon coast and I-5, a stop off the beaten path at Oregon Caves National Monument is well-worth a few hours of your time! A beautiful 20 mile drive from the highway (up OR-46), Oregon Caves offers cave tours of one of the few marble caves in the world, easy hiking trails, a gorgeous lodge with dining, and breathtaking scenery. The … [Read more...]

Thompson Mills State Historical Site

13655 Boston Mill Drive Shedd, OR This pit stop has been submitted by Ken of Ken's World. Thank you, Ken, for supporting Pit Stops for Kids! Thompson Mills State Historical Site, located near I-5 in Shedd, Oregon, offers a glimpse into the area's early farming and irrigation days with an impressive number of interpretive displays and knowledgeable staff. Opened in 2007, visitors can try … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 22): Old Sacramento Historical District

We spent our last day, Day 22, driving from Laguna Beach to Sacramento CA on I-5, visiting Sacramento's historic Old Town and staying our final night on the road at the Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade. Sacramento's Old Town is a state historic park covering 28 acres along the Sacramento River directly opposite from downtown. Wooden sidewalks, false storefronts, and cobblestones … [Read more...]

A Pit Stop a Day (Day 16): Cove Fort, Utah

On Day 16, we reluctantly left the Westgate Park City behind to enthusiastically set out for Zion National Park. We needed a pit stop en route, and found it in Cove Fort between Fillmore and Beaver along I-15. At first, we thought Cove Fort was a self-guided tour, but after eating our lunch in their large picnic area, we were greeted by a fort guide (docent) and told that entrance to the fort … [Read more...]

North Point Lighthouse

2650 N. Wahl Ave. Milwaukee, WI The North Point Lighthouse, standing since 1855, is a fixture in scenic Milwaukee, WI. Better yet for traveling families, it's located adjacent to a great park for kids! Says Kara (AKA Vacation Gals' ColoradoGal), "After snapping a photo of both families in front of the lighthouse, we explored a bit: (Double the Adventure's)Sharlene's husband actually pointed … [Read more...]

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

14881 Pine Grove-Volcano Road Pine Grove, CA Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park makes for an excellent family road trip pit stop while you're exploring California's Gold Country. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills eight miles east of Jackson, the park offers not only a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes, but the Chaw'se Regional Indian Museum, … [Read more...]

Wheeler Historic Farm

6351 South 900 East Salt Lake City, UT Traveling this spring or summer? What better way to take a break from summer vacation family fun (ie, the long drives!) than to run around a real farm? The Wheeler Historic Farm, listed on the National Register of Historical Places and commanding 75 acres, is the ideal place to stop and play while driving through Salt Lake City and the surrounding … [Read more...]

Agrirama: Georgia’s Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village

1392 Whiddon Mill Road Tifton, Georgia Always one to love living history exhibits, I knew Id found the perfect pitstop in Tifton, Georgia's Agrirama, Georgia's Museum of Agriculture and Living History Museum. Touted as where the present meets the past', Agrirama is a 95-acre complex featuring an historic village with over 35 structures which have been relocated to the site and faithfully … [Read more...]

Native Americans of the Southeast

Guest Review by Kim Hatcher, Public Affairs Coordinator of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Multiple sites along I-75 through GA Driving I-75 between Atlanta and Chattanooga can become a fun-filled history lesson on Native Americans of the Southeast. At Etowah Indian Mounds (813 Indian Mounds Rd., S.W. Cartersville), kids can burn off energy climbing the 63-foot earthen mound where … [Read more...]