Mount Vernon is an American landmark and an enduring tribute to the Father of our Country. One of the nation's most beloved historic sites, Mount Vernon offers a glimpse into 18th-century plantation life through beautiful gardens and grounds, intriguing museum exhibits and immersive programs honoring George Washington's life and legacy. mountvernon.org

Explore Antietam National Battlefield, the site where the Union Army stopped the Confederate Army from advancing into the North. Go on a one-mile hike along Union Advance Trail or join up with a Park Ranger for a more detailed tour. There’s even the opportunity for your child to become a Junior Park Ranger by completing a fun-filled booklet. Free for children under 15. nps.gov/anti

Relive Lincoln’s presidency up through his assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Walk through the museum to see Lincoln’s clothing and John Wilkes Booth’s weapon, and then head across the street to the Peterson House to see where Lincoln spent his final hours. $$. fords.org

Take a look inside the only state house that has ever served as the nation’s capital at the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Embark on a self-guided tour of the building or set up a specialized tour through the Office of Interpretation. Stop by the Annapolis Ice Cream Company after your visit for some delicious treats. State House is free. msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/html/home.html

Put on a stovepipe hat and explore President Lincoln’s Cottage. Tour the home where Lincoln stayed during the Civil War to escape the stress of life at the White House. Elementary-aged children can participate in programs that teach them about Lincoln’s decision-making process and interactions with everyday people. A program for older children and adults puts visitors in the role of Lincoln’s closest advisors. $$. lincolncottage.org

Walk the Stone Bridge Loop Trail Look carefully and you'll spot some of the island's wildlife on a ranger-led "Island Safari" and "Birding with Teddy" tour. See if you can identify the many different kinds of birds native to the island, including raptors, wading birds and warblers. Encourage kids to keep track of the miles they hike with an online "Track Trails" journal. Free. Washington, D.C. nps.gov/mana/index.htm

Celebrate the legacy of Frederick Douglass at his home, Cedar Hill. Stop in the Visitor's Center to purchase house tour tickets, look at exhibits and watch the short film “Frederick Douglass: Fighter for Freedom.” After the tour, explore the beautiful grounds while enjoying one of the best views of Washington, D.C. $$. nps.gov/frdo

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