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Photos: Your Picks for 15 Places Every Kid Should See

We asked for your help in putting together a list of 15 places every kid should see before they turn 15. See the places that made the cut.

  1. Chicago's Field Museum is part of the city's lakefront Museum Campus and has nine acres of floor space to display a broad array of natural wonders. 

    (Courtesy The Field Museum)
  2. Dioramas at the Field Museum feature African lions and giraffes as well as Arctic penguins and polar bears. 

    (Courtesy The Field Museum)
  3. The Field Museum's Tyrannosaurus rex, known as Sue. is the largest complete fossil of her kind.

    (Courtesy The Field Museum)
  4. It only takes a couple hours to drive past the 2,000 brawny pink arches of Utah's Arches National Park.

    (National Park Service Photo)
  5. One of the main draws of Arches National Park is watching the sun play off the natural sandstone formations.

    (National Park Service Photo)
  6. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Hunstvillve, Alabama, includes the Davidson Center for Space Exploration and the orginal Space Camp.

    (Courtesy U.S. Space and Rocket Center)
  7. The star attraction at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration is a restored version of the famous Saturn V rocket.

    (Courtesy U.S. Space and Rocket Center)
  8. Aspiring astronauts can suit up and feel the gravitational yank of lift-off via the simulator at Space Camp.

    (Courtesy U.S. Space and Rocket Center)
  9. Even the most jaded teen will be wowed by the colossal busts of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln at South Dakota's Mount Rushmore.

    (Courtesy chascar/Flickr)
  10. The visitors' center at Mount Rushmore has exhibits on the creation of the monument as well as the presidents whose faces are immortalized in granite. 

    (Courtesy Kelly Martin/Wikimedia Commons)
  11. Maine's Acadia National Park may be small in relation to other national parks, but it has granite peaks, forest paths, and a scenic beach.

    (Sheridan Steele)
  12. Rangers at Acadia National Park lead free hikes to explore the varied terrain and see the diverse wildlife.

    (NPS/Ray Radigan)
  13. Acadia National Park is located where the Cadillac Mountains meet the Bay of Fundy.

    (NPS photo)
  14. Boston's Museum of Science sits right on the Charles RIver.

    (Chicco7 / Dreamstime.com)
  15. The cosmos feels closer to earth at the planetarium at the Museum of Science.

    (Michael Malyszko)
  16. The Museum of Science's planetarium includes a theater with a full-dome video and audio system.

    (Michael Malyszko)
  17. Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park is home to two of the world's most active volcanoes.

    (Marlathrall / Dreamstime.com)
  18. Rangers at Volcanoes National Park take visitors down into the lava tubes, subterranean caverns formed by hardened molten rock.

    (Volgariver / Dreamstime.com)
  19. The imposing Metropolitan Museum of Art covers 14 acres of land in New York City's Central Park.

    (Lee Snider / Dreamstime.com )
  20. The collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art includes an ancient Egyptian Temple, a Ming Dynasty Garden, and one of the world's largest collections of Vermeers.

    (Sean Pavone / Dreamstime.com)
  21. The extensive Egyptian art collection at the Metropolitan Museum of art includes a statue of Pharaoh Amenemhat II, who reigned from 1919 to 1885 B.C.

    (Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
  22. Rangers are on hand to lead tours of the caves at New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns.

    (NPS Photo by Peter Jones)
  23. Adventurous kids will enjoy crawling through passageways or making rope-assisted descents through curtains of stalagmites at Carlsbad Caverns.

    (NPS Photo by Peter Jones)
  24. The Big Room is the largest cave at Carlsbad Caverns and could fit 6.3 football fields.

    (NPS Photo by Peter Jones)
  25. Experts lead walking tours along the pedestrian bridge at Nevada's Hoover Dam.

    (Zainkapasi / Dreamstime.com)
  26. At more than 1,200 feet wide at the top, the Hoover Dam was the largest in the world when it was completed in 1936.

    (Courtesy USBR/Hoover Dam)
  27. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, located in Springfield, Illinois, includes a 40,000-square-foot museum that houses historical artifacts, a theater, and a recreation of the log cabin Lincoln grew up in.

    (Courtesy Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)
  28. The Plaza at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum includes figures of Lincoln and his family and a recreation of the south portico of the White House.

    (Courtesy Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)
  29. Kids can dress up in period costume in Mrs. Lincoln's Attic at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

    (Courtesy Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum)
  30. San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is equal parts eye candy and engineering lesson.

    (Unamused / Dreamstime.com)
  31. Take a walk along the pedestrian path of the Golden Gate Bridge for astonishing views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Treasure Island.

    (Minyun Zhou / Dreamstime.com)
  32. SeaWorld San Antonio garnered the most votes of all the theme parks in our poll, probably thanks to the park's combination of thrill rides and rich marine life.

    (Courtesy Sea World San Antonio)
  33. One of SeaWorld's main attractions is the iconic Shamu Show.

    (Courtesy Sea World San Antonio)
  34. There are many hands-on programs at SeaWorld San Antonio that let kids interact with the resident animals.

    (Courtesy Sea World San Antonio)
  35.  Social studies class comes to life at the National Museum of American History, located on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

    (Courtesy of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)
  36. The collection at the National Museum of Amerian History includes the inauguration gowns worn by the First Ladies.

    (Courtesy of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)
  37. Hands-on activities at the National Museum of American History include adding giant stars to an 1813-style garrison flag.

    (Courtesy of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution)
  38. Alabama's Birmingham Civil Rights Institute chronicles our nation's civil rights history and puts the '50s and '60s in a context that today's children can understand.

    (Courtesy Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)
  39. Exhibits at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute include a recreation of a segregated lunch counter.

    (Courtesy Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)
  40. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute uses compelling artifacts and exhibits that don't gloss over the tragedies of the civil rights' era.

    (Courtesy Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)

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