Have you ever noticed that many big-city dwellers have never really gone sightseeing in their own backyards? Have your New York City friends ever walked up the steps of the Statue of Liberty or stood at the top of the Empire State Building? Sometimes, day-to-day life gets in the way and we forget what gems are right around the corner.
Whether you live in a big city or a small burg, every town has a department of tourism. Send away for a pamphlet about tourist attractions in your area. Sit down with the family and choose the spots you all want to visit. Then, spend a day or two getting to know the area in which you live. Historical sites, museums, landmarks -- you may be surprised to see what kind of history surrounds you.