Such a fun topic! I've loved seeing others' responses. I'm going to cheat and do my Top Ten With My Kids Before They Graduate College. My boys are currently 8 and 5.5. In no particular order:
1) Epic roadtrip through Atlantic Canada. Take the ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia, hit Annapolis Royal and Kejimkujik, lighthouses, up through Cape Breton, ferry to Newfoundland, Gros Morne and Vikings, St Johns and ferry back to NS, Louisbourg, prehistoric sites around Parrsboro, ferry to PEI to live my Anne of Green Gables dreams, cross the bridge to New Brunswick, down the coast via Hopewell rocks and Fundy to St. John and St. Andrew, then drive home. With lots of whale watching.
2) Epic roadtrip across USA, from our home in Connecticut to my sister's in LA and back. Route 66 is a must.
3) SPACE CAMP. I always wanted to go as a kid and would love to take my kids.
4) A family dino dig Out West (Wyoming, Montana, Alberta). My oldest has wanted to be a paleontologist since he was 3 and knows SO MUCH about dinosaurs and prehistoric life. He would love this.
5) Walk the Camino de Santiago, on the Camino Frances. This won't be until they are in high school, but I'm already looking forward to it.
6) A month in a Tuscan villa, with (my side of) the family. We haven't seen each other in over a year. What better way to come out of the pandemic than a lot of good food, wine and Renaissance art? And the kids can all just run wild in our big back yard.
7) Follow the Tour de France. My youngest loves the Tour. Well, he loves Peter Sagan and this year started rooting for Sam Bennett, so mainly he loves the sprint finishes, but still. It would be so cool to see the bikes race by and then enjoy the French countryside.
8) London/York/Cotswolds. When we can finally travel again, this is the first place I want to take the boys. I think it will be good for the age they'll be, and a way to ease them into travel. They'll love the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum and the Tower. And since most museums are free, I feel like I'll be able to see the highlights of things I want to see (like the National Gallery) without being too upset when they need to leave 30-60 minutes in. If I can add on, I think a few days in York would be cool, especially with all the Vikings. And I'd love to spend sometime getting lost in the Cotswolds.
9) Scotland. I want to go on a family walking tour through the Highlands, but also hit the Isle of Skye, and Orkney, and heck, maybe even Shetland!
10) This one is hard, because part of me wants to put Scandinavia, but especially Copenhagen and its surroundings (again, more Vikings). But I think - Yeah, it's gotta be the Galapagos. Both kids love nature and learning about animals and have LOVED marine iguanas since they first saw them on Wild Kratts. So the last spot has to go to the Galapagos.
Oh, it's so much fun to think about stuff like this! I wanted to take them to Europe last year, which obviously was impossible, as is this year (for us). Maybe 2022. Looking forward to checking at least a few things off this list!