3. San Antonio, Texas

The long drive: This is a 14-hour drive from our hometown, so we broke it up with an overnight stop on the way there as our kids were 10, 6, and 4 at the time. We stopped at the Oklahoma bombing memorial on the way, which was a humbling and impressive exhibit.

Activities: My oldest son is a history buff and cried when he finally got to see and tour The Alamo! We also enjoyed the River Walk boat ride and shopping, a trolley ride, Sea World and the Rain Forest Cafe.

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Kristine Jacobson

Kristine Jacobson is a writer, a mother of three children and farm wife living in South-Central Nebraska. She puts her creative skills to use as editor of Nebraska Family Magazine at www.nebraskafamilymagazine.com and helps non-profits and small businesses share their stories in her public relations business, KRJPR.