Do you love to escape “life” for a couple of days during a long weekend? Well, MLK Weekend is one of the best times to travel. Not too many people hit the roads, or the air, during this weekend. So, it is the perfect time to take an autism-friendly vacation with your family. The best part about traveling to the destinations I am sharing with you today is that your whole family will get a little history lesson along the way. Of course, you don’t need to only consider these destinations. We can always chat about other autism-friendly destinations that would be perfect for your long weekend away from home.
4 Autism Friendly Places to Visit for MLK Weekend
Montgomery is full of history from the civil rights movement. You can easily choose a few of the attractions you know your family will enjoy visiting.
I recommend starting at the Civil Rights Memorial Center. It is an excellent place to learn more about the history you will be seeing during your visit. The Legacy Museum is another wonderful place to learn the history of racial injustice. You can also check out the National Memorial for Peace and Justice while there. It is the first museum dedicated to African Americans affected by slavery and racial injustice.
The Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church is where Dr. King served as pastor. And he made one of his infamous speeches in front of the Alabama State Capitol.
The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail is where the 1965 Voting Rights March was held. Dr. King led people along this 45-mile stretch.
While in Memphis, you will probably spend a little time at Graceland. Another fascinating place though is the National Civil Rights Museum. You will find this museum at the Lorraine Motel, which is where Dr. King was assassinated in 1968.
Your time in this museum will be spent retracing the history of the civil rights movement.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located on the site where Dr. King delivered his “I Had a Dream” speech. This memorial is near the Lincoln Memorial and it overlooks the Tidal Basin.
You should also visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture while you are on an autism-friendly vacation in D.C. This is an immersive experience, so your kids should stay engaged for at least a little while.
A stop at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel will have you wondering what Dr. King was thinking as he put the final touches on his “I Had a Dream” speech while staying there.
A visit to Atlanta, Georgia can have you walking along the same streets Dr. King did as he was growing up and becoming the man he was prior to his assassination. Start at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. It takes you through Dr. King’s neighborhood.
You will also be able to visit his birthplace, church, home, and gravesite.
Over at the International Peace Rose Garden and Ebenezer Baptist Church, you can see where Dr. King served as a minister and where he was baptized.
These are the 4 autism-friendly places I recommend visiting for MLK Weekend. Although, this is also the perfect weekend to visit one of the US National Parks. There is usually no entry fee for this national holiday, as well as a few other holidays during the year. Take advantage of this and check out a national park you have been wanting to visit. I can easily plan a trip to any of these destinations for you and make sure every part of your trip is autism-friendly. This will allow you to focus on your family until this long weekend finally arrives and it is time to get away from home for a few days. Contact me and finally realize your dream of conquering the long weekend vacations you have been dreaming about!