In the United States, we are surrounded by history. With preserved landmarks at every corner, historical monuments and top-rated museums, these 8 cities top our list of historic destinations in the U.S.
Home of the first subway system, the first public library and the first public school, Boston boasts a rich history. Founded in 1630, Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. Walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile route that will take you by 16 historic sites and explore the Public Garden, America’s first public park.
Charleston, South Carolina
Visiting Charleston is like traveling back in time. The antique and pastel buildings and the quaint bed and breakfasts lining the streets give visitors a sense of the Old South. Visit the Charleston Museum, America’s first museum, and Fort Sumter where the first shots were fired in the Civil War.
The city of Gettysburg is an attraction in and of itself. Many of the buildings date back to colonial times and others have been renovated to preserve their long history. Tour the Gettysburg National Military Park to learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, visit the David Wills House, a building dedicated to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and stop by the Sachs Mill Bridge, a bridge used in the Battle of Gettysburg.
Visit the City of Brotherly Love, the most important city during the American Revolution. Check out the Benjamin Franklin Museum and the President’s House, an open air recreation of the home of Washington and Adams. Make sure to stop by the iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, if you’ve never seen them!
San Francisco, California
The city on the bay is home to many historical landmarks. One of the most historical, Alcatraz, is a must see. And, of course the Golden Gate Bridge is a site that can’t be missed. At the foot of the bridge, you will find Fort Point, built originally to protect the bay from navel attacks.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is the nation’s oldest city. Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is known as the “ancient city.” Enjoy cobblestone streets, quaint restaurants, bars and bed and breakfasts. Make sure to visit Castillo de San Marcos national monument, the oldest fort in the U.S., for a history lesson. Also stop at the St. Augustine Lighthouse which was built in the 1500s!
Obviously on the list, our nation’s capital is full of history. Take a tour of the White House and the Capitol building. Visit the monuments (we suggest doing it at night!) and check out the Smithsonian museums or National Zoo. And, the best part? Many of the best attractions are free!
In Colonial Williamsburg, you can experience what some refer to as a ‘living history museum.’ You will find historically maintained and restored buildings with costumed guides and reenactors who demonstrate what daily life was like in colonial times. Be sure to visit the Governor’s Palace and the close-by city of Jamestown.
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