Take your family on a journey back in time to historical spaces that have shaped our country.
Love the History Channel, documentaries or just plain curious? From New England and Washington D.C. to San Antonio there are tremendous stories in cities across the country. Check out our list below of some different types of historical vacations to plan with your family.
The East Coast is full of museums and monuments that teach us about major events and heroes that shaped our country. A stop in Philadelphia isn’t complete without a trip to Independence Hall, a national landmark where the United States was born as our founding fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
When in Washington D.C., walk the National Mall from the Capital Building all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. Stop in the museums along the way, including the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian.
For the true history buff, visit Colonial Williamsburg, a community returned to its 18th-century appearance and an experiment in civic engagement. Travel back in time at the Historic Area, where you’ll meet tradespeople, women, shopkeepers and more who called Williamsburg home. For those who may not be as interested by the history of the town, there’s a spa, golf course and tennis club for modern-day fun.
In April, plan a visit to Boston for Patriots’ Day. In addition to the Boston Marathon, this celebration also includes a reenaction of the American Revolution.
For our more recent history, visit One World Trade Center in New York City for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Although a somber destination, it’s one that holds remembrance and honor for those we lost. The site of the twin towers is now home to a memorial, observatory and museum.
On the other side of the country, San Antonio is home to one of the most iconic battles in American history. Take a tour of The Alamo Battlefield and stand where David Crockett once stood.
Nashville is considered the birthplace of country music. Take a tour of the Ryman Auditorium, which was home to the Grand Ole Opry, or the Historic RCA Studio B where everyone from Elvis to Dolly Parton recorded an album.
Not a fan of country? Travel to Cleveland for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum where you’ll see (and hear) some of the best artists in the world. Or, visit Los Angeles and the GRAMMY Museum, which celebrates all types of music. The museum includes four floors of one-of-a-kind experiences for visitors of all ages.
Sports have a way of bringing the nation together, whether it’s baseball, football or the Olympics. A trip to the MLB Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY or the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio should be on any fan’s bucket list, but Fenway Park in Boston or Wrigley Field in Chicago are worth a visit as well. Both ballparks have a lot of history (and curses) and they’re two of the oldest stadiums still around today.
Another sport with rich American history is NASCAR, which calls Charlotte, North Carolina home. The NASCAR Hall of Fame and Museum was built in 2010 and includes everything from authentic artifacts from the sport’s 60-year history to a behind-the-scenes look at how a race team prepares for race day each week.
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