Learning can be lifelong and goes beyond the classroom. The United States history continues to be a popular subject for both history enthusiasts and novices. The US historic site industry is worth about $900 million dollars because history is an evergreen human curiosity. In-person tours are possible, but not always possible. They offer a unique firsthand view of the past that can help you gain a new perspective and appreciation.
Take a weekend trip to one these historic locations this fall. Every place has unique monuments and cultural experiences that everyone can enjoy.
The Northeast is home to the nation’s oldest history and the majority of the original thirteen colonies. These colonies are home to some of America’s most famous scenes. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage backdrop of these well-preserved buildings and battlegrounds during your trip.
Civil War battlefields are among the most well-studied in American history. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is a historical town lined with small museums, mom-and-pop shops, and walking tours of open battlefields–complete with original restored cannons and trees still standing from 1863. You might even see a few reenactments.
Take a step back to live in the 1700s for a day by visiting Williamsburg, Virginia, also known as “Colonial Williamsburg.” The quaint setup of the town and guides dressed in era-appropriate clothing immerse you in what a person in the Colony of Virginia might have seen and done in their daily lives. There are activities for all ages, from candle-making demonstrations to candlelit meals.
The Southern region of the US is well-known for its delicious and flavorful food, but it also has a rich and diverse history that you can explore. Expect to return from your trip full of energy and open-mindedness!
Memphis in Tennessee is located along the Mississippi River. It offers unique opportunities to see where civil-rights icons such as Martin Luther King Jr. gathered to protest. After enjoying a delicious barbecue meal, you can visit the National Civil Rights Museum and Elmwood Cemetery, which are both free to view. Elmwood Cemetery is the final resting spot of many historical and political figures.
New Orleans may be the best place in the South to experience Southern culture. You will find a mix of American and French cultures in the food, architecture, music, and food. You can ride the historic streetcars through the city and stop by Jackson Square in the French Quarter to see the place where Andrew Jackson declared victory in the Battle of New Orleans. Jackson Square’s buildings come alive at night with lights, unique artists’ demonstrations and tasty food vendors. There are also knowledgeable historians who are happy to welcome tourists.
The Midwest is America’s heartland due to its pioneering role in the US manufacturing and agricultural sectors. Tourists love to stroll through the country’s most serene areas and enjoy the slow pace of its businesses.
Saint Paul, Minnesota is a capital of the state. It’s just a short drive away from Minneapolis. Although it is small, it is big on celebrating the state’s beautiful historical sites as well as its vibrant traditions. Summit Avenue, the longest preserved avenue of the Victorian-era in the country is on your right. Stop by HmongTown Marketplace for award-winning Vietnamese food. It boasts over one hundred shops. After a satisfying lunch, visit Fort Snelling, a settlement of Native Americans near the Mississippi River.
Missouri is known for its many caves and barbecue spots. While exploring Saint Charles, the original capital of Missouri, you might find a hidden gem. You can step back in time to the early 1900s at the well-preserved location of Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the Lewis and Clark Boathouse and Museum. It is located along the Missouri River. Wander over to another historic house on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, the Daniel Boone homestead, built in 1799. You can walk around the village’s dozen buildings, which are spread over three hundred acres. The general store, schoolhouse, and grist mill are popular attractions that offer a peek into life on the Missouri frontier.
Sunshine and surf are the most common images of the West Coast of the US. But there’s more to these states than meets the eye.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a landmark you should see at least once in your life. It’s a stunning representation of American engineering, and you can’t help but stare at it from afar, whether you drive over it or take photos in the nearby parks. You can visit Alcatraz Island to hear about American imprisonment. Afterward, lighten up the mood by taking a famous San Fran streetcar to see the iconic Full House set located at 1709 Broderick Street. Take advantage of your streetcar ride by packing sunglasses, talking to your driver and keeping your hand tight if you are riding on the side.
Visit Seattle, Washington, the city that is known for its shipbuilding history and caffeine. Rain jackets and warm clothes are essential for the Emerald City. Start your day with a warm cup of coffee at the original Starbucks store location that opened its doors in 1971 at Pike Place Market, and sip on your brew while you stroll through family-owned shops and bakeries. Take a ferryboat to see the gorgeous shipbuilding docks and stop by the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) to learn details about Seattle’s maritime past. At night, make your way to the hard-to-miss Seattle landmark, the Space Needle, opened in 1961, and look out over the lights of the bustling city from the observation deck and restaurant.
Plan your visit to these historic sites near you today!