Where Are the Best Historical Places to Visit?
Even though our country is relatively young compared to the rest of the world, we have amazing historical places to visit right here in America. You probably don’t have to travel very far from your neighborhood to see these historic sites.
Here’s a short list of my favorite American historical places to visit.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum — Springfield, Illinois
Lots of places lay claim to Lincoln, from the small town in Kentucky where he was born to several sites in southern Illinois looking to soak up your tourist bucks. This library and museum is the official deal.
Maine Maritime Museum — Bath, Maine
Antietam National Battlefield — Antietam, Maryland
Fort McHenry National Monument
This is a national park and monument erected to honor the site of the composition of our national anthem, “The Star Spangl’d Banner”.
The Freedom Trail — Massachusetts
USS Constitution — Boston, Massachusetts
Better known as “Old Ironsides”, this is the world’s oldest warship still afloat. Check out a totally free guided tour several times a day.
Harvard University — Cambridge, Massachusetts
Henry Ford Museum — Dearborn, Michigan
Thomas Jefferson National Historic Site — West Orange, NJ
Ellis Island Immigration Museum — New York City
Statue of Liberty — New York City
US Military Academy — West Point, New York
The nation’s greatest military heros and military minds train here before being shipped off to the front lines.
Gettysburg Battlefield — Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Independence Hall — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Instead of listing individual sites to see in our nation’s capital, I recommend visiting the town for a few days and seeing everything. From the White House and the Capital building to the Smithsonian museums, DC is a “can’t miss” historical American spot.
Kennedy Space Center — Florida
National World War Two Museum — New Orleans, Louisiana
Vicksburg and Shiloh National Military Park — Mississippi
Two of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history took place in Mississippi. A trip through this state means a stop at both is a must.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park — North Carolina
Fort Sumter — South Carolina
The official “first shots of the Civil War” were fired here at a man-made island off the coast of South Carolina.
The Alamo — San Antonio, Texas
Johnson Space Center — Houston, Texas
USS Arizona Memorial — Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
A must for those visiting this country — see the place where Japan sneak attacked and engaged America in the second World War.
Death Valley National Park — California
Alcatraz Prison — San Francisco, California
Yosemite National Park — California
Hoover Dam — Nevada
Far from a cliche “drive over a dam”, you could spend most of a day at the Hoover Dam site touring, taking photos, eating lunch in the shadow of the great dam, or one of the many other activities at this amazing man made site.
This is part of a series of blog posts we’re publishing about the best places on Earth. The other posts in this series are: