Where Are the Best Historical Places to Visit?

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

Washington, DC

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: