The Best Historic Vacation Destinations

If you’re a history buff, you’ll love to visit some of the living historic cities we have in the United States. From the original 13 colonies in the East to Native American and Spanish culture in the West, out country’s history began well before the Mayflower. Here are some of the best historic vacationĀ destinations in the United States.

Boston, MA

Boston is a city that had a huge part in the Revolutionary War. They didn’t call it the Boston Tea Party for nothing. It’s also the city of firsts for America. It had the first public library, first subway system, first public school, and first public park. The Freedom Trail is the best way to hit all the major historic sites. The two and a half mile path will take you pastĀ Boston Common, Old North Church, Site of the Boston Massacre, and more.

Santa Fe, NM

Santa Fe’s history dates back to 1610 when it was founded as a Spanish colony. The best part of this city is there is history everywhere! Just walking downtown you’ll spot old Pueblo-style architecture everywhere you turn. The Palace of Governors is in the center of the city and was built in the 17th century as Spain’s seat of government. It’s now turned into a history museum. You can also see old churches like Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and San Miguel Mission. If you’re looking for a place to stay near all of Santa Fe’s historic sites, Four Kachinas Inn is right in the center of the city.

New Orleans, LA

The unique architecture and relaxed vibe of New Orleans make it more than just a historic destination. In the center of the city sits Jackson Square and the St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest continually running cathedral in America. You’ll want to take an old New Orleans streetcar down to Bourbon Street for a taste of New Orleans jazz culture. Lafayette Cemetary is the city’s first cemetery and started in the 1830s. The beautiful and old grave sites are definitely a sight worth seeing.

Philadelphia, PA

William Penn was an early settler of America and the founder of Philadelphia. It was both an early capital of the U.S. and where many of America’s major documents were signed including the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution. Philadelphia is also the site of the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross house which are both worth a visit.

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