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Are You a History Buff? 6 Locations You Need to Visit

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America is rich in history.

It may not be thousands of years old, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a wealth of historical places and landmarks to visit.

If you’re a lover of history, plan your next vacation or even a long-weekend trip to one of these locations.

1. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Not only was it the first capital of our country, it’s also where the Declaration of Independence was signed and home to the Liberty Bell. The historic district is beautiful and many of the best sights to see are within walking distance of each other.

Don’t forget to try a real Philly Cheesesteak!

There are plenty of places to stay in the area, as well, or you could opt to go a little further outside the city.

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2. Washington, D.C.

There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in our nation’s capital!

The must-see monuments include the Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and the WW II, Korean War, and Vietnam Memorials.

One of the coolest things about D.C. is that the Smithsonian Museums are totally free and well worth your time.Lincoln Memorial Washington DC

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Puritans and revolutionaries roamed the same cobblestone streets that are still there for you to walk on when you visit Boston.

It boasts a lot of “firsts,” too! It’s home to the first public library, the first public school, the first public park, and the first subway system.

You won’t want to miss the Paul Revere House or Faneuil Hall.

Whether you stay in a historic B&B in the city or a modern hotel outside the city, you’ll enjoy a trip full of history.boston irish immigrants sculpture

4. Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

While it’s a popular vacation destination for visitors to the Outer Banks, it has its fair share of history, too.

Home of the Wright brothers, Kitty Hawk is where they lived while they tested their new flying contraptions.

It’s also home to historic lighthouses and the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve, where Native Americans roamed centuries ago.

You won’t have any trouble finding rentals in Kitty Hawk for you to stay in as you explore this area of the country.long beach california1

5. Yosemite

If natural history is your thing, you definitely need to make the trek out west.

There’s so much to see, from towering waterfalls and staggeringly vast, thousand-year-old Sequoia trees to some of the most unique rock formations you can find in the world.

No matter your level of hiking proficiency, there’s a trail for you!

As far as lodging goes, the Tenaya Lodge is as close as you can get to sleeping in nature without actually sleeping on the ground!rio grande waterfall new mexico

6. San Francisco, California

One of the biggest draws to San Francisco for history buffs is Alcatraz. You can get the best views of this now-defunct prison from Fisherman’s Wharf.

Take a ride on a cable car and visit the sea lions by the bay, just don’t forget to snap some pics of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Decide which area you want to spend the most time in and you won’t have any trouble finding any kind of lodging you want.

From the Atlantic to the Pacific, there’s no shortage of historical locations for you to visit in the United States.

Whether it’s Kitty Hawk, North Carolina or San Francisco, California, pack your camera and get on the road.Cable Car at Ghiradelli Square

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