Independence Hall - Philadelphia
Photograph by Dan Smith
History vacations are always wonderful learning experiences, but they can be really great (and often cheap) family vacations too. Visiting historic sites from American history provide lots of interesting and educational information, as well as just being fascinating and fun places to visit!
Imagine walking through some of the same houses and buildings where America's founding fathers and mothers once walked and lived, such as Independence Hall in historic Philadelphia.
Or how about a Ghosts and Gravestones Tour of Boston for some spooky family fun?
Take the Patriots' Passage Family Vacation
for eight days of family fun while
learning about American history!
Another great tour in Boston is the Freedom Trail - a 2.5 mile walking trail to 16 historic sites. The Boston Freedom Trail tour is a really great family vacation - and it's very affordable! There is also a Boston holiday stroll, if you are visiting Boston during the holiday season. If you want to skip the crowded tours, you can download an audio tour for your own private tour of some historic cities and sites.
For history vacations to the Washington D.C. area, you can include some side trips to tour George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon and visit and Old Town Alexandria, or hop on over to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate in Charlottesville, Virginia.
For Civil War buffs taking history vacations, you could take a day trip to visit Gettysburg and other Civil War areas.
If you like museums, you should plan on visiting the National Museum of American History or one of the other Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. and see the original Star Spangled Banner flag that once flew over Fort McHenry and other great items from history! You can book a Washington, D.C. in a day tour that includes the world famous Smithsonian museums, the Capital building, the south lawn of the White House, World War II Memorial, in addition to other monuments and landmarks in D.C.
There are so many wonderful historic sites and museums in the U.S.! You could plan historic vacations for years and never see them all! Just think...one summer you could walk through historic Williamsburg and stay in an official Colonial Williamsburg hotel or The Historic Powhatan Resort. During the same trip, you could visit historic Jamestowne and the Yorktown Battlefield. Or take a one day Colonial Williamsburg tour that leaves from Washington, D.C., and visit the historic sites that you've read about in history books. Walk around and look at some historic homes in Virginia and just enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery.
Another year, you could visit North Carolina historic sites such as Alamance Battleground and nearby historic Stagville or Brunswick Town, Ft. Anderson and Ft. Fisher. And don't forget the south, when you think about planning a historical vacation. Savannah is just one of the southern cities that is rich with heritage and perfect for history vacations! There you can take the Historic Savannah Trolley Tour and then stay in the historic Planter's Inn or the Mansion On Forsyth Park.
When many people think of history vacations, they would automatically think of planning a trip to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia or Boston. These areas should definitely be on your "must see" list, but there are so many more that you might not have thought of! I hope that this section of American History Fun Facts will provide some ideas for you, as well as a place for you to submit your own history vacation stories. Please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit your story and photographs.
I will be adding new pages for different states with historic sites as time allows. Please stay tuned! In the meantime, here are some links for "City Passes" to several historical cities. These passes can save you quite a bit of money if you are planning to visit these cities! You can also buy Travel Guides for ALL 50 states at Maps.com
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