America consists of 50 states that boast varied must-sees, as well as rich histories. Although it is considered a modern country by many and a lot would say that it doesn’t have the grandeur of castles long built and postcard-worthy ruins of ancient times, it is a place that showcases profusion of landmarks – historically and socially-relevant, well-preserved and worth exploring!
Consider taking down that stroll down memory lane with the help of this list of America’s Most Historical Places:
Home of the White House, World War II Memorial and Vietnam War Memorial, it is one place worth visiting with lots of notable landmarks. It is the nation’s capital and a perfect place to learn more about the national government. It also has the National Archives and records Administration; you’ll see interesting documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. And who wouldn’t want to check out the world’s largest museum? The Smithsonian Museum houses vast materials and has 19 museums in total as well as the National Zoological Park.
St. Augustine, Florida
It is the oldest European founded city in the United States; founded by the Spanish in 1565. It is said to also have the oldest house in the United States, which is debatable but still worth the visit, that is now a museum run by the St. Augustine Historical Society. The city holds numerous reminders of Spanish rule – the forts of Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas and the streets lined by buildings built in the 17th and 18th century.
Philadelphia and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
The Swedes arrived in this town as early as 1637 and best reminded today by the Gloria Dei Church (Old Swedes) built in 1677 and remains to be the oldest church in Pennsylvania. And like Washington DC, it is home to many relevant historic sites. Don’t miss a visit to the Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed. The Liberty Bell Center is next to it, the home of an iconic symbol of freedom for the country. There’s also an abundance of vintage historic buildings in numerous areas of the city, drop by Germantown, Chestnut Hill, Manayunk and Lemon Hill to name a few. The first hospital in the country can also be found here – The Pennsylvania Hospital; as well as the US Mint.
After taking in all the rich history that can be found in Pennsylvania, why not pay a trip to Gettysburg? Here you will find Gettysburg monuments dedicated to the Battle of Gettysburg which resulted in 51,000 casualties. Take a guided bus tour of the battlefield and honor the memory of those who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg.
New York, New York
More than being an iconic place for fashion and living the American dream, the City that Never Sleeps also houses sites that are rich in historical value. It is a strategic point for early colonists and used as the gateway to Upper New York and the Hudson Valley.
After the 9-11 attack, the World Trade Center became a famous spot for tourists and pay respect to the numerous lives that were taken in that unforgettable day. Ellis Island, which is the premier federal immigration station from 1892 until 1954, now a museum, is a place where you can witness how America started to become the melting pot that it is today. It is where approximately 40% of all Americans can trace their roots/ancestry. Make sure to drop by the following sites, too: Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s most important and famous museums of art; Grand Central terminal, a railroad station built in 1913; Hudson Valley’s Great Estates; Statue of Liberty, and St. Paul Church.
The state’s oldest city founded in 1733 and shows a great example of early colonial city planning. Savannah is considered as the first city in North America that is planned on an extensive system of squares. Visit the area’s downtown and see the national historic landmarks that the area has to offer. The peculiar characters in of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil were real people and the events portrayed in the story did occur in the places of Savannah.
No matter from where you are, America has great things and experiences to offer you. From notable monuments and skyscrapers to a trip rich in both beauty and history, it is definitely a destination worth meeting and knowing.
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Joy Agres is a lifestyle blogger. She writes for Team Benns, a trusted Denmark-based travel organization that offers group and study trips to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, among many countries around the world.