One of the best part of traveling is the learning that often fits hand in hand. When traveling domestically, there is an abundance of information and destinations that offers a little insight into America’s history.
You can travel from coast to coast and learn something new about the creation of country in every city or small town you find. Below we spotlight five United States cities that are rich with history from the Revolution to the Jazz movement.
Massachusetts itself is rich with American history, but Boston, its capital, is laced with tiny enchantments. You can walk the Freedom Trail – the path that Sam Adams took to alert the rebels of the British troops’ arrival – and stumble upon relics from the past. Also unique to the city, you can see a reenactment of the Boston Tea Party, skip out to Lexington and Concord or Bunker Hill. Your options are endless here – and so is the learning. And if you are into a more modern American history – check out Fenway Park, the oldest MLB stadium in America.
While we New Englanders are partial to the history made here during the revolution – there is no denying the importance Philadelphia played in the years before and after we declared independence. You can see the places where our forefathers debated and haggled over our rights from the liberty bell to carpenter’s Hall – the meeting place of the First Continental Congress. You’ll be amidst 18th century history like you’ve never experienced. And when you are famished from all the learning – grab a cheese steak. We hear they are good.
New Orleans, LA
American history does not start and end with the Revolution and the forefathers. If music is your passion, you can’t pass on a trip to New Orleans – the birth place of modern jazz. Not only can you visit the earliest bars and saloons jazz was played, but you can hear it for yourself. The streets are alive with it. You can also experience the chaos of the French quarter, see the original Louisiana Purchase document and take a haunted tour!
New York City, NY
America’s melting pot began with immigrants arriving at the New York City shore. You can take a peek into this reality at Elis Island to understand the past. Of course, there is the Statue of Liberty, Broadway and Wall Street, but also oases within the city. Stroll through Central Park, experience the beauty of the Cloisters or get lost in the Metropolitan. We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention the beautiful National September 11th Memorial and Museum, the perfect place to spend a moment reflecting and paying respects.
Any car lovers out there? Detroit is, of course, the birth place of the American automobile industry. In the city and its suburbs, you can experience the wonder and history of how automobiles evolved in this country. There is the Henry Ford Museum and Green Village, the Automotive Hall of Fame and the Ford Rouge Factory – Detroit’s only public tour of a vehicle manufacturing plant. Heck – it isn’t called the Motor City for nothing!