History isn’t, admittedly, the first thing most people think of when they think of the United States of America. They think of adventure, the great outdoors, iconic cities, and the other staples of Americana. However, though the States might not be able to boast a history that dates back as far as other cities, there’s still plenty to discover. That the history is so close to present day doesn’t diminish its importance; it makes it even more attractive! Below, we take a look at five American cities that modern history buffs will love to discover.
American history doesn’t begin with its independence from its British overlords, but it is the most notable moment in the nation’s past. Boston’s east coast location meant that it had already had a long history by the time of the revolutionary war, as it was one of the first major settlements for the Puritans who had fled to the new world. By the time of the war with Britain, Boston was a major city and was used as a base to win the war. Visitors can walk along the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where they can visit many historic sites from this period.
Savannah is, in many ways, America’s most beautiful city. It features hundreds upon hundreds of well-preserved historic buildings, public squares, and cobblestone streets. Why is it so well preserved? Because during the Civil War, its beauty meant that it was saved from being burned down. From their base at Magnolia Inn & Suites, visitors can explore sites like Wright Square, which was laid out in 1733, or take a historic riverboat cruise along the Savannah River. A trip to this city is like stepping back into the past since few significant changes have occurred here for hundreds of years.
This city is sometimes overshadowed by other east coast giants Washington D.C and New York, but Philadelphia has, arguably, even more history than those two cities. It dates back hundreds of years and was the location for many of America’s greatest achievements, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. You can visit Independence Hall, where these two documents were signed, as well as the iconic Liberty Bell; this is the bell that rang out in 1776 before the reading of the Declaration of Independence.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is an unusual American city, in that it is so inspired by French culture. It’s a mix of French, Spanish, and American history, where you’ll find the nation’s oldest bars and churches. You’ll also want to explore the Garden District, which is home to many beautiful homes that are nearly 200 years old.
New York City, New York
New York City is a bit of everything, including history. While its old buildings have long been replaced by skyscrapers, these streets have been the location for many of America’s most defining moments, which are far too extensive to list here. Go, and you’ll find plenty of history – as well as much more.