If you spend your weekends watching the History Channel and visiting your local community center, it may be time to move. Certain cities in the US serve as living, perfectly preserved time capsules, which are heavenly for history lovers. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the history of our country’s independence or explore different Native American cultures, read on, there’s somewhere on this list for you.
Boston, MA for Freedom
The beginning of the United States as we know it began in Boston, easily making it one of the best places to live if you’re interested in history. The old, sprawling city’s Freedom Trail will easily lead you to many of the country’s milestones, such as the first church and the first school. Boston is even home to America’s first park: Boston Common.
Revisit the story behind the Boston Tea Party or take in a Red Sox game, because even Fenway Park is a much-loved historic landmark and the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball. Simply walking through Boston’s cobbled streets is like walking through another age. Another draw is the city’s proximity to other history-rich towns, like Salem.
Philadelphia, PA for Liberty
The City of Brotherly Love is rich with history as well. If you do nothing but spend time at Independence Hall or visit the Liberty Bell, you can still feel the birth of a nation vibrating through the old streets. Here you’ll find presidential homes, the oldest consistently inhabited street, and the first hospital in America: Pennsylvania Hospital.
Washington, DC for Government
Washington, DC is a given for history lovers, if only for its capital status. However, the district is a place of living history. As you walk down the streets, take in the presidential monuments, or visit the many museums and archives around Capitol Hill. Take a tour of the White House if possible, and remember, you’re experiencing history as it happens. The town buzzes with political intrigue from the past and present, and is a must for anyone with a vested interest in US history.
Richmond, VA for the Civil War
Virginia is full of historically important towns, ranging from Appomattox to Colonial Williamsburg. Richmond, however, was the Confederate capital during the Civil War, which gives it a special significance. The Historical Society is well-known for the richness of its Civil War archives and paraphernalia, and the city is near both DC and many other historically relevant spots.
Colorado and Utah for Native American Culture
Although not necessarily a single city, true history lovers will want to visit Colorado and Utah to experience the Trail of the Ancients. Winding through Mesa Verde National Park, it leads you through areas that were once home to the ancient Ancestral Puebloans, the Navajos, and the Ute. There are archaeological sites, such as cliff dwellings, and awe-inspiring monuments, including Monument Valley, the Four Corners Monument, and the Natural Bridges National Monument.
San Antonio, TX for the Alamo
The Alamo isn’t the only reason San Antonio is historically important, but it’s one of the biggest. America is full of cities and towns that are relevant in the fight for independence, although those fights took place for different reasons. San Antonio still has an old west feel, and Davy Crockett is alive and well, as a myth and a man.
History presents itself in various ways throughout the United States, but each historical site is impressive, relevant, and rich. What’s the most stunning historical site you’ve learned about or experienced during your travels?