Independence Day is right around the corner, so why not visit some of America’s most iconic landmarks? No matter where you live in the U.S., take advantage of the long weekend an learn a little more about our history. Here are our suggestions:
Freedom Trail, Boston, MA. Boston played a significant role in our fight for independence. The Freedom Trail in the heart of Boston will take you on a 2.5 mile journey to museums, churches, historic markers and more that tell the story behind the American Revolution. Sites include Boston Common (the oldest public park), the Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party began, Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church which is synonymous with his midnight ride, and more.
Mount Rushmore. Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is truly a national treasure. Carved into the mountains are the faces of 4 presidents – Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, felt that these presidents represented some of the most important events in the first 150 years of America’s history. Spend some time in the visitor’s center to understand the history and gain a greater appreciation for the historic monument. Then walk the Presidential Trail to get a closer view. And don’t forget to enjoy learning about each state and territory through the Avenue of Flags.
Jamestown, VA. One of the first permanent English colonies in America, Jamestown offers a peek into what life may have been like for colonists in the early 1600s. There are two sites to visit in Jamestown, and both are literally right down the street from each other. The Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum that replicates the fort, the nearby Indian village and the ships that the colonists sailed to America in. Historic Jamestowne is the actual site of the original fort where you’ll be able to see what archaeologists have uncovered about the settlement. Make sure you take the guided tours at both sites to get the most out of your trip.
Independence Hall and Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA. In addition to Boston, Philadelphia was central the American Revolution. It’s here that the Declaration of Independence was signed, and the U.S. Constitution was drafted. Take a tour through these historic halls and learn more about our fight for freedom and democracy. Explore the surrounding Independence National Historic Park and stop by the Liberty Bell to learn how it has been used throughout history by abolitionists, the women’s suffrage movement and more.
Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA. Telling the story of the first English settlements, Plimoth Plantation brings the lives of the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag Indians to life. Learn the traditions of the two cultures, how they interacted with each other. And learn the REAL story behind the first Thanksgiving!
Are you ready to plan your trip to these and other historical sites in America? Let Luxury Destinations Concierge be your guide. Give us a call at (805) 236-4437. We’re ready to help you create a memorable experience!
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