By Mark Faldmo, Jr.
Travel can serve many purposes. Traveling to see historical sites can be one of the most memorable and rewarding vacations you can take. This year is the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg. This has brought attention to the sites of the Civil War and American History. Four of these sites you don’t want to miss.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. All Civil War sites are worth a visit, but if you have to choose one, Gettysburg is the one you should see. This was the pivotal battle of the Civil War. Gettysburg Battlefield has a new visitor’s center with an amazing museum and displays that describe the battle.
There are several ways you can experience the battlefield itself. You can drive your own vehicle with the assistance of an audio guide CD or with a certified battlefield guide. Seasonally, they also offer bus tours with a certified guide.
The entire city of Boston is filled with historic sites related to the birth of our nation. The best way to see the sights is by walking the Freedom Trail. Because Boston is relatively small, you can easily walk from site to site. The Freedom Trail takes three to four hours to walk and will take you to sites like Bunker Hill, Paul Revere’s House, the Old North Church and more.
If you prefer not to walk you can also visit these sights by taking a Hop-on-Hop-off bus tour. Other Revolutionary War sites like the battlefields of Lexington and Concord are only a short drive outside of the city.
Philadelphia is the birthplace of our nation. It is where our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. From the main square in Philadelphia you can easily visit the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
The National Mall with its museums and monuments are frequently visited sites. But there are some less visited sites that give a good perspective on U.S History. Mount Vernon, George Washington’s home, is a must-see as well as Fort. McHenry where the Star Spangled Banner was written during the War of 1812.
A great bonus for us Westerners is that all of these “must see” places can be visited in one vacation of seven to 10 days. Take a memorable trip to see U.S. History sights. This is a perfect vacation for all ages.