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5 Places Every American History Junkie Needs to Visit

There is nothing quite like seeing a historical artifact or location in person. Being at a historical site brings the stories you’ve read about to life. Here are five locations in the United States of America that every history buff should visit.

1. New Haven, Connecticut  

According to the New Haven Museum, English Puritans founded New Haven in 1638. Containing the first street grid plan in the American colonies, it is likely that New Haven was the first planned city in the nation. New Haven is also home to Yale University, the third oldest higher education institution in the United States. There are a number of interesting historical attractions in New Haven, such as the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, the New Haven Museum, East Rock Park, the Knights of Columbus Museum, and Lighthouse Point Park.

2. Nashville, Tennessee

The capital of Tennessee, Nashville was founded in 1779. Nicknamed “Music City,” Nashville is home to many famous locations concerning rock n’ roll and country music history. Notable attractions in Nashville include the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, and the Grand Ole Opry House.

3. Washington DC

The capital of the United States is home to numerous landmarks and notable locations. The city itself is built around the buildings and monuments of the capital. The Smithsonian Museum, situated at the heart of the city, contains a myriad of exhibits, covering every topic imaginable. Notable landmarks include the White House, the United States Senate, the Washington Monument, and the National Museum of History. According to Avis, the National Museum of History puts all other natural history museums to shame, with a vast array of exhibits and displays celebrating animals, plant life, and human evolution. So if you’re also a biology fan, you’ll definitely want to see what’s up.

4. Boston, Massachusetts

Puritan Colonists from England founded the city of Boston in 1630. Old State House, the oldest public building in the area, dates back to 1713. The city is also home to many old cemeteries, including Copps Hill Burial Ground, and The Old Granary. The sidewalks of Boston mark the way of the Freedom Trail, a route that takes visitors to several historical locations including the Bunker Hill, the Charles River, The Old State House, and The King’s Chapel. And let’s not forget to mention that you’ll be in New England, and thus in the best location in the country to try clam chowder in all its delicious glory.

5. New Orleans, Louisiana  

New Orleans is a city steeped in mystery and history. Founded by the French Mississippi Company in 1718, New Orleans was originally called La Nouvelle-Orleans. New Orleans and its surrounding land became a part of the United States in 1803 as a part of the Louisiana Purchase. History lovers will enjoy the crypt-filled graveyards that occupy New Orleans’ French Quarter. According to Conde Nast Traveler, some of the best attractions in the city are Preservation Hall, The National WWII Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Spotted Cat Music Club, and the Orpheum Theater. The city is also renowned for its yearly Mardi Gras celebration.

History buffs know that the best way to experience history is by visiting the places where remarkable people lived and remarkable events occurred. These five cities are but a sampling of the history-soaked cities of America. So if you have some vacation time coming up soon, don’t forget to consider these great destinations.

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