Heritage Tours of America


America may have one of the shortest histories of any major western democracy, but it is a vibrant one. In the United States, vacationing to see historical landmarks and learn about historically significant Americans has become something of an industry in itself. Every year, people from the United States and around the world flock to the many important historical centers of the country. In some cases, these tours involve a place of some historical significance to the country. In other cases, it's all about a historical figure and his or her impact on the course of the country's history. In either case, there are many places for visitors to venture while they are in the country.

Historical Buildings and Cities

Wherever you go in America, there is a rich history waiting to be discovered. The important thing to keep in mind when you are planning an American heritage tour is the type of history you are interested in. For example, if you are interested in visiting the places most important in the early formation of the republic, you would spend most of your time on the east coast. However, you'd need to go farther west to learn about the expansionist history of the United States that brought much of the country's riches.

On the east coast, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. should be on any history lover's list. These cities were the epicenter of growth when the colonies were first started, and they were hotbeds of activity when rebellion began to foment. There are numerous museums and historical markers to be found here, and the tourism boards of each city provide you with a wealth of information in this regard. For the greatest insight on the totality of American history, the National Mall in Washington D.C. is a "must-stop" location. The various buildings and exhibits of the Smithsonian cover everything from pre-revolutionary history to contemporary culture.

On the west coast, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland offer a unique look at how the United States opened itself up to the world. Major port cities like this allow you to learn about the rich mining and shipping heritage that helped make the United States so powerful. The Port of Portland is a major stop for tourists, mostly thanks to its colorful history of questionable business practices before the 1930s. The Cobb House is located in Seattle. The house is named after Charles Cobb, who is considered by many to be the economist who best defined the growth model of the United States from the late 19th century onward.

Historically Significant People

The building of America took a lot of dedicated, rugged individuals doing a whole lot of work for the common good. Some of these people have been immortalized in American history for the work they've done. Some others have properties that have been deemed significant to the national heritage of the United States, and have therefore been preserved for visitors. These places can be found all over the United States, and are often very easy to find when you know where to look.

Benjamin Franklin is considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of the United States, and his legacy can be felt throughout much of the east coast. Franklin Court is one of the only remaining relics of Benjamin Franklin's homes left in the United States. The only full-standing home of Benjamin Franklin still in existence can be found in London, UK. However, the frame of Franklin's home in Philadelphia can be visited to this day. The house was sadly torn down in the early 1800s, but the court is still a popular destination.

Harriet Tubman is perhaps one of the most famous abolitionists in the history of the country. Her underground railroad led to the freeing of an untold number of slaves, and solidified her name in American history. The path she used to transport runaway slaves to the north is still mostly in operation today as a national historic trail, and can be visited by interested tourists. Known as a "Heritage Trail" under the stewardship of the National Park Service, it can be reached most easily from its northern terminus in New York State.

Seeing the Sites

There are a lot of places and people to learn about in the United States, and it would be impossible to get a full picture of this country's history in just one visit. However, proper planning can help you see the best of what the country was to offer in a reasonable amount of time. When you book with one of the many tour operators working in the country, you will be in the best position possible to get the most out of your trip. A quick look at the tourist information website of the cities you want to visit will be your best resource.

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