Whether you’re American or not, the United States is a great destination for history lovers. With preserved landmarks at every corner, top-rated museums and historical museums, it is a country surrounded by history. Many of its cities, such as Boston, Philadelphia or Washington D.C. are often mentioned in the bucket list of history buff travelers. But there are many others that are worth seeing as they allow travelers to broadly appreciate the country’s rich past while admiring its vast landscape. 

Whether you’re planning a trip around America’s top historic destinations or just interested in exploring a couple of them, here you’ll find an interesting list of cities that are worth exploring. Perhaps, organizing a thematic road trip with the family can be a nice family trip to get the children interested in the country’s history!

Fredericksburg, Texas

Even though Fredericksburg has gained its place in the map for its world-class wineries, its exquisite cuisine and jaw-dropping scenery, this small Texan city is also famous for its rich history, important historical sites and attractive museums. LBJ Ranch was the home of the former US President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Museum of the Pacific War was the home of Chester W. Nimitz, the Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet during WWII. 

Don’t miss the Pioneer Museum Complex, which preserves many structures and artifacts from the German immigrants  and Fort Martin Scott Historic Site, one of the first Army sites in Texas. 

Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, capital city of Virginia, surprises visitors with many historical settlements. Besides, as one of oldest major cities in the country, it played a prominent role in American history. Richmond served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War and it’s home of the American Civil War Museum, Richmond National Battlefield Park or the Civil War statues on Monument Avenue. 

Virginia Capitol Building, the Black History Museum or the attractive Edgar Allan Poe Museum are just a few of the attractions that you can’t miss on your trip to Richmond.

Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis, in Maryland, is one of history lovers’ favorite cities. Located close to Washington DC and Baltimore, it’s usually a magnet for tourists that flock there to explore its interesting past. If you’re staying in any of the major cities mentioned above, you can rent a car to see the city at your own pace. Just don’t forget the insurance policy for a safe ride!  It has the oldest original state capitol building and its wooden dome construction is just stunning. What’s more? It’s still in use!!!! 

Annapolis is also the home to the US Naval Academy. You can’t miss the Colonial Annapolis Historic District with its over 100 buildings from the XVIIIth century. 

Washington, DC

Washington DC, the capital of the country, welcomes visitors with an interesting assortment of attractions. To start with, history lovers are invited to spend hours on end at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, home of more than 3 million objects that show how America has evolved and grown over time. Needless to say, make sure you save time to visit the White House during your stay in Washington DC!

The Washington Monument, the Capitol Building, and the beautiful and moving Lincoln Memorial are must-see attractions that any history lover just cannot miss. 

Boston, Massachusetts 

Boston is a city where visitors immerse themselves in history whether they are history buffs or not. The first public library of the country was inaugurated here, as well as the first public school or the first public park. Boston had the first subway system! The cobblestoned streets haven’t changed since the time of the Puritans and the revolutionaries and there are historic sites everywhere! 

With its many historic neighborhoods and buildings, Boston is a lovely city to explore. The colonial architecture stands out against modern buildings and impressive skyscrapers, showing convincingly how far the city has gone. The Old State House, which dates to 1713, is considered  the oldest public building in the city. 

Following the Freedom Trail, which is clearly marked along the city’s sidewalks, is probably the best way to explore and enjoy Boston’s historic past. The Trail starts near the State House, designed in 1798, and ends in the Bunker Hill Battlefield. Along the way you’ll be able to appreciate, Charles River, the King’s Chapel and many other historic attractions. 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

From 1790 to 1800, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States due to its privileged location midway between north and south. Before that, it was the place where the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation and the Constitution were written. 

From the architectonic point of view, Philly is a stunning city! You can appreciate vintage historic buildings from the colonial period in various areas of the city. Some of the most beautiful ones can be spotted at Chestnut Hill, Manayunk or Germantown. Lemon Hill and Strawberry Mansion are two stunning colonial mansions. 

Many attractions in Philadelphia are rich in history. History buffs simply need to visit the Liberty Bell, the Independence Hall or the Museum of the American Revolution.