Traveling far and wide is always enthralling– the more you get outside your comfort zone the more you get to see the world in all its varied glory. However, for a number of reasons — price, proximity to family and flight-phobia among them — not everybody can make it overseas for their holiday whenever they want.
So for those of us who dream of the Acropolis, long for the Pyramids and have a general thirst for history on our travels, what can we do if we can’t travel to these exotic locations? Perhaps there is something closer to home that could capture the culture vulture in you. America may be a young country by comparison but it’s not without its history– and it’s a history that makes for fascinating journeys. Four centuries worth of them, in fact. Take the following examples for starters…
18th Century: Philadelphia, The Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most important documents in the history of America, and a piece of history all by itself. It was signed in the Pennsylvania State House on July 4th, 1776 and to this day, the building is known as “Independence Hall”. The declaration itself now sits in the United States Capitol in Washington (more on that later), but the Independence Hall is still a vital building in the nation’s history, and well worth a trip to Philadelphia.
19th Century: The Civil War Battlefield at Antietam
Some might argue that there were more important Civil War battles, such as Gettysburg, but Antietam in 1862 was the first field battle of the war. It was also the bloodiest, with the highest death toll in a single day. To look over it now you could easily forget the violent past; the field is beautiful, serene, and set among the wonderful Maryland countryside. However, cannons from the time have been preserved, and there’s a visitor’s center that tells the story of a battle that the Union needed to win… and did.
20th Century: Houston, Johnson Space Center (and Mission Control)
1968 had been a tumultuous year in American history; we needed 1969 to be better. So on July 20th, when Neil Armstrong said those famous words, a nation united in celebration. The moon landings were directed from here in Houston, at the Johnson Space Center. A short trip from the Crowne Plaza Suites Houston – near Sugar Land and the Natural Science Center — the Johnson Space Center is an educational and emotional trip for families and solo travelers alike.
21st Century: Whatever Happens Next, It’ll Happen In Washington
It’s safe to say we’ve had historic moments already in the last eighteen years; some for the right reasons and some for more somber ones. What is certain is that the moments our great-great-grandkids will learn about will take place in the present-day capital of the USA. At the White House, in Congress and beyond, decisions will be made and contested and handed down to posterity.
So as you can see, there’s plenty of history right at home in the USA– which of the above do you think might tempt you?