While the east coast seems to have the corner of the market on quaint historic towns, those in the Pacific Northwest are home to a hidden small gem of their own. Jacksonville, Oregon, was originally a gold mining town back in the 1850’s. It then continued to gain prominence until the railroad pushed many to leave. However, much of the city is preserved as a National Historic Landmark. And this is a convenient location for those seeking a quiet adventure.
For generations, Hanover, New Hampshire has been an eclectic destination for families, couples, business travelers, and more. Hanover has managed to retain its classic small town appeal while developing modern-day area attractions to discover. This New England spot is a hub for college students and families with an idyllic downtown. Here’s our guide to this charming New England small town.
Unless you’ve attended the University of North Georgia, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Dahlonega. Consider the population is a little over 5,000 and a name that’s hard to pronounce, it’s easy to see why. But unlike other small towns, this one is anything but sleepy. One part college town and one part historic destination town, Dahlonega has much to offer its guests.
While many know the famous story of Lewis and Clark being bravely lead by Sacagawea to the Pacific Northwest, not many know that part of today’s Interstate 75 follows where they traveled. Located primarily in Nebraska, the Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway is a road trip of historic proportions.
Comprised of eight historic cities, the Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway works to promote tourism, education, and the preservation of these communities. When you find yourself in Nebraska, go the way of Lewis and Clark; your country will thank you for it.
Since 1816, Columbus has been the capital of Ohio, growing from little more than a fur trading outpost to one of the largest cities in the nation. The Biggest Small Town in America is home to a thriving arts community, professional sports teams, and even a replica ship of the Santa Maria.
Located near the center of the state, Columbus has long been a hub for multiple industries, attractions, landmarks, and more. Whether you’ll be home there for the holidays or visiting for business or pleasure, be sure to catch these five hot spots while you’re in Columbus.
Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is a must-see for anyone who appreciates war memorials, World War II history, or simply looking for a fascinating addition to their Oahu island vacation. The attack on Pearl Harbor has fascinated Americans for decades as being one of the most well-known enemy attacks against the U.S. While December 7th may forever live in infamy, the event has captured the hearts and minds of many with books, big budget studio movies, video games, and more. However, the best way to experience history is in person, and this guide serves to help you on your visit.
The National Park Service has been celebrating the best in our nation’s historical and natural preservation with sites that are as magnificent as they are educational. However, some historical sites are little narrower in the frame of reference, either celebrating a famed scientist or a work of fiction that many people have loved for decades. Although they are not a part of the NPS, the certainly could be, and are still worth checking out on your next road trip.
When most people hear “Washington state”, they generally think about cold, rainy weather, coffee, and grunge music. However, what many people don’t realize is that Washington is actually home to some beautiful beaches. It may not always be the tropical day with your feet in the water and sand, but for those seeking a day away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle, a day at the beach is always a great idea.
Many trips often ask you to make a choice: explore the great outdoors, or spend time touring the city. Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park says why not both? This historic park combines the historic reenactment town charm with beautiful park views. Whether you want to spend a day in a museum setting, hiking, or learning about the colonial era of our nation, Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park has a little something for everyone.
The Midwest has a huge collection of oddities, nationally recognized landmarks, and other unique offerings you just can’t find anywhere else. Sometimes it feels like you can’t turn around without seeing something of significance in Middle America.
While everyone knows about the St. Louis Gateway Arch or Mount Rushmore, there are so many other unique historic landmarks that you can visit. Here are five historic landmarks you may not have known about that you can visit on your next Midwestern road trip.