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.
More than 250,000 people visit Salem, Massachusetts annually to explore all the city has to offer during Halloween. October is one of the best times to visit Salem, Massachusetts, the “witch town” known for its sinister past and spooky aura.
Read on to learn more about the haunted happenings taking place throughout the entire month of October in Salem, Massachusetts:
Raise your hand if you love a ghost tour!
That’s right, we thought there would be a few of you. The fact of the matter is, ghost tours are not only incredibly fun (in a really scary way), but they are also great ways to learn about a city.
Oftentimes, when you’re on a ghost tour, you’re being taken to all sorts of little nooks and crannies around a city that you didn’t even know existed in the first place. It’s really having the opportunity to look at a city in a truly different way.
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.
“Never forget.” These are the words you’ll hear as Americans share their memories and grief for the attacks we experienced on September 11, 2001. Throughout the years, over 700 memorials and tributes have been created across the U.S. Whether you grieve in private or want to gain support from others, here are just a few of the many 9/11 living memorials you can visit and pay your respects to. While they are incredibly relevant to remember in September, we urge you to make time to visit these any time of year.
Native American art museums unite creative expression with historic detail about our country’s original residents. While these institutions are fewer and further between than traditional art galleries, the opportunity to learn about various tribes and their heritage is invaluable. We’ve rounded up a handful of them that are well worth the trip!
As most people know, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, which has shined the spotlight especially brightly on the best known parks in our country. Yet, while Yellowstone, Acadia, the Great Smoky Mountains and a handful of other perennially popular parks get the most attention, what isn’t widely known is that the National Park Service actually manages over 400 national parks, national monuments and historic sites. I’ve had the great fortune to visit many of them in my travels, which led me to compile the following list of recommendations.
No doubt you’ve heard of National Parks and National Forests, but National Landmarks? Well, those aren’t quite as clear cut as the other two. A National Landmark is sort of that in between phase, places that are very beautiful or very important, but not quite up to the standard of a National Park.
National Historic Landmarks can be natural, buildings, and even monuments. They can be their own stand alone sites, or you can find them tucked away inside a National Park, National Forest, or State Park as well. One thing you must know about them though? You shouldn’t miss out on them.
We like to think of the three-day Memorial Day weekend as a time to get away. This year, why not drive away to one of the places that have a tie to the theme or origins of Memorial Day itself. Memorial Day began as a way to remember the fallen from the Civil War. While many large cities and national historic site are logical destinations to remember the day, you may not have thought of these destinations, some of which have a right to claim to be the place where Memorial Day began, and some of which offer special events on Memorial Day Weekend.
Some of the best historic attractions to visit in the U.S. are actually former residences. There is so much you can learn about an era or a famous historical figure by exploring the way they lived daily life. From modest abodes to expansive mansions, we love old homes! Learn about our favorite historic homes that you can visit and let us know which ones you love!