Did you know that President’s Day is held in celebration of George Washington’s birthday? Washington and Lincoln were actually both born in February, and as of 1879, and although it rarely falls on either President’s real birthyday, (Washington was born on February 22nd, and Lincoln on February 12th), President’s Day is observed on the 3rd Monday of the month. We thought today would be an appropriate time for a little US History lesson, so keep scrolling to learn about these 5 incredibly rich historic places to visit in the United States of America!
Montgomery, Alabama There are few cities in American history more notable than Montgomery. It’s where Jefferson Davis took oath as President of the Confederate States of America and the first orders of the Civil War were given. It’s where the march from Selma, Alabama concluded, where Martin Luther King was pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus. Montgomery was even the first city in the Northern Hemisphere to install an electric mass transit system. There’s so much to explore in Montgomery, whether you’re a history buff or not! Click here to book your hotel.
Annapolis, Maryland Did you know that Annapolis was once known as the “Athens of America?” In fact, Annapolis used to be the country’s capital when the Treaty of Paris was signed, which ended the Revolutionary War. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson’s Annapolis homes are all still standing today. Maryland is also home to the three oldest colleges in the country: William and Mary, Harvard, and the US Naval Academy which is the oldest, founded in 1845. Annapolis is lovely to explore by water or walking tour, but you’ll need a great hotel during your stay! Click here to get yours.
Williamsburg, Virginia Virginia was once the most populous and most influential of the American colonies. It was a hub of revolutionary ideas, leadership and the development of self-government. Williamsburg was the political, cultural and educational center from 1699 to 1780; 81 years, where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and more chose to make it all happen. The Historic Area of Colonial Williamsburg stretches over 301 acres, and includes hundreds of historical structures, houses and shops. Why not retrace the steps of Presidents and history-makers during a trip to Williamsburg? Click here to get started planning your trip.
Boston, Massachusetts Since the year 1630 when the Puritans first landed on the country’s shores, Boston has played a central role. Colonial rebellion prefixed revolution, which ultimately lead to the formation of this very country. Home to the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, the town was the place where Patriots banned together and Loyalists held their ground. Eventually, the Patriots claimed their solidarity and freedom from Britain for good. After the American Revolution, Boston became one of the world’s wealthiest international trading ports, and the city is still “rich” with history today. There’s so much to explore in Boston, click here to get started!
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Often regarded as the birthplace of American democracy, Philadelphia is home to the Pennsylvania State House, where 56 courageous men gathered and defied the King of England. Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell, the Betsy Ross House and Valley Forge National Historical Park. The history of Pennsylvania goes back much further than the Revolutionary times, when many Indian tribes roamed the land and the territory was eventually traded by Dutch and English settlers. A monument in Penn Treaty Park commemorates the formation of Pennsylvania today. Ready to go deep into US history? Click here to forge your path, and to choose your hotel 🙂
Happy President’s Day!