New York City
Sanchai Kumar/Shutterstock Although best known as the glittering city that never sleeps, the Big Apple is also rich in American history. Take the ferry past the iconic Statue of Liberty to reach Ellis Island and its fascinating interactive exhibits exploring the country’s amazing immigrant foundation. Back in Manhattan, head downtown to visit landmarks of the city’s Colonial past including Fraunces Tavern, which served as George Washington’s NYC headquarters during the Revolutionary War, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (now the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian), and Federal Hall where you can see the Bible that was used for Washington’s swearing in, along with other memorabilia.
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Jon Bilous/Shutterstock America’s capital offers monuments to the nation at every turn. Reach out to your Congressional representatives before your visit to arrange tours of both the U.S. Capitol and the White House. On your own, stop at the Lincoln Memorial and Jefferson Memorial; pay tribute the country’s veterans at the memorials to the Vietnam, Korean, and World Wars; and learn more about the country’s history at the Smithsonian’s many museums, including the National Museum of American History, Museum of the American Indian, and National Museum of African American History, and more. Bonus: Admission to the Smithsonian Museums are free… and so are these tourist attractions in every state.