The 6 Best Cities in the U.S for Historic Tours

Some of the most memorable traveling experiences to be had within the abundantly interesting borders of the United States tend to happen when discovering something new, or in the same sense, when discovering something old.

History is dripping from every open pore within America’s war-torn map, making for seemingly endless opportunity for both extremely educational and extremely indelible trip and travel experiences.

School groups, scout groups, church groups, college groups, and even family groups are all more recently getting involved in historically-based travel, whether the trips in question are outright adventures into discovery, or they were accidentally educational journeys not soon forgotten. Whatever reason you choose, visiting any of the history-drenched cities below will not be a disappoint, we guarantee that much!

  • D.C - What can we even begin to say about the amount of cultural, milital, and political history found within our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C? How about that with any sort of trip to D.C you will undoubtedly discover both something new and something old, and that you will get a sort of insider's sneak peek at what’s going on in our nation’s government?

    Top 3 Sites to See: White House, Lincoln Memorial, Smithsonian Institute

    U.S. Capital building in Washington, DC in the fall.

    U.S. Capital building in Washington, DC in the fall.

  • Birmingham - This is an oftentimes overlooked American city that we absolutely LOVE for historic group tours, this iconic Alabama city one of the most important spots in the entire country for Civil Rights History. This was actually the prime spot for Civil Rights activity in the 1960’s, an unforgettably poignant spot on the map of U.S history.

    Top 3 Sites to See: Civil Rights District, 16th Street Baptist Church, McWane Science Center

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    Birmingham Alabama 1916


  • Boston - We’re sure Boston comes to mind when you think of historic cities in America, and if it doesn’t, it certainly should. From the iconically historic meeting spot at Faneuil Hall to all the stops on the Freedom Trail, this city is absolutely steeped in American Revolution history, the spot actually considered to be one of the oldest in the U.S, founded in 1630.

    Top 3 Sites to See: Faneuil Hall, Freedom Trail, Fenway Park

    George Washington statue as the famous landmark in Boston Common Park with city skyline and skyscrapers.

    George Washington statue as the famous landmark in Boston Common Park with city skyline and skyscrapers.


  • Philadelphia - Pennsylvania’s largest city is certainly one of the most historic, as well, this notable American hotspot full of early U.S landmark events and buildings. This is the city where freedom was born, where the Declaration of Independence was signed, and where Rocky made his triumphant run up the steps of the Philly Museum of Art.

    Top 3 Sites to See: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Eastern State Pen.

    Independence Hall in Philadelphia Pennsylvania from the south side, site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776

    Independence Hall in Philadelphia Pennsylvania from the south side.

  • Jamestown - Head to Virginia for our next history-filled favorite, Jamestown. This is the settlement spot for America, the Colony of Virginia being the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. Just to put in into perspective, this spot was first settled in 1607!

    Top 3 Sites to See: Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown Church, Tercentenary Church

    Jamestown - historic house. First English settlement in the Americas.

    Jamestown - historic house. First English settlement in the Americas.

  • Williamsburg - Another Virginia staple city comes in next, the actual capital of the aforementioned Virginia Colony. This is a key spot in the American Revolution, helping form the ‘historic triangle’ with Jamestown and Yorktown. Period costume-clad locals will help you understand what is so special about this historic spot once you get here!

    Top 3 Sites to See: Williamsburg Historic District, Governor’s Palace, Bassett Hall  

    Rear view of a historical couple of a man and a woman dressed in Colonial American style on a brown carriage with treasure chest pulled by a horse in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

    Rear view of a historical couple, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia