In America, every city has a storied past and preserved monuments. There is something in the lessons of the past that intrigues us all.

We can learn how people overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to forge the contemporary landscape of today. If you’re ready to take a monumental road trip, keep reading.

New Orleans

One of the most-visited cities in America is New Orleans–and, for good reason. Of course, you want to visit in comfort. According to Outdoorsy, the teardrop trailer is the perfect, lightweight option for traveling with ease.

And, you can cut down on the costs of staying at an expensive hotel while you explore this illustrious city. Plus, you can buy as many beignets as you like and keep them in your fridge for delicious midnight snacks and heart-warming breakfasts.

If you love jazz, blues, food and Carnaval celebrations, then New Orleans is for you. Must-see places to visit include:

  • French Quarter
  • Garden District
  • Frenchmen Street

You’ll be glad you have your teardrop trailer because hotels in the French Quarter are costly. Yet, you’ll love how friendly New Orleanians are. Be prepared to be called “baby,” “darling” or “sweetheart” at least once.

Portland, Maine

If you love American history, then you have to visit Portland, Maine. The maritime relics are enchanting. You’ll be charmed by the Breakwater Lighthouse and the Portland Observatory tower.

You should also visit the former home of an 18th century Navy captain–the gambrel-roofed Tate House Museum. For delectable seafood and beer pairings, eat at the Armory Lounge in the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa.

Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts

To truly understand the American Revolution, it important to check out the towns where it all started. Consider this the original Brexit. Imagine people feeling so controlled by a country across the pond that they were willing to risk their lives for all our freedoms.

The colonists knew they were up against a giant, but their passion and willpower brought America to life. Here, you can walk the battlefields at North Bridge, Lexington Green and other sites.

Try to recreate the fights between Colonial and British soldiers that took place centuries ago. Picture the firefights and the accompanying sights and sounds. If you make it out in April, you can even catch actors reenacting the scenes on Patriots’ Day.

Washington, D.C.

This list wouldn’t be complete without America’s capital. Here, you get a mix of northern charm with a southern touch. The capital today is brimming with activity and is quite fast-paced.

You’ll also find a bevy of world-famous museums, interesting restaurants, clubs and historical sites. Here are three places you can’t miss:

  • Lincoln Memorial
  • National World War II Memorial
  • The White House and Washington Monument

The best time of year to visit is in the fall and the spring.

Savannah, Georgia

This city was once an enclave for Georgia’s elite. When you visit, you will feel enchanted by the Spanish moss and alluring graveyards.

A good prerequisite is to read the true crime story, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Plus, on every corner you’ll get a taste of Savannah’s antebellum past. Some of the best things to do and see include:

  • History tours
  • City Market
  • Forsyth Park
  • The Olde Pink House

The best time to visit is in the spring and early summer. If you enjoy a nice adult beverage, you can take your beer or cocktail to go in a plastic cup. And, you’ll feel refreshed by the people who are both polite and friendly.

Final Thought

There is something fantastic about taking a historical road trip. As the quote from George Santayana goes, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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