history vacationsA great way to have a wonderful vacation, learn about a new place and expand your historical knowledge is to plan a vacation that will be steeped in historical information. Every location on this list represents a place that is incredibly rich in history. So mark your calendars, make a trip to the library, and schedule a few walking tours: you are on your way to the best possible form of summer school!

One of the best ways to really get to know a place and enjoy its history is to stay in a vacation rental. You'll be able to live as the locals do and see what the present culture of a place is like and how it may be similar to the historical culture of the place. Also, staying in a vacation rental is much more private, relaxed and enjoyable than staying in a sterile hotel.

Here is a list of the top 10 places to go for history vacations:

1. Paris, France

Ooh, la la! The Eiffel Tower! The Arc de Triomphe! The Louvre! Welcome to the birthplace and home of many historical politicians and artists who have guided the worlds of politics and art to what they are today. Paris is a place incredibly rich in history. Stay in a quaint Paris vacation rental where you can dash out for coffee and baguettes in the morning and try your hand at classic French cooking in the evening.

2. Athens, Greece

You could spend every year of your life taking history vacations to Athens and still learn something new every time. The Parthenon and the Acropolis are merely the tip of the iceberg that is Greek history.

3. Bangkok, Thailand

During history vacations to Thailand, tourists can visit a palace that is two centuries old and visit the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. This exotic vacation can only be made more enjoyable by living like a local and staying in a vacation rental.

4. Beijing, China

Part of the street grid in Beijing, China was designed by Kublai Khan in the 13th century. That's pretty historical. And that's just the beginning of what Beijing has to offer!

5. Washington, D. C.

The capitol of America is an incredible place to explore this history of the nation. The National Mall and the many monuments are just a start. Wonderful historical tours can be taken to enjoy the city all the more. A vacation rental in historical Georgetown will only deepen the experience.

6. San Juan, Puerto Rico

Enjoy the historical richness of another capital on your vacation to San Juan. This city, which was established almost five thousand years ago, is steeped in history.

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7. New Orleans, Louisiana

The crescent city is a place of great interest for American history buffs as well as people interested in music history. Some of the most interesting musical innovations and movements in America have started in New Orleans or been cultivated there. Enjoy the crescent city all the more by staying in one of the available vacation rentals.

8. Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is rich in both ancient and recent history, home to Polynesian artifacts and a memorial to the USS Arizona. After historical tours, some rest and relaxation on one of the beautiful beaches is in order. Of all history vacations, this one might be the best looking.

9. Barbados, Caribbean

With buildings that date back to the 1650's, Barbados is a place of interest to general history buffs as well as people interested in the history of antique structures that still stand. A little bit of history and a little bit of paradise make for a very nice vacation.

10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Toronto is a city full of history and art, the perfect place to have a richly cultural vacation.

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