Best History Trips

history tripsAllow the past to live again when you book one of the many destinations that support history trips. In addition to satisfying your craving for knowledge, this type of vacation can spark a common interest in your other family members. If your child doesn't already love learning, a history trip is a great way to show them that education can be fun. So, here we go, Vacation Rentals.com's picks for the best history trips:

Washington, D.C.

When your history trip takes you to the American capital, you will have the opportunity to see history in the making. Maybe you will get a glimpse of a famous politician as he goes about his day. Your history trip to D.C. should include a visit to the National Archives for an up-close look at the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. While virtually every American has seen a copy, the actual documents will still make a big impression. Visit one or more of the many Smithsonian Institute museums. From the Air and Space Museum to the Museum of Natural History, your days will be filled with important displays from the past.

Williamsburg, Virginia

History trips that bring the visitor to Williamsburg, Virginia will provide a wealth of knowledge about the early beginnings of the United States. As one of the original 13 colonies, Virginia is literally bursting with history. Walk through the original town of Williamsburg to see how the early colonials lived. If that's not rustic enough for you, a short drive will bring you to Jamestown. You will not only be able to tour a historically-correct recreation of this early settlement, but you will also be able to visit the recently discovered site of the actual village and view the archaeological dig. On the James River your family can board recreations of the ships that brought the original settlers to Jamestown.

Black Hills, South Dakota

If you'd like to take advantage of history trips that take you back even further in time, visit the Black Hills of South Dakota. View ancient fossils and Paleolithic drawings that were left behind during prehistoric times. As you visit the Badlands National Park or the Hot Springs' woolly mammoth site, you'll easily be able to imagine what life must have been like all those years ago.

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Rome, Italy

Of course, the Western Hemisphere isn't the only option for a history trip. If you'd like to visit Europe, no history trip would be complete without including Rome, Italy. Although you may feel like you already know the area intimately based on how often it is portrayed in films, the small screen just doesn't substitute for viewing the relics from a close vantage point. Whether you take a tour of the Sistine Chapel or gaze for hours at the Colosseum, you'll never forget your visit to this historical city. Don't forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain for good luck! The money goes to restoring the architectural gems of ancient Rome.

China

If you would like to take advantage of history trips that delve into the mysteries of ancient Asia, China is a great destination. for a glimpse of ancient times, explore the Great Wall of China, one of the Wonders of the Medieval World, or the Shaolin Temple, a center for Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism. For even more adventure, book a slow tour down the Yangtze River to enjoy the picturesque scenery or wander through the vast maze of stone formations at the Stone Forest Yunnan. To view pandas in their natural habitat, before extinction makes them part of history, visit the Great Panda Sanctuary.

Whether you stay close to home or venture around the globe, history trips can provide memories that last a lifetime!