50 States Series: Top Historical Spots Worth Traveling For

Actors take part in the Re-enactment of the OK Corral gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona

Actors take part in the Re-enactment of the OK Corral gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona

Much of what shaped our great nation happened before we were even born. The brave men and women built things, waged wars, raised families, entertained themselves and fed themselves all while creating a nation brick by brick. Do you ever take a moment to think about the people, places, and things that paved the way for emojis and American Idol? Modern Americans have had the pleasure and sense to maintain and patronize these landmarks over the centuries. There are fascinating relics of times gone by in every single state in the USA, and these museums & attractions and not only informative, but a whole lot of fun.

We compiled a list of the top historical spots in each state worth traveling for. With this list, you’ll be able to plan a pilgrimage this year to see a gun fight in the Old West, sit in a centuries-old theater and listen to an opera, or tour a ship that sailed in the 17th century. Or maybe just schedule a little detour from what you already had planned, so you don’t miss out. These living legends embody the history and culture of their region, and you’ll be proud you stopped in when on vacation in any of the fifty states.

Alabama (Mobile): USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

Alaska (Anchorage): Alaska Native Heritage Center

Arizona (Tombstone): O.K. Corral

Arkansas (Fort Smith): Fort Smith National Historic Site

California (Los Angeles): Angels Flight Railway

Colorado (Denver): Wings Over the Rockies

Connecticut (East Haddam): Goodspeed Opera House

Delaware (Odessa): Historic Odessa Foundation

Florida (Miami): The Lyric Theater

Living History Museum, Urbandale, Iowa

Living History Museum, Urbandale, Iowa

Georgia (Tybee Island): Fort Pulaski

Hawaii (Honolulu): Pacific Aviation Museum

Idaho (Pierce): Pierce Courthouse

Illinois (Champaign): Krannert Art Museum

Indiana (Lincoln City): Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Iowa (Urban City): Living History Farm

Kansas (Abilene): Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum & Boyhood Home

Kentucky (Frankfort): Kentucky Military History Museum

Louisiana (Natchitoches): Cane River National Heritage Area

Maine (Rockland): Farnsworth Art Museum

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, Minnesota

Maryland (Fredrick): Barbara Fritchie House

Massachusetts (Canton): Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

Michigan (Flint): Crossroads Village

Minnesota (Two Harbors): Split Rock Lighthouse

Mississippi (Oxford): William Faulkner’s Rowan Oak

Missouri (Athens): Battle of Athens Historic Site

Montana (Polson): Miracle of America Museum

Nebraska (Ashland): Strategic Air & Space Museum

Nevada (Ely): Nevada Northern Railway

New Hampshire (Concord): New Hampshire Historical Society

New Jersey (Morristown): Historic Speedwell

New Mexico (Santa Fe): New Mexico History Museum

New York (New York): New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

North Carolina (Winston-Salem): Old Salem Museums & Gardens

crazy-horse-memorial-south-dakota

Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

North Dakota (Washburn): Fort Mandan

Ohio (Cincinnati): National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Oklahoma (Fort Gibson): Fort Gibson Historic Site

Oregon (Portland): Skidmore/Old Town District

Pennsylvania (Titusville): Drake Well Museum

Rhode Island (Pawtucket): Slater Mill

South Carolina (Mount Pleasant): USS Yorktown

South Dakota (Crazy Horse): Crazy Horse Memorial

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

Tennessee (Nashville): The Hermitage

Texas (Galveston): 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA

Utah (Salt Lake City): Temple Square

Vermont (Windsor): American Precision Museum

Virginia (Clarksville): Prestwould Plantation

Washington (Richland): B Reactor

West Virginia (Cass): Cass Scenic Railroad State Park

Wisconsin (Spring Green): Taliesin

Wyoming (Laramie): Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of BakeriesCoffee ShopsWineries/BreweriesMarathons, Family Attractions, Campuses, and Museums.