Most Historic Cities in the US

(Updated: 09/29/2014 3:59 pm EDT)

Wondering about the most historic cities in America?

There are many top states to visit in the US that offer a glimpse into the early days of the nation. However, there are only a handful of cities in the US where you can truly learn about the history of the US, its colonial past, civil war days, and find out how the US was born.


We have selected the most historic cities to visit in the US based on three criteria: amount of historical sites, impact these cities had on American history, and whether these cities boast the good old American charm.

Boston

Being the birthplace of Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution, Boston Massachusetts is truly one of the few cities in the US where you can get a feel of the good old classic America.
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Boston is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the US boasting so many famous and important historic sights such as Paul Revere House (pictured) and Freedom Trail, which is one of the most popular walking tours in town.

Williamsburg

The city of Williamsburg in Virginia is certainly one of the most historic cities in the US and another of the places considered the birthplace of the American Revolution.

Williamsburg is located roughly between the city of Richmond and Virginia Beach and it’s home to Colonial Williamsburg, which is top places to visit in Williamsburg.
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In Colonial Williamsburg, you’ll find actors dressed in period costumes, live re enactments (see picture) and demonstrations and hundreds of restored buildings, shops, taverns, museums and sites such as the Capitol and Bassett Hall.

Charleston

Charleston is one of the most historic and picturesque places to visit along the east coast of USA.

Charleston is one the oldest cities in South Carolina and where the first shots of Civil War rang out so, if you’re a history buff, you’ll love spending time in Charleston and learn about Civil War battles.
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There are also the beautiful antebellum homes that you can visit on guided tours to get a glimpse of times gone by, and the Old Slave Mart (pictured)

Another great trait that gives Charleston such a historic feel and charm are the many horse-drawn carriages riding the streets of Charleston and the local artisan vendors selling Gullah arts and crafts.

Philadelphia

Cities in the US don’t come more historic than the city of Philadelphia, the first capital of the United States and the cradle of liberty!

Philadelphia Pennsylvania is truly one of the most historic cities to visit in the US, and the best place to learn how the United States was born.

There are many places to visit in Philadelphia and the great thing about Philadelphia is that it houses the nation’s top and most important historic sites, which include Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Betsy Ross House.

Washington DC

Washington DC,  is without a doubt, another great place to vacation in the US where you can soak a rich and interesting historic past.

Washington DC boasts some many historical and renowned landmarks such as the famed White House and US Capitol Building, which are two of the top tourist attractions in the US.

There are also so many things to do in Washington DC such as taking a guided tour on an open-air bus, enjoying a fun tour on a segway, and explore Mount Vernon, which is an intricately restored 15-room mansion that vividly recreates life back then!

Savannah

Renowned across the US as one of the most romantic cities in the country, the city of Savannah boasts that charming Old American feel, history and beauty that make Savannah one of the most historic cities in the US.

Savannah is truly one of the 10 most beautiful cities in the US, and also one of the oldest being the home to many Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites.
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If you’re a history buff and a romantic, you’ll most certainly love exploring Savannah, particularly the Savannah’s historic district, which boasts beautiful cobblestone streets and well-preserved historic homes such as Green-Meldrim House (pictured).

San Antonio

When talking about the most historic cities in the US, one cannot forget the beautiful city of San Antonio, which boasts an amazing history and a glorious heritage.

If you’re interested in Texan history, you’ll be glad to know that San Antonio is the place where the battle for Texas was fought and its independence declared.
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San Antonio boasts a rich heritage that includes Spanish influences that can be appreciated in San Antonio’s landmarks such as the Alamo (an 18th century Spanish Mission), San Fernando Cathedral (pictured) and the historic Riverwalk, where are three of the most interesting places to visit in Texas.

Baltimore

Baltimore isn't just a beautiful but also one of the most historic cities in the US hands down! There are many interesting places to visit in Maryland such as the downtown core where you'll find most of the city's top historic sights, which include Historic Flag House where Mary Pickersgill made the famous Star-Spangled Banner that flew over Fort McHenry.
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Baltimore is also filled with many landmarks and monuments that you can see and visit on tours such as the Edgar Allan Poe House, Washington Monument and Fort McHenry National Monument. Fort McHenry, in particular, is one of the best historic attractions because of  the camp-fire re-enactments (pictured).

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