The U.S.is filled with historic destinations which provide a more in-depth look into our nation’s past. These historic areas tell the stories of the many events which helped shape our country into what it has become. From national parks to wars to the millions of immigrants who came to our country in search of a better life, we invite you to review with us three of our favorites. As we begin our journey, we will visit many other historic sites which offer not just historic appeal to recreational appeal as well. Come with Island Trader Vacations as we explore history and 3 historic sites you just can’t miss.
Colonial Williamsburg – Virginia
We begin our journey in the East with Colonial Williamsburg. One of the most popular areas for travel in this part of Virginia, Colonial Williamsburg tells the story of early America and the American Revolutionary War. A living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is a historic part of the city of Williamsburg Virginia which was once the capital city of Colonial Virginia. Roughly 300 acres in size, the area includes many building which date back as far as 1699.Transfromed into a place to educate, this popular attraction offers visitors today a chance to experience in part, what it would have been like during this time while offering plenty of luxury accommodations, spas, golf and fine dining as well.
Ellis Island – New York
Making our way to the great city of New York, we journey now into the heart of the growth of our country. At one point in Ellis Islands’ history, between 5,000 and 10,000 immigrants were arriving each day from countries around the world. Looking for freedom and a better life, Ellis Island saw over 12 million new Americans arrive. Today, Ellis Island is protected as a National Park, part of the larger Statue of Liberty National Monument. Visitors by the millions visit Ellis Island to learn more about the past of their relatives and honor them in their journey. Note: For the first time in 60 years the Ellis Island Hospital has once again opened its doors to the public. The exhibition pays homage to the over 1.2 million immigrants who spent time here in this 750 bed hospital.
USS Arizona Memorial – Hawaii
WWII, “a day which will live in infamy”, a quote which is still remembered today as the day it was uttered on December 7th 1941 by our President, this historic monument embodies the meaning of this statement. On that fateful day in Honolulu, America found ourselves thrust into what became WWII. Part of the WWII Valor in the Pacific, the USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most sobering sites as oil from the ship sunk with all aboard still continues to seep to the surface a drop at a time. Visited by over 1 million visitors today, it is a must see for anyone who is looking to understand WWII and what it meant to our soldiers and our families long ago.
Just the beginning of our journey, we invite you to come back again as we continue our trip around the U.S. exploring history.