Editors’ Picks: 6 Historic Destinations

Our editors highlight new and classic articles on travel-worthy historic places across the country.

Got a case of wanderlust? We don’t blame you. Travel to historic places around the country without leaving your desk. Old houses demand a lot of attention (and once you’ve completed an arduous project, you naturally want to spend as much time as possible basking in the glow of your achievement), but sometimes it’s good to get out of the house and seek inspiration on the road. Check out these journeys to six very different (but very historic) places. They just might inspire your next vacation…or your next project. We also show you where to find the best ghostly historic district tours.

The 1790s Lippitt Farmstead at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown has a farmhouse and a collection of outbuildings.

Historic Cooperstown: Students of history, art, and architecture will be immersed in Cooperstown.

One of the few remaining 19th-century commercial districts in America, The Strand, a National Historic District, hosts the yearly Dickens celebration, when Galveston goes Victorian.

Exploring Historic Galveston: Since 1528, Galveston has reinvented itself repeatedly. It has flown five flags and was briefly a national capital.

Vintage roadside citrus shops, like this one in Citra, are quickly disappearing.

Finding Old Florida: Once upon a time, long before glittering Miami Vice skyscrapers and Disney fantasies scrawled their signature across the state, there was a whole other Florida.

Colonial and Victorian homes make Stonington and the rest of this area a walker’s delight.

Historic Coastal Village: Things to do and see in Mystic, Connecticut.

The Eagle Bluff Lighthouse was built in 1868.

Courtesy of DoorCounty.com

Explore the Door: Wisconsin’s sweetest vacation destination is a 75-mile-long peninsula that shelters Green Bay from the main body of Lake Michigan.

Little has changed here for decades: no parking problems, just glide down the main street.

A Southern Town, Northern Style: Need a New England fix? The tiny village of St. Michaels, Maryland, with its winding streets lined with Saltboxes and Capes, its blocks of quaint shops, pubs, and restaurants, and its thriving shipbuilding yard, is the perfect destination.

Explore Old Haunts

Savannah is known as the most haunted city in the U.S. 

James C. Massey

Ghostly Historic District Tours: These 8 walking tours scattered across the country will give you a glimpse into the paranormal past of some classic historic neighborhoods.


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