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The Coolest Places to Visit from Colonial America

Updated October 13, 2018 821 votes 260 voters 7.0k views15 items

It may only be about two and a half centuries old, but the United States of America has a lot of history. Wars, innovations, and civil revolutions are indelible parts of American culture, from before it was even a country. Before the Declaration of Independence, America was merely 13 colonies trying to survive under British rule. There were many times, places, and people that led to a break from Britain, and, luckily, much of that history has been preserved. Revolutionary War landmarks are all of the place, and they're part of our heritage.

But which ones do you absolutely need to check out while sightseeing? If you have an interest in American history but aren't quite sure where to go, scope the list; it's got all the essential early American sites for you, the ultimate primer for everything from the pilgrims to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 
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  • A living history museum in a district of Williamsburg, VA. The area features an interpretation of the original colonial city with centuries-old buildings. It has actors in authentic costumes and many exhibits, to give tourists an idea what life was like in the colonies. Just go to Virginia, already. 
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    Boston Freedom Trail

    A two-and-a-half-mile route through downtown Boston that covers 16 sites important to the history of the United States. Points of interest include the Massachusetts State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Paul Revere's House. You also get to visit the ground where the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought. And it's Boston, so everyone's probably drunk.
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  • A settlement erected in 1607 by the English. Jamestown, VA is the place where John Smith and Pocahontas met and had their historic romance. It's also the origin of slavery in the colonies, and the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. So, lots of misery and death. But it's really old!
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    Washington's House in Mt. Vernon

    Built in 1735 by Washington's father, it was acquired by George in 1754. Washington oversaw massive additions and renovations to the house. For more than two hundred years, the house has been open for public viewing
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