Culture If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?  

Ryan Carlquist
921 votes 116 voters 16 items

List Rules Vote up the time periods you'd love to park your time machine in; vote down the ones you'd skip entirely.

Humankind has made some inconceivable advancements in the little time we've existed on this planet. History is filled with crucial, revolutionary time periods, and many of them saw some pivotal historical figures and events. From ancient Egypt to the Renaissance, there are countless time periods that would be incredible (or terrifying) to experience firsthand. 

The Ranker audience was tasked with picking a time period they would most like to experience in person, and the answers were as varied as history itself. This doesn't necessarily mean the would-be time traveler would have to stick around, but rather they would be able to poke around a specific era for a short amount of time before being recalled to the current age. 

Vote up the time periods you'd love to experience firsthand, and vote down the time periods you're fine with missing out on. 

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America - 1920s is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
America - 1920s

"The 1920s so I could meet my grandmother while she was a flapper!"

2
43 21
Ancient Rome is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Ancient Rome

"I can’t decide between ancient Egypt or ancient Rome. To see those empires at their height would be amazing!"

3
44 22
San Francisco, CA - Summer Of ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
San Francisco, CA - Summer Of Love

"My parents time and place, to be a teenager in SF on Haight Street [during] the Summer of Love, Grateful Dead playing in the middle of the street. Yeah."

4
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Ancient Egypt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Ancient Egypt

"When the pyramids where built, because that way I would know for a fact if aliens or humans built 'em."

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35 23
Ireland - 500 BC is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Ireland - 500 BC

"The ancient Celts of Ireland."

6
34 22
Viking Age is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Viking Age

"Viking age."

7
35 24
American Old West is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
American Old West

"The Old West."

8
33 22
Europe - The Enlightenment is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Europe - The Enlightenment

"Idk there's a lot of...[cool] eras but prob would prefer to be in Europe during the Enlightenment."

9
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USA - 1970s is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
USA - 1970s

"The '70s! The Rolling Stones were peaking, Dylan returned & sang like a rockstar, Bowie, ... [Zeppelin], Frazer v Ali, drugs were great, beer was in those cool cans, sideburns, tinted glasses, big cars, tiny little bikinis."

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American Revolutionary War is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?

"Definitely the Revolutionary War period. Like to see what kind of men and women really shaped our country and not through a history book."

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26 31
Jurassic Era is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Jurassic Era

"Back to the age of dinosaurs so I can ride a brontosaurus and then slide down its tail like Fred Flintstone."

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Europe - Dark Ages is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Europe - Dark Ages

"Europe during [the] Dark Ages. And I would find Robin Hood - I am still convinced the legend is based on a real person.

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Inca Empire is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?

"Pre-Columbian Inca Empire for sure. Very few diseases, untouched landscapes, ritual human sacrifice. The simple things in life you take for granted."

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12 35
Early 21st Century is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Early 21st Century

"The early 21st century. Life in 2314 sucks."

15
9 40
Ancient Siberia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Ancient Siberia

"Siberia, 13,000+ years ago when the ancient Siberian people split and crossed the land bridge. I'm a genetic match to them, so I'd love to see how they lived and hunted mammoths. And I'd come home with a mammoth. Because mammoth."

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5 40
Japan - 1989 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list If You Could Travel Back To Any Historical Period What Would It Be?
Japan - 1989

"To late '89 in Japan so I can live through the '90s with Japan’s most iconic cars."