It should come as no surprise that the nation's capital comes in at No. 1 on U.S. News and World Report's list of best histoic destinations in the U.S. Visitors can check out the home of all three branches of the federal government in addition to the monuments on the National Mall. Another historical highlight is the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, which is free to visitors. File. (AP Photos/Susan Walsh)(ASSOCIATED PRESS/Susan Walsh)
WASHINGTON — As countries go, the U.S. is still relatively young but there is no shortage of history to be found in the country.
U.S. News & World Report released its list of the 10 best historic destinations in the U.S. for 2018.
Check out the list in the gallery below.
1o. Charlottesville, Virginia.
Charlottesville was the home of two presidents, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. Jefferson’s home at Monticello is just outside of the city. Monticello and the University of Virginia were named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
9. New Orleans
New Orleans, known for its French and Spanish Creole heritage, recently celebrated its 300th birthday with a visit from the King and Queen of Spain.
8. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston dates back to 1670 and was where the first shots were fired in the American Civil War in 1861. It also played a major role in African-American history with some historians estimating that nearly half of all Africans brought to the U.S. arrived in Charleston.
7. Plymouth, Massachusetts
The site of the former Plymouth colony dates back to the Pilgrims’ landing in 1620. It was the first sizable permanent English colony in New England and the site of the first Thanksgiving.
6. Williamsburg, Virginia
Visitors can see Colonial Williamsburg and get a glimpse of what life was like in the U.S. at the start of the American Revolution. In addition to sites, visitors can also “meet” and interact with an array of historical figures who lived in Williamsburg at one point including some of the Founding Fathers.
5. Savannah, Georgia
In Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, visitors can see cobblestone streets and a number of historic buildings including the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts of the USA and the First African Baptist Church, one of the oldest African-American congregations in the U.S.
Visitors can check out Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. Entrance to the hall is by timed entry ticket only through December, although no ticket is required after 5 p.m.
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File
3. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
In Gettysburg, the site of what is arguably the most important battle of the Civil War, visitors today can tour the battlefield and see living history demonstrations from Civil War historians every weekend through October. Visitors can also visit the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address.
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File
Boston was founded in 1630, just 10 years after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. The city was the scene of several key events during the American Revolution. Visitors can check out 16 historically significant sites by following the 2 1/2-mile Freedom Trail. Boston is also the home to many firsts in American history including the first public school, the first public park and first subway system.
(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)
AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File
It should come as no surprise that the nation’s capital comes in at No. 1 on the list. Visitors can check out the home of all three branches of the federal government in addition to the monuments on the National Mall. Another historical highlight is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which is free to visitors.
(AP Photos/Susan Walsh, File)
AP Photos/Susan Walsh, File
If you or someone in your home is a history buff, then the D.C. area is a good place to be.
“A lot of the destinations on the historic list are really close to D.C.,” said Erin Shields, the assistant managing editor of travel at U.S. News & World Report. “So if you’re a history buff, you’re located in a great area. You can reach a lot of the top historic destinations by train or a quick drive.”
You won’t have to travel very far at all to visit the No. 1 best historic destination in the U.S. It’s right here in D.C.
The best historic destinations in the U.S. include:
Charleston, South Carolina