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Three Historic Cities in America You and Your Family Should Visit

While there are many styles of vacations you can take your family on, many still favor the tried and true family road trip to destinations important to the history and culture of our country.

Boston, Massachusetts

While many coastal cities, east and west, are significant to the birth and growth of America, Boston stands out as particularly significant to the early struggles of our great nation. Beacon Hill in Boston was home to the descendants of early English colonialists whose elegant, gas-lit streets are well worth wandering through. And of course no trip to Boston would be complete without a visit to the famous Boston Harbor which includes a fantastic interactive museum and two replica 18th century vessels. Boston is also home to America’s first college, Harvard, which was established in 1636, student lead walking tours are available.

New York City, New York

While the Big Apple has so much to offer one couldn’t possibly see it all in one trip, the historically minded will want to visit some particular locations: Ellis Island, landing spot of some 12 million immigrants is as fascinating as any place you might visit in the city and features a stunning museum; the Brooklyn Bridge is a must see landmark—it took 600 some workers 14 years to construct one of the world’s first steel wire suspension bridges which was the longest of its kind at completion in 1883; architectural buffs won’t want to miss Brooklyn Heights, one of the first areas of the city to be deemed a historic district.

San Antonio, Texas

While the Alamo is certainly a main point of interest, the entire city is a treasure trove of Spanish colonialism. The Alamo itself is one of only five missions that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site (i.e., don’t miss!). The new River Walk Mission Reach Trail will allow you to explore the grounds and buildings in which priests and Native Americans worked and lived together.

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Attention Travelers: Texas Gets an Upgrade

The U.N.’s cultural body approved the status of the San Antonio Missions as a world heritage site Sunday. This historic site, important to world history, now joins a list of more than 1,000 such sites around the world – including 22 others in the United States – putting Texas on an elite list governed by the United Nation’s cultural branch.

The site includes five mission complexes. They can be found along the San Antonio River basin. The missions, the most famous of which is the Alamo, were built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century.

According to the United Nation’s cultural body the San Antonio Missions “illustrate the Spanish Crown’s efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain. The San Antonio Missions are also an example of the interweaving of Spanish and Coahuiltecan cultures, illustrated by a variety of features, including the decorative elements of churches, which combine Catholic symbols with indigenous designs inspired by nature.”

To be nominated for heritage status, sites must meet a set of criteria agreed upon by member states of the U.N. cultural body and must include a long-term management plan. Heritage status comes not only with world-wide notoriety, but also access for financial assistance towards preservation.

Add the San Antonio Missions to your travel bucket list!

Jody Victor