Eight Historic Places I want to Visit in the U.S.

Anderson Blacksmith Shop and Public Armoury in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

Traveling has always been a dream of mine. There’s so much in this world I would love to be able to experience firsthand. Movies like “National Treasure” make me want to just hop on a plane and take a walk through all the historical places. I did have the amazing privilege to visit Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia among a few other national historic sites on a cross country trip when I was 14. Here is a list of eight places I want to visit someday in the U.S.

1. Mount Vernon in Virginia

George Washington’s Mount Vernon mansion

Ever since seeing photos of this beautiful estate in my history book as a young child, I have wanted to visit the home of our first president. George’s Washington’s Mount Vernon is a beautiful part of colonial history. The farm includes the Washington’s mansion, gardens, distillery, and more. The website includes a virtual tour of the mansion’s 21 rooms, including the news room which I am most interested in as a journalist. I used to spend hours looking through a tourist magazine of the place.

2. Monticello in Virginia

Jefferson’s Monticello plantation

Thomas Jefferson’s famous cannonball clock sparked my interest in visiting this plantation. Jefferson had an interest in inventing which shows up in his home. The location also hosts many events including Jefferson reenactments.

3. Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum just seems like one of the coolest historical sites to visit, not to mention I’m already a fan of the sea. I’ve always been super interested in visiting this place, especially after watching “Johnny Tremain” as a kid. You can also visit the home of Paul Revere, the oldest home in downtown Boston.

4. The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas

The Alamo

I always loved Smitty in John Wayne’s “The Alamo.” We even named a family dog after him. Besides the fact that it’s located in Texas, which is somewhere I’d like to visit again, I’ve always wanted to see this old mission after reading about it.

5. Alcatraz Island in San Fransisco Bay, California

Alcatraz Island

I remember reading a story book about the three prisoners who escaped this island, and have since then wanted to visit. You can get cruise rides up to the island and then take it at your own pace through the prison with their self-guided tours. I had the pleasure of walking across the Golden Gate Bridge when I was younger.

6. Washington D.C

The Senate building

There is so much to see in Washington D.C. If you’ve ever watched Jimmy Stewart’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” I would probably do exactly what he did, go on a tour throughout the whole district. I would especially like to visit the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (that’s where the “National Treasure” part comes in XD.)

7. Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plymouth Plantation, a living history museum

And of course, there’s Plymouth. This cute town has so much history! You can see the Plymouth Plantation, a living history site, and other historical places like the Plymouth Rock.

8. Independence Hall in Philadelphia

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Here’s another “National Treasure” location. Imagine being in the same room where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. I’ve also always wanted to see the Liberty Bell.

Bonus: Prince Edward Island, Canada

Prince Edward Island

You know I’m an “Anne of Green Gables” fan. I’ve always wanted to visit Green Gables and see the Haunted Woods and Balsam Hollow trails for myself. It’s my dream someday to vacation to this island. I’ve even spent some hours looking up the cheapest lighthouses to book.

Where do you want to visit?

Back to the Good Old Comedies

Some of my favorite comedies are the old ones. I thought since we were all social distancing and relying on virtual friends, I’d share a few of my favorites.

“You Can’t Take it with You” – 1938

“You Can’t Take it With You” is one of my all-time favorites! It’s a love story about a rich banker’s son played by Jimmy Stewart (another reason I like it so much 🙂 ) who falls in love with his secretary who has an eccentric family. The mom is a writer, the sister is a dancer, the grandpa is a stamp collector, and dad makes fireworks in the basement. The story centers around the couple’s plan to get their families to meet on agreeable terms…and the rest is chaos! I’m sure you’ll love the Sycamore family as much as I do!

“That Darn Cat!” is another one of those funny older movies. Hayley Mills plays a teen who believes that DC (the cat) has come across a clue to rescuing a hostage from a bank robbery. She hires an FBI detective, played by Dean Jones, to come to investigate. The situation gets interesting and quite comedic as Mills and her older sister try to keep the detective undercover and away from the girls’ prying neighbors and jealous boyfriends. A few other Hayley Mills favorites are “The Parent Trap” and “Summer Magic.”

“The Love Bug” -1968

“The Love Bug” is a hilarious story of a low-luck driver Jim Douglas played by Dean Jones who gets a second chance with a car like none other, Herbie. Herbie isn’t like other cars; he has a mind of his own. Along for the ride are Douglas’s girlfriend and Tennesse, his odd and funny mechanic.

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” – 1954

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is a funny old comedy about a newly married young wife who tries to marry off her husbands six brothers who share their home. It’s filled with fun tunes and exciting dance scenes.

Let me know of your favorite old comedies!