Vacations That Make History!

2 comments Posted on June 1, 2018

by Sarah Sundin

Summer is here, which means vacation! If the thought of another theme park visit makes you (and your wallet) groan, why not plan a vacation that makes history?

Or…a vacation that focuses on history. Throughout the nation, you can find historical sites, battlefields, forts, homes, ships, airfields, reenactment villages and museums to meet every interest. Visiting historical sites costs less than most vacations and can fuel interest in history. Most sites have interactive exhibits and engaging activities for all ages. Here are some tips:

  • If you have school-age children, tie the vacation to units on state, US or world history to supplement their education and make history come to life.
  • Focus on your local area—you may be surprised how many fascinating events occurred in your region.
  • Focus on an era, like the Revolutionary War, the California Gold Rush, World War II or travel on the Oregon Trail.
  • Focus on an area and hit a variety of attractions from one central hub.
  • Mix indoor and outdoor activities to keep young legs moving.
  • For history-averse family members, sprinkle in activities to meet their personal interests.

With a little creativity and research, you can create an educational, affordable and memorable vacation.

Sarah Sundin is the author of ten historical novels, including The Sea Before Us. Her novel When Tides Turn was named to Booklist’s “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” in 2017. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California. Please visit her at, on Facebook and on Twitter.


  • 06/01/2018
    Tisha Martin said:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m hoping to visit some museums in Boston this summer.

  • 06/02/2018
    Sarah Sundin said:

    How fun! Boston is a wonderful city to visit.


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