The southern cities of the United States are steeped in fascinating history, from the end of the Civil War to the birthplace of the American Civil Rights movement. Spending time immersing yourself and your family in this history can be both educational and fun.
Here are some places to visit in the southern states that everyone, no matter their age or interests, will be able to find a history lesson to amaze and inspire them.
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Established in 1733, Georgia’s oldest town has more history than many bigger U.S. cities, and you will certainly have no problem finding things to do in Savannah. Once you’ve admired the beautiful streets laid out in early colonial city-planning style, you can take your family on a trip to 10 East Oglethorpe Ave — birthplace of the Girl Scouts of the USA founder. The Juliette Gordon Low Historic District consists of three buildings: the Wayne-Gordon House, the Andrew Low House, and the first Girl Scouts headquarters, all of which offer intriguing glimpses into the first girl scout’s family.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has much to offer a family looking to explore the history of the Deep South. Check out the amazing Spanish and French architecture, which reflects the mix of cultures the city has seen. You can then take a short trip down river to an area many regular tourists miss, the site of the Battle of New Orleans at Chalmette Battlefield. This site is especially interesting as it was where the last ever land battle fought on American soil between the U.S. and a foreign enemy took place.
St. Augustine, Florida
The Sunshine State has plenty of attractions for any family, but for those on a mission to discover the best historical cities in the south and avoid more popular attractions, St. Augustine is a must-see. As the oldest continuously inhabited European-founded city in America, its cobblestone roads are full of buildings constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries. The city also boasts Aviles Street, the oldest street in the nation, where you can discover historical museums, a historic well, and shops and galleries to bring home unique souvenirs.
Often called the birthplace of the American Civil Rights movement, Atlanta offers things to do like the opportunity to explore the life, work, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Top of your list should be the King Center, which can tell you everything you need to know about Dr. King Jr and the movement. The Center sits in the middle of a 23-acre National Historic Site, so be sure to plan your visit in advance.
The history of these Southern states is a fascinating insight into the development of the USA we know today, and offers loads of opportunities for children to learn and have fun at the same time. Whether you want to learn about amazing people, historic battles, or just immerse yourself in history, taking a vacation to this area is highly recommended, and with so much to do, you’ll be back time and time again.