We’re living in a time of immense political and social change – let’s face it, 2016 was one for the history books. Which means now, more than ever, remembering and educating ourselves on the past is not only important, but a great reason to plan your next weekend trip somewhere with the a story to tell. Which is why we’ve compiled five historic places in America worthy of checking off your bucket list this year. From coast to coast, and everywhere in between, our country has a rich and wild past that you sometimes have to see to believe.

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

Opened in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable and celebrated symbols of our nation and of the gorgeous city of San Francisco. It’s been heralded by architects, designers, and historians as one of the most beautiful bridges ever constructed in history. And while you’re in town, stay at Parc 55 San Francisco, a luxury Hilton hotel located downtown and home to three delicious, top-of-the-line restaurants.


Ford’s Theater, Washington, D.C.

Ford’s Theater is a great destination for the incredible shows it still puts up; next will be a production of Edward Albee’s masterpiece Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? But it’s best known, of course, as the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. And, of course, D.C. is among the most historic cities in the world, let alone the nation. While there, stay at Capital Hilton, a high-end destination complete with elegant restaurant and spa.

Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde, AZ

Some of the largest, most well-preserved cliff dwellings of Ancestral Puebloan tribes are found at the historic Montezuma Castle, located in the gorgeous national parks of Camp Verde, Arizona. Also in the area? The gorgeous Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, which comes complete with three pools and hot tubs overlooking the gorgeous red rock formations of the surrounding terrain.


Hindenburg Disaster Memorial, Lakehurst, NJ

For history buffs and truants alike, the Hindenburg Disaster Memorial is a solemn, fascinating place that many people never see in their entire lives. Visit the tragic spot where the pride of the Nazi airfleet crashed in flames in 1937. And nearby is Hilton Garden Inn Lakewood, located just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.

Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, FL

If you’ve ever been fascinated by the galaxy swirling outside our atmosphere, the Kennedy Space Center is a must. It’s been America’s primary location for launching humans into outer space since 1968 and has been the site of launches for Apollo, Skylab, and Space Shuttle programs. And great news: DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is just a short scenic car ride away.


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