Celebrate Independence Day With the Ultimate Patriotic Road Trip
The Fourth of July is about more than just fireworks and hot dogs. America has a rich history, and the best way to learn about it is to see it firsthand. Break from the ordinary and celebrate Independence Day by taking a trip down memory lane and up the eastern seaboard to nine of the most patriotic cities in America.
Fort Sumter (Photo: David Ellis/Flickr)
Charleston, South Carolina
Our journey starts in Charleston. On April 12, 1861, years of tension between the North and the South came to a head at the Battle of Fort Sumter — the first battle in the Civil War. The Confederate Army won this battle, but the Union would eventually come out victorious, obviously. Visit the Fort Sumter National Monument, where you can get up close and personal with artillery and learn more about the battle that started it all.
The site of George Washington’s family home (Photo: Virginia Hill/Flickr)
Westmoreland County, Virginia
You see his face on the $1 bill, when he chopped down a cherry tree, but what do you really know about George Washington? Discover more about our first president by visiting his birthplace in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The house he was born in burned down in 1779; however, there is a memorial house with the remaining furniture owned by the Washington family. After seeing his birthplace monument and the Washington family cemetery, take a few moments to gaze out into the Potomac River, which Washington surveyed as a boy.