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The Most Historical Cities in America

America may only be a baby relative to many other parts of the world. However, that certainly doesn’t mean the country lacks an interesting history. Here are some cities in the United States with a rich cultural heritage:

New York City, New York

Originally settled by the Dutch in 1625, New York was conquered by the British in 1664. New York has since played an important role in American history. An important strategic point for the early colonists, the city was the gateway to upper New York and the Hudson Valley. Since the American Revolution, New York has become the financial capital of the world and a major center of academia, fashion and culture. The Big Apple was also the traditional arrival point for millions of immigrants. You can now visit Ellis Island and learn about the waves of immigration that made the United States the superpower it remains to the present day.

New York

Boston, Massachusetts

Founded in 1631 by British Puritans, Boston is one of the oldest cities in America. It has played a vital role in many facets of American history - as the birthplace of Harvard, the American Revolution, aspects of the modern pubic school system and the burial site for many Founding Fathers. Of note as well, Boston is the birthplace to artists such as The Cars, Aerosmith and shockingly, Boston. When in the city, walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail for superb historic sites.


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

As the first capital of the United States, the City of Brotherly Love has a lot of history on tap. Philadelphia is the home of Benjamin Franklin, the Continental Congress (all of them), the signing of the Declaration of Independence and of course, the drafting of the American Constitution. Throughout Philadelphia, you can learn about the founding of America, the history of the original Quaker colony, see homes dating back to the 17th century and get a tour by “Benjamin Franklin” himself. It’s a window into 18th century and revolutionary America that is only rivaled by Boston.



Jamestown, Virginia

Founded in 1607, Jamestown was the first English colony in the New World. The Virginia outpost almost folded due to conflict among early settlers before the discipline of John Smith and the cultivation of tobacco got the colony back in order. Jamestown subsequently became the major center of trade in Virginia. Today, historic Jamestown provides a window into 17th century America.


Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is a major port city in the American South. It played a key role in the Civil War (the first shots were fired here at Fort Sumter) and is a time capsule of the “Old South.” The juxtaposition of white aristocratic wealth and excess against the haunting backdrop of slavery makes Charleston a fascinating place to visit. Much of the old plantation architecture has been wonderfully preserved and a visit to the city is a great way to further understanding of pre-Civil War America.


Savannah, Georgia

One of few to be spared from the ravages of the Civil War, legend has it that General Sherman declared the city of Savannah too beautiful to be destroyed. Tree-lined streets front iconic southern architecture. Iron gates shield plantation-style homes once owned by the upper crust of southern aristocracy. From mere observation one can still imagine conversations in the parlour about the future of the Union. All in all, Savannah is a wonderful step back in time and notably, a great place to sample honest-to-goodness soul food.


St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine is the oldest settled city in the United States. Founded in 1565 by the Spanish, Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles named this site after discovering it on August 28th, the feast day of Augustine of Hippo. The city confines contain numerous reminders of Spanish rule, the most notable of which is a classic fortification. The main base of defense in Florida for the Kingdom of Spain at the time, Fort Matanzas National Monument is now under the domain of the National Park Service.

St. Augustine

Washington, D.C.

Though not the first capital of America, this city has a wealth of history as the political powerbase of the country. The result of negotiations between the first colonists (each state wanted it somewhere else), the city was sacked and burned during the War of 1812. Rebuilt to completion, today the capital draws millions of tourists every year to iconic monuments, memorials and the Smithsonian Museum complex. As the home of Congress and the White House, no other city can provide as much insight into the United States as Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.

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10 Comments for "The Most Historical Cities in America"

Eric Mainor says on July 25th, 2009 at 6:58 am:

What about New Orleans, Baltimore, San Francisco, St. Louis?

Ervin Brooks [14 yrs. old] says on April 10th, 2010 at 5:48 am:

Why isn’t New Orleans, LA on this list? New Orleans isn’t just historic to the United States but to other countries as well, and why is New York on every list that shows good about a city, “just because its the biggest in the nation does not make it the best”. New Orleans is like 300 yrs. old and is rich in French, Spanish, and American history. It has been under three flags multiple times and has been in many historic battles for the United States if it wasn’t for the “Battle of New Orleans” the national anthem that we know to day might not exists.

jimmy says on June 9th, 2010 at 6:44 pm:

No Baltimore or New Orleans you guys really don’t no the history of this country well do you!!

Sam says on July 15th, 2010 at 5:13 pm:

Ervin, it was the Battle of Fort McHenry (Baltimore, War of 1812) that the national anthem was created by Francis Scott Key, not the Civil War Battle of New Orleans.

Alex says on August 28th, 2010 at 9:02 am:

San Antonio has the oldest cathederal and second oldest urban park in the USA! San Antonio is definitely one of the most historic.

Ervin Brooks [ 14yrs. Old ] says on September 8th, 2010 at 12:07 am:

” To Sam ” Ah yes sorry for the misspoken fact that i gave but yet the the Battle of New Orleans is just as historic as any other American war. and to : ” Jimmy ” what do you mean i dont know ” American History ” i typed an entire summary of factual historic moments of New Orleans “. The city of New Orleans is one of a kind. The lifestyle, cuisine, architecture, culture and history are things that normal bland ” American ” cities do not have. If you want proof visit or learn more of the city before you state it is not historic :\. Its more historic than any of the other supposed historic cities of America, USA.

Drew says on January 10th, 2011 at 9:59 pm:

obviously the battle of New Orleans must not be 2 historical in 12 years of school i never learned a thing about maybe its just important to u cause a whole summary isnt much and Alex san Antonio isnt one of the most historic cities cause it has an old building and an old park theres plenty of places that have things like that if you’ve had US history then maybe u would know that

Ervin Brooks [ 14yrs. Old ] says on February 28th, 2011 at 3:12 am:

Wow … :\ Drew if you have never heard of the battle of New Orleans i really think you need to go to school another 12 years. Its taught in like the 7th grade … maybe you weren’t paying attention. You obviously know nothing of the city so keep you none educated comments personnel. Theirs no need to go against fact

Gregory says on September 20th, 2011 at 10:31 pm:

thank u for my homework answers;)

Thomas says on November 20th, 2013 at 6:51 pm:

Philadelphia is by far the most historical city in America and is deserving of the #1 spot on your list.


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