To determine the best historic cities to visit in the United States, we considered each city's history, protected sites, notable monuments, and tourist-friendly services — as well as votes from users.
America's capital is brimming with affordable things to do. The Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial anchor the National Mall.
Boston is a city of American firsts. The country's first public library, first subway system, first public school and first public park belong to Boston.
Gettysburg Battlefield, the 6,000-acre Civil War military park that witnessed the momentous clash of Union and Confederate forces in 1863.
Benjamin Franklin in the first capital city of the United States of America. Visit Independence Hall, where Ben and Co. signed the Declaration of Independence.