Historic Sites

The preservation of the America's historic sites and landmarks is key in maintaining the integrity of these sites. Discover the birthplace of Lincoln, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and more.


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How Pompeii Worked

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii in 79 C.E. was a horrible disaster. So why are people so enthralled with the ashy remains of the ancient city?

Top 10 Most Controversial Historical Sites

While the United States has its share of notorious sites to visit, you'd have to take a trip around the world to hit the most infamous of the bunch. Where are they, and why are they so controversial?

How Easter Island Works

Much of Easter Island's haunting past remains a mystery, though clues have surfaced about the people, their culture and their fateful decline. What's the real story?

11 Structures that Define America

The United States has numerous buildings and other structures that represent the freedom and opportunity expressed in the American dream. Here are a few of those defining monuments.

National Memorials

America's national memorials commemorate historic people, places, and events that helped make America what it is today. Read about national memorials.

National Historic Sites

America’s national historic sites range from miniscule to massive, and simple to spectacular. They commemorate events, people, and places from our nation’s history. Learn more about national historic sites in the United States.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

In 1777, General George Washington chose the small village of Springfield as the site of the first United States arsenal to keep weapons and ammunition safe from the British. Learn more about Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

Chicago Portage National Historic Site

In 1673, Indian guides showed French explorers a short land route that connected the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River System. Learn about the memorial to that discovery, the Chicago Portage National Historic Site, that preserves that vital link

Family Vacations: Arlington National Cemetery

Nearly four million visitors come to Arlington National Cemetery annually. Most come to pay respect to loved ones, to honor the leaders interred here, or to thank the more than 300,000 people buried here. Learn about vacations to Arlington Cemetery.

Family Vacations: Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park offers a wide variety of activities and tours including bus horseback riding guided bicycle trips and private car tours. Find out more about family vacations to Gettysburg National Military Park.