If you’re tired of studying inside a concrete building, why not bring your studying to life! Take a road trip with your friends over Spring Break and experience history first-hand. Seeing what the battlefield of Gettysburg or Plymouth Rock look like with your own two eyes will not only make history more meaningful, but it will increase your retention and may just help you remember something on the AP U.S. History exam that you otherwise would have forgotten.
1. Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Famous For: Being the place where Pilgrims who first came over on the Mayflower disembarked from their ship and founded the Plymouth Colony in 1620.
2. The National Archives, Washington D.C.
Famous For: The many documents it holds, most notably The Declaration of Independence
3. Salem, Massachusetts
Famous For: The Salem Witch Trials that occurred at the hands of the Puritans from 1692-1693.
4. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Famous For: Being the defining battle of the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in 1863.
5. Antietam, Maryland
Famous For: Being the first major battle of the Civil War to be fought on Union soil and also for the significant number of men who died in this battle (the Battle of Antietam includes the single- bloodiest day of the war in which 22,717 men were killed in one day).
6. Washington Monument/Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Famous For: Several things, most notably the site of many famous events and protests held during the Civil Rights Era such as Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.
7. Monticello, Virginia
Famous For: Being Thomas Jefferson’s residence from 1772 until his death in 1826. Part of the residence was a plantation where his slaves worked.
8. Ellis Island, New York & New Jersey
Famous For: Being the gateway for millions of immigrants from all over the world into the United States. It was the busiest immigration station in the country from 1892 until 1954.
9. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming & Montana & Idaho
Famous For: Being the first National Park in the United States, as a result of Theodore Roosevelt’s national parks initiative.
10. Arlington Cemetery, Virginia
Famous For: The tombs of soldiers who died at the hands of conflict from the American Civil War until the present day. Five state funerals have been held at Arlington including the services for John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Onassis are buried alongside their son Patrick and daughter Arabella in Arlington Cemetery.
11. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C.
Famous For: Its simplicity. This memorial is a simple black wall with over 58,000 names inscribed in it representing the men and women that died during their service in the Vietnam War.Looking for some last minute APUSH help? Redeem your free tutoring session and get your questions answered instantly!8 Foods That Will Give Your Brain A Boost During Exams10 Hilarious Hacks All College Students Should TryWhat They Don't Tell You At Freshman Orientation