Scenic Areas and Historic Sites

Americans like to visit scenic areas and historic sites – but where can they go to do both at the same time?

Imagine taking your next vacation where the Sundance Kid once held up the local bank, where dozens of wineries and luxurious spas vie for your attention, or where four world-class museums are within walking distance. Or you could be at the gateway of the Great Smoky Mountains, on a baseball field where Babe Ruth once played, or on the rocky, windswept California coast.

The National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations answers that question. The National Trust chooses 12 communities from all across America that offer our citizens enjoyable historic, natural, aesthetic, cultural, and recreational experiences.

Each location demonstrates a commitment to historic preservation and has an interesting architecture, a dynamic downtown, cultural diversity, walking access for visitors and residents, and a locally owned small business economic base.

These cities and towns offer striking alternatives to Anyplace, U.S.A. They have preserved their sense of place and character. They are true pockets of peace, historic value, and serenity amid the clutter, homogenization, and sprawl that have degraded many of America’s best vacation spots. And in summer, you may also do the Wallace-Burke Historical Canyon Creek Milepost Tour. They are exciting choices for your next destination.

Discover how to create great tours at historic sites in a one-day workshop for educators, interpreters, curators, and directors of museums, heritage areas, and history organizations. See also: the Silver Mines of the Coeur d’Alene River area.

Each participant receives a copy of theĀ Great Tours book and numerous handouts. The interactive exercises are for small or large groups and are based on case studies of historic sites which provides participants with interesting and practical experiences. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • create a thematic tour for a historic site
  • integrate material culture and historic biography into theme-based interpretation;
  • develop and maintain outstanding guides;
  • adapt and respond to various audience types.

These workshops are funded in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the host organizations, and sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History and AltaMira Press. See also: Silver City, a beautiful Idaho Ghost Town.

A great place to visit is also the Town of Hanson, Kentucky. This is the smallest Kentucky historic district that comprises just one block with shops and restaurants that are situated around the town’s single one traffic light. During the 19th century, Hanson flourished thanks to the tobacco industry. From here, the valuable crop was shipped to all corners of the nation on the vast network of railroad tracks.

When Hanson threatened to tear down eight historically interesting buildings that dated back to the period 1879-1895, Teresa Anthony, born in the town of Hanson, purchased all these buildings to restore them beautifully and originally over the years to follow. To read more about this remarkable story, check out this post.

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