Whether you're excited about National Women's History Month in March, or just feel like the end of a historic winter is a good occasion for a vacation, you history buffs can rejoice: the U.S. is crammed full of brilliant trips that teach national history as well as keeping you entertained and getting you away from it all. Virtually every state has some kind of historical site worth exploring, but we've rounded up nine of the best, targeting many different aspects of historical experience. Whether you're into historical dollhouses, civil rights, aviation, or all three and more, there's an exciting destination to explore.
There's also more to the nation's history than Washington DC, though the Smithsonian and its companion museums are a good place to start. Small quirky gems and national parks have a lot to offer when it comes to quirky, off-beat memorabilia and stories, as do birthplace museums (though whether you're interested in seeing where Helen Keller had breakfast is a matter of personal taste — I for one definitely am). And don't dismiss more recent history, either. In New Orleans, for instance, you can take Hurricane Katrina walking tours that give visitors a real insight into the way the city has faced challenges and flourished since the 2005 natural disaster wreaked havoc. Get out there and get learnin'.