Historic Destinations: Best Places for History Buffs

Historic Destinations: Best Places for History Buffs

Posted by Barry M. on 24th Jun 2024

Traveling is as much for the culture and food as it is for the history some times. Feeling a connection to our past can help us appreciate our present. That's why we've put together a list of the top 10 best places to travel if you want history and culture. These are more than just vacation spots; they are iconic historical treasures that will leave you feeling microscopic in the grand scheme of things.

1. Rome, Italy

Rome is a treasure trove of historical wonders so it's no wonder it tops our list. As the heart of the ancient Roman Empire, you'll find specticals like the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum, which was the center of Roman public life. The Pantheon, with its impressive dome and oculus, stands as a testament to Roman architectural genius. We suggests taking guided tours to get expert knowledge on Rome’s fascinating history. As an added bonus, we'd also consider the historical reenactments. They're sure to bring ancient Rome to life.

2. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is the cultural capital of Japan and offers a glimpse into the country’s rich history. With its well-preserved temples, shrines, and traditional wooden houses, Kyoto transports visitors back to a time of samurai and emperors. Key sites include the Fushimi Inari Shrine, known for its thousands of red torii gates, the serene Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), and the historic Nijo Castle. Experience traditional tea ceremonies and explore the geisha districts to immerse yourself in Kyoto’s cultural heritage. But be warned, it is frowned upon and in many cases forbidden to take pictures of the Geishas that you will see strolling the streets.

3. Athens, Greece

Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, is a must-visit for history enthusiasts. The Acropolis with the Parthenon, dominates the city’s skyline and gives a glimpse into what life was like for the ancient Greeks. Explore the Ancient Agora, where philosophers like Socrates once taught or visit the Acropolis Museum to learn more about the history of the area. We also recommend guided mythology tours. They'll help you understand the culture of the ancient people in that area.

4. Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, a city steeped in ancient history, is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks. The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are the best known landmarks, but the Egyptian Museum, home to a world class collection of artifacts, also includes things such as the treasures of Tutankhamun. Enhance your visit with a cruise on the Nile River and explore the bustling bazaars for a taste of Cairo’s vibrant culture.

5. Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem holds a unique place in history as a city of profound religious significance. Top things to see include the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and the Dome of the Rock. Each one offers a glimpse into the spiritual and historical history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam and their complex and comingled history. Walking tours are a great way to navigate the ancient streets and discover the stories that have shaped this timeless city.

6. Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, straddling Europe and Asia, has long been a cultural crossroads. The city’s rich history includes places such as the Hagia Sophia, which has served as a cathedral, mosque, and a museum over the centuries. Moreover, the opulent Topkapi Palace, home to Ottoman sultans is a breathtaking photo opportunity. The Blue Mosque, with its stunning architecture, is another must-see. Take a Bosphorus cruise and explore the Grand Bazaar to fully appreciate Istanbul’s vibrant history.

7. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, the iconic Incan citadel, is a marvel of ancient engineering set amidst the stunning Andes Mountains. We recommend hiking the Inca Trail to reach this World Heritage site to fully take in all of the views. Guided tours provide insights into the Inca civilization, and nearby Cusco offers additional historical sites and cultural experiences.

8. Beijing, China

Beijing, with its imperial history, is home to some of China’s most significant landmarks. The Great Wall of China stretches over 13,000 miles, marking the ancient Chinese ability to to mega constructions. The Forbidden City, once the seat of Chinese emperors, is a sprawling palace complex filled with historical treasures. The Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture, is another must-visit. Traditional performances and museum visits enrich the cultural experience.

9. Petra, Jordan

Petra, the ancient city carved into rose-red cliffs, is an archaeological wonder. The Treasury, Monastery, and Siq (narrow gorge) are among the highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Night tours, illuminated by candlelight, offer a magical experience, while interactions with Bedouin locals provide cultural insights. Petra’s historical significance and stunning beauty make it a top destination for history lovers.

10. Paris, France

Paris, known for its art and culture, also boasts a rich historical heritage. Sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre-Dame Cathedral are iconic symbols of the city’s vibrant past. Historical walking tours through neighborhoods like Le Marais reveal hidden gems and fascinating stories. Visiting famous art museums and exploring the city’s historic sites offer a deep dive into Paris’s vibrant history.


While any one of these cities makes for an unforgettable experience, we also want to recognize that there are historical landmarks around the globe. So, plan the trip of your dreams, but also consider taking a look at the history in your neck of the woods and learning a little more about the people's and history that have made your town or city the beautiful place that it is.

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