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16 of the Best American Cities for History Buffs

Reader's Digest Logo By Melissa Klurman of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 16: Although best known as the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple is also rich in American history. Take the ferry past the iconic Statue of Liberty to reach Ellis Island and its fascinating interactive exhibits exploring the country's immigrant foundation. Back in Manhattan, head downtown to visit landmarks of the city's Colonial past including Fraunces Tavern, which served as George Washington's NYC headquarters during the Revolutionary War, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (now the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian), and Federal Hall where you can see the Bible that was used for Washington's swearing in, along with other memorabilia. Stay at the historic Algonquin Hotel in the city's Theater District and imagine what life must've been like as one of Manhattan's literary and cultural elite back when the hotel opened in 1902. Check out these amazing facts about American history you never learned in school.

New York City

Although best known as the city that never sleeps, the Big Apple is also rich in American history. Take the ferry past the iconic Statue of Liberty to reach Ellis Island and its fascinating interactive exhibits exploring the country's immigrant foundation. Back in Manhattan, head downtown to visit landmarks of the city's Colonial past including Fraunces Tavern, which served as George Washington's NYC headquarters during the Revolutionary War, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House (now the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian), and Federal Hall where you can see the Bible that was used for Washington's swearing in, along with other memorabilia. Stay at the historic Algonquin Hotel in the city's Theater District and imagine what life must've been like as one of Manhattan's literary and cultural elite back when the hotel opened in 1902. Check out these amazing facts about American history you never learned in school.

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