It can be hard for many people to appreciate historical events. Separated by long lengths of time from the here and now, events that happened in the past can seem too distant and insignificant to what people experience and to what direct affects them. One way to get beyond this disconnect is to visit historical sites to feel the presence of what occurred and to see just how much things have changed and have remained the same.
Here in the U.S., there are a number of historical sites worth visiting. The Yosemite National Park, for instance, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is not only a great valley to behold; it is also a testament to the value of “human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.” As a historical site, this national park played a key role in the nation’s attitude toward conservation. When the nation was young and it didn’t yet have any great cities or magnificent structures, it already had unparalleled natural beauty which was worth protecting for future generations.
Speaking of great structures, the Brooklyn Bridge still exists as an engineering masterpiece that remains in use at present. Completed in 1883, it is one of the most iconic structures in New York City. It has been featured in many films, television shows, and other works, and it remains as a wonderful testament of the energy, the optimism, and the creativity of the 19th century. Walking across the bridge also allows visitors to have a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline.
Finally, there is the Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Drop by and go to the National Constitution Center for an interactive, multi-media museum and learn just how the nation’s founding fathers gathered at that very place to think of how to invent a government.