These destinations provide more than just family fun. They bring America to life.
By Peg Rosen
Historic Hotspot: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Explore Ben Franklin's stomping grounds, check out an original copy of the Declaration of Independence, see the Liberty Bell up close, visit Independence Hall, and taste those famous cheesesteaks—aficionados rave about the ones at Jim's Steaks on South Street (visitphilly.com).
Historic Hotspot: Lakes to Locks Passage, New York
Running from Albany to the Canadian border, this spectacularly scenic Adirondack Byway winds past forts, battle sites, and strategic lookouts that helped shape the country's destiny (byways.org/explore).