These destinations provide more than just family fun. They bring America to life.
By Peg Rosen
Historic Hot Spot: Black Hills, South Dakota
In this remote expanse of America, the Gold Rush town of Deadwood is still alive, Indian powwows are regular events (powwows.com), and the Presidents of Mount Rushmore keep watch (blackhillsbadlands.com).
Historic Hot Spot: Natchez Trace Parkway
Stretching 440 miles from Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, Mississippi, this byway snakes through America's first frontier region past old iron industry villages, historic forts and battlegrounds, and Native American landmarks (byways.org/explore).