Travel Back in Time at These Historic Destinations

You’ll be rolling the clock back for Daylight Savings Time this weekend, but we’re going even further back in time to show you some of these fascinating historical attractions.

While time machines remain a fictional fantasy, these Global Discovery Vacations destinations can make you feel as if you stepped right out of the DeLorean, TARDIS or Bill and Ted’s phone booth.

Williamsburg, Virginia, is forever rooted in American history. Photo courtesy of Cheryl W.

Williamsburg, Virginia, is forever rooted in American history. Photo courtesy of Cheryl W.

Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)
The quintessential setting for social, political and religious history is in Williamsburg, Virginia. A turning point for Americans in the 17th century, the Revolutionary City features reenactments of the Revolutionary War, tours and a vast array of knowledge from Native American culture to the inception of the Declaration of Independence. Colonial Williamsburg, along with Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, present some of the country’s finest historical landmarks

Photo credit: Titanic Branson.

Photo credit: Titanic Branson.

Titanic Museum Attraction (Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
As the definitive collection of Titanic artifacts, these ship-shaped museums add another level  of interaction: Everyone who enters the museum gets a boarding pass from an actual passenger of the fabled ship, giving a more personal perspective on the tragedy. Guests can also walk through ship-sized replicas, furthering the authentic feel these museums have mastered.

A flashback on what Bandera, Texas used to look like. Not much has changed! Photo courtesy of Bandera County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A flashback on what Bandera, Texas used to look like. Not much has changed! Photo courtesy of Bandera County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Cowboy Capital of the World (Bandera, Texas)
In the spirit of Billy the Kid, Jesse James and even Josey Wales, live your childhood fantasy at the Cowboy Capital of the World. Bandera gets that title for being the setting for one of the last great cattle drives of the late 1800s. The town is a reminder of simpler times, where courtesy, 10-gallon hats and a man’s word are the most valuable commodities. Don’t be surprised if you see horses all throughout town. Ride one yourself at the county dude ranches, head over to a rodeo or hop on a chuck wagon for a meal.

Member Dale H. watch a traditional luau during his stay in Kauai, Hawaii.

Member Dale H. saw a traditional luau firsthand during his stay in Kauai, Hawaii.

Luau (Hawaii)
Hawaii’s traditional celebration goes back to 1819, when King Kamehameha II abolished laws preventing women and men from dining together. Now it’s a party for everyone! Luaus have become a staple of Hawaiian vacations where you can feast on a kalua pig, watch a hula dance and embrace Polynesian culture. Luaus are all over the islands, so find one near you during your next stay.

The Oldest Wood School House in the country. Photo courtesy of Visit Florida.

The Oldest Wood School House in the country is in St. Augustine, Florida. Photo courtesy of Visit Florida.

St. Augustine, Florida
The country’s first established city is, expectedly, a historical hub. The highlight might be Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, the original 1565 site of St. Augustine. That was 55 years before the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock. You can tour the Spanish Watchtower, the Menendez 1565 Settlement Field and the Founders Riverwalk. The park is gorgeous and a great opportunity to see where Europeans first set foot on North American soil.

History has an abundance of information and entertainment for people in the present and these events and attractions are the closest you’ll get to stepping into a time machine.

And don’t forget to set your clocks back this weekend!

Where is your favorite historical attraction? Let us know in the comments below!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.