Scenic Sonoran Desert landscape at sunset in Arizona
10 West Coast Cities That Are A Must-Visit For History Buffs
San Diego is the birthplace of California and one of the oldest settlements in the West. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park has artifacts and buildings from 1821-1872.
San Diego, California
You'll also understand how the colonialist missionaries transformed the area at the 1769 California Spanish mission and the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá.
Lewis and Clark arrived in Astoria in the winter of 1805 and settled at Fort Clatsop. It became the first permanent settlement west of the Rocky Mountains in 1811.
Astoria, Oregon
With stunning Victorian homes, museums, forts, and a flourishing craft beer scene, visitors can enjoy the modern version of a former trading hub led by merchant John Jacob Astor.
Many Native Americans who lived in the San Jose area are of the Ohlone Nation. You can learn more about them at Alum Rock Park, the oldest municipal park in California.
San Jose, California
Before the Gold Rush, San Jose was home to California’s first major mining operations, thanks to the Ohlone, who told settlers about the land's precious ores.
One of the most beautiful places in the country, Anchorage is in the Dena'ina Ełnena, the home of the Dena'ina Athabascan people and the village of Eklutna.
Anchorage, Alaska
Visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum to learn more about Alaska's Native people and how the state contributed to the U.S. long before its founding.
Fans of the Wild West need to visit the Boothill Graveyard, where many cowboys who died in the OK Corral gunfight are buried, and the Gunfighter Hall of Fame.
Tombstone, Arizona
Known as the "Town Too Tough to Die," Tombstone has survived two catastrophic fires that took out much of the town, which was rebuilt within months of each disaster.