Although America is just a baby of a nation compared to European nations, it is a country rich in history. There are world-known historical landmarks such as Pearl Harbor, Gettysburg, and Washington D.C; however, these landmarks merely scratch the surface. There are plenty more satisfying options for the true history junkie.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a not-so-hidden gem of natural wonder. Spanning over 2 million acres, Yellowstone is both the largest and oldest national park in the country. Lewis and Clark’s famed Western expedition first explored the Yellowstone area, and it has since become one of America’s most prized green spaces. The history of the park spans all the way back to the 1860’s and is a great place to learn about the history of the relationship between government and groups concerned with environmental protection. You also get to learn about America’s native wildlife through observation of the many animal species which call Yellowstone home.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham, Alabama was the epicenter of the action during the civil rights movement. The hard-fought battle for social and legal equality for all races is perhaps the most significant social journey in American history. Anyone who calls themselves a history buff needs to take a trip to this hub of African American history. A visit to this center is a great option for young history buffs as well, as it was named one of Budget Travel Magazine’s "15 Places Your Kids Should See Before 15" list. A U.S. History expert, who pursued their Master’s degree in History online, recommends visiting the 16th Street Baptist Church while in Birmingham, for a further look into the struggles of civil rights movement of the 1960s.

San Antonio, Texas

The great state of Texas is a hotbed of American history. It is the only state to secede from the Union and operate as its own independent country. One of the most significant events in both Texan and American history is the battle of the Alamo. In 1836, 189 Texans lost their lives fighting for their independence against forces from Mexico. "Remember the Alamo" has been a phrase that has since been cemented in the American historical canon. This is a great vacation destination for those history buffs with an exceptional interest in military history, as the battle of the Alamo is one of the most famous battles in American history.

These three historically-themed vacation destinations are great ways to experience America’s rich history beyond the typical historical destinations. Each option offers you a unique take on an important part of America’s development.