Step Back in Time

Nostalgia rules at these historic vacation destinations. Soak it all in with living history museums and more.

San Diego (Old Town)

Take a step away from the beach and visit Old Town in San Diego for a taste of history and culture of the southwest border. Twenty five restaurants, three museums, and the 1825 Casa de Estudillo, one of the finest adobe haciendas in the state. A rare original stagecoach is on display at the Wells Fargo museum, and if you walk through the halls of the Whaley House, you might see something unusual- it’s known as the most haunted house in America.


Take a huge step back in time and visit the open air, living history museum of Colonial Williamsburg, a 300 plus acre preserved area of our nation’s history. Take an after dark tour of the haunted streets, and learn about Revolutionary War history as you wander through the original and reconstructed colonial revival structures. The area is also part of the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which includes nearby Jonestown and Yorktown.

Ocean City, Maryland

Crowded boardwalk in Ocean City, MDThe all American Ocean City beckons with its throwback boardwalk, a gleaming three mile strip of snow cones, bike rides, tram rides, arcades, midway games, and amusement rides. Don’t miss the Life-Saving Station Museum, the seriously indulgent crab cakes, and sweet saltwater taffy.

Outer Banks / Lost Colony

A group of 117 weary people waded ashore at Roanoke Island in July 1857, 30 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, and started a colony. Today, you can revisit the classic mystery of where they went at The Lost Colony outdoor theatre. Witness epic battles and Indian dances, pageantry of the Queen, and the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English person born in America.

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About the Author

About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. His favorite RTX destinations are on the beach: Orange Beach, Alabama, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. .


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