Add some history into your next vacation: 5 great destinations

Add some history into your next vacation: 5 great destinations

(Broadry) — It’s that time of year and everyone is already thinking about where they can go on their next vacation for a chance to see the sun before the summer. Sometimes it’s hard to find an excuse to take a trip in between busy schedules of work and school. But we have just the thing to take the guilt out of your next vacation: add some history to it and bring in an educational element!

We know history gets a bad rap as boring, but that’s when you’re reading about it from a textbook. Actually getting to experience history is not dull whatsoever. Hit the road to your favorite vacation destinations and balance that R&R with some educational stops. Not sure where to begin? We’re sharing some great destinations that will provide a taste of history for your next vacation.

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History Lesson: The Alamo

You’ve likely heard of it, but do you know the history of The Alamo? Located in San Antonio, The Alamo played an important role in Texas’ war for independence from Mexico. During the 13-day battle in 1863, Texas forces of no more than 200 members occupied The Alamo while Mexican forces seized the fort for 13 days and broke through to overpower them on February 23, 1863. Today, The Alamo provides a variety of tours for tourists to learn the important history of The Alamo and how it helped shape Texas history. 

Where To Stay: Medina Lake RV Campground (Lakehills, TX) 

Medina Lake RV Campground, Credit: Thousand Trails
Medina Lake RV Campground, Credit: Thousand Trails

Only an hour from The Alamo in Texas Hill Country, Medina Lake RV Campground offers a great vacation retreat and an ideal location from which to visit The Alamo. With an abundance of wildlife, lakeside views and the white tail deer population that roam the campground, you’ll feel a world away. During your time at Medina Lake, enjoy amenities at the campground including a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, fishing, mini golf and much more. Bring your RV, enjoy a cabin that sleeps up to 5, or pitch a tent.

History Lesson: Space travel 

The Space Coast of Florida gets its name for a reason! Home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, this area on the Atlantic Coast allows visitors to enjoy sunny Florida while learning all about space exploration and our history of traveling into space. At the Kennedy Space Center, explore the different Mission Zones of the U.S. Space Program in chronological order: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Shuttle and beyond. If you time it right, you can even line up your visit with a space launch from Cape Canaveral. 

Where To Stay: Space Coast RV Resort (Rockledge, FL)

Space Coast RV Resort: Encore RV Resorts
Space Coast RV Resort, Credit: Encore RV Resorts

Space Coast RV Resort is your perfect home base when you’re exploring the Kennedy Space Center! Only 30 minutes from the famed space center, you’ll find a large resort with plenty of activities to keep your family busy, when you’re not exploring all Florida’s Space Coast has to offer. The resort offers 50 and 30 amp RV sites, along with a swimming pool, clubhouse, shuffleboard, laundry facilities, and much more.

History Lesson: Prehistoric life 

Looking to learn more about the early years of our planet? The Peace River in the heart of Florida is known to be home to many fossils dating back to well before the Ice Age, giving us clues about our ancestors and the animals that accompanied them. Visit Peace River and you might discover fossils from sharks, horses, mammoths, mastodons, camels, llamas, saber-tooth cats, jaguars, giant armadillos, giant sloths, bears, tapirs, capybaras and more.

Where To Stay: Peace River RV Resort (Wauchula, FL) 

Peace River RV Resort: Thousand Trails
Peace River RV Resort, Credit: Thousand Trails

Peace River RV Campground is located in the heart of Peace River country. The campground offers guests the perfect getaway to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Here you’ll find endless hours of entertainment with on-site amenities, plus, with the resort situation along the banks of Peace River, you can enjoy looking for fossils that give more insight to what roamed Peace River before us! You can stay in an RV site or opt for a vacation cottage to give you all the comforts of home while you’re on vacation.

History Lesson: Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

Want to take a trip back in time? Travel to Yuma and visit the first prison in Arizona. Learn about how prisoners of the Yuma Territorial Prison built their own cells before moving into them. Today you can tour the strap iron cells and even visit the solitary chamber. The prison has been turned into a museum where you can see photographs and exhibits of what the prison was like when it opened in July 1876.

Where To Stay: Foothill Village RV Resort (Yuma, AZ) 

Foothill Village RV Resort: Encore RV Resorts
Foothill Village RV Resort, Credit: Encore RV Resorts

Just a short walk from the heart of Yuma, Foothill Village RV Resort is the perfect retreat while you’re exploring the historic city. At the resort you’ll be entertained all day, and night, long with activities like potlucks, ice cream socials, water aerobics and more. Plus, the amenities at the resort including the swimming pool and shuffleboard courts are the perfect amenities to come back to after a day exploring Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park or downtown Yuma. Bring your RV and park along a row of leafy palm trees.

History Lesson: Daytona International Speedway

Make a once in a lifetime trip and visit the Daytona International Speedway. The speedway offers tours of the famous facilities so you can get a chance to see where your favorite racecar drivers have walked before their races. On the tour you can even see the most recent winning car and walk the track to take it all in. Plan your visit during one of the races held there to get a front row seat to all the action.  

Where To Stay: Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort (Ormond Beach, FL) 

Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort: Encore RV Resorts
Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort, Credit: Encore RV Resorts

Just minutes from the Daytona Speedway you’ll find Sunshine Holiday Daytona RV Resort. This resort is the perfect relaxation spot on your visit to the Daytona International Speedway. Enjoy on-site activities and amenities, including a swimming pool, playground, bocce ball and dog park, and outside of the resort experience the beautiful beaches of Ormond Beach. Bring your RV or enjoy a stay in a rental cabin.

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