Looking to inject more history into your next trip? With these 10 Web sites, you can load up on free, heritage-related itineraries, maps, walking tours and more.
If you're into history-focused travel, venture onto the Web before your departure (or during your trip, if you bring a laptop). Sites are cropping up to equip the heritage traveler with specialized itineraries, maps, historical background, off-the-beaten-path ideas and more. Use these resources to create a historic experience of your own.
Start with the National Register of Historic Places Travel Itineraries <www.cr.nps.gov/nr/travel> for a broad range of destinations, regions and themes across the 50 states. Each itinerary includes descriptions of historic places and their context in American history, tourist information, interactive maps, photographs and links. Look for themes such as “We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement” and “Places Where Women Made History.” Printed itineraries are available for a fee. Other good general resources include:
• TravelThePast <www.travelthepast.com> : Search 1,500 US museums, homes, battlefields, libraries, archives and other places of historical significance by time period, location or theme. For each, you'll find its location, official Web site, description, directions and additional information.