History majors, armchair researchers, and history nerds in general always find new sources of information when it comes to their favorite part of history. Instead of just looking up new sources of information on the net, or reading new books, it may be time to actually go out there and see the real locations of your favorite historic events for yourself.
Here are some great travel ideas for history nerds.
1. Go To Machu Pichu
Machu Pichu is currently having an artifact retrieval effort. This ancient Incan empire city has a lot of ancient artifacts waiting to be discovered, as well as a lot of secrets that it may just hold for centuries more. If you want to actually discover a major historical artifact by yourself, it may be a good idea to visit Machu Pichu.
2. Head To Harvard’s Library
Harvard has an amazing history library. If you’ve always wanted to check out some of the rarest books on famous historical events, you can probably find them at this library. It’s one of the biggest libraries in the world, so you will never run out of material to read!
3. Take A Trip To The Louvre
There’s a reason why people who are fans of art history consider the Louvre to be a must-see. This museum has some of the best examples of architectural art, an incredibly expansive array of objects d’art from some of the most famous artists in history, and an incredibly detailed tour that can help you learn some new facts about your favorite pieces.
4. Go To The Xi’an Beilin Museum
Imagine being able to enter a shrine that is over 1,000 years old, getting to see some of the finest statues in Chinese history, and being able to walk through a forest of steles. This is an amazing place to go if you love Tang dynasty artwork, or if you love Chinese history in general. Visitors say it’s breathtaking.
5. Head To Dujiangyan
Dujiangyan is the oldest dam-free irrigation infrastructure in China, built in 256 BC. It’s also known for its scenic views, the many cultural events which are thrown in the area, and the operas that are held every July 24th in this location. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
6. Go To Bran Castle
Also known as Dracula’s castle, Bran Castle is home to Romania’s most infamous national hero. Bran Castle has tours that run frequently enough for people to be able to ask questions at their leisure, without having to worry about too many crowds, or being rushed by the tour guide. It’s a favorite destination of history nerds who enjoy both Romanian history as well as Bram Stoker’s uniquely spooky novel.
7. Travel Through Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat was once home to Cambodia’s much feared Khmer empire.
The empire is now extinct, but the artwork, buildings, and statues that they created are not. You can check them out at the ruins of Angkor Wat.