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What Is the Most Patriotic Tourist Attraction in the United States?

If you had asked me, I would have guessed the Liberty Bell, but that didn’t even make the list!

liberty bell

According to a poll done by USA Today, the most patriotic tourist attraction in the United States is the site of the Boston Tea Party.

boston tea party museum harbor

I can see that.  After all, it was our first major act of defiance.

One of my favorite places to go in the United States, Colonial Williamsburg, made the list at #5.

colonial williamsburg

Surprisingly (at least to me), Pike’s Peak made the #2 spot for its role in the creation of America the Beautiful.

From the press release of the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum:

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, which opened in June 2012 and is owned and operated by Historic Tours of America, is situated over the same body of water where the Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773. The museum tells the story of the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party and immediate aftermath that led to the start of the American Revolution. The museum provides a unique immersion experience in history by representing key events in from 1773 to 1775, through live actors, tea [crate] throwing off authentically resorted tea ships, high-tech interactive exhibits, and an award-winning multisensory film,Let it Begin Here. On display at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum is the Robinson Half Chest, one of only two known surviving tea chests from the original Boston Tea Party (the second is owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington DC).

The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum also beat out Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Despite all my trips to Boston, I have never been to this museum.  Looks like it is time to put it on the list!

About Jeanne Marie Hoffman

Former bartender, still a geek. One equal part each cookies, liberty, football, music, travel, libations. Stir vigorously. +Jeanne Marie Hoffman Jeanne on Twitter

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