Bucket List for History Buffs

April 24, 2023

Uncover the history of some of the world’s most famous cities and landmarks. From exploring the ancient sites of Athens and Pompeii to the WWII history of Richland, Washington, here are eight culturally-enriching destinations that should be on every history buff’s travel bucket list.


Athens is undoubtedly a perfect destination for anyone who loves history, adventure, and breathtaking landmarks. From the world-renowned Acropolis, which famously overlooks the city, to the ancient ruins of the Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens will transport you back to ancient Greece and offer you a glimpse into one of the world’s most celebrated civilizations. 

Experience ancient beauty in Athens.


This ancient city was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, leaving it buried for centuries under layers of ash and pumice. Now, visitors have the opportunity to explore the well-preserved ruins and experience firsthand what life was like for the Romans who lived there.

Venture to some of the oldest site in Pompeii on a Go Next cruise.

Le Havre

Located near Paris and the renowned battlefields of Normandy, this French gem boasts a rich and diverse history that dates back to the Middle Ages, making it an ideal destination for a history fan. Take in the impressive landmarks, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Saint Joseph Church and the magical Maison de l’Armateur that exudes a distinctive 18th-century charm. The city is also home to several intriguing monuments and museums, including the Museum of Natural History.

Embark on a North Sea Escapade.


Richland, Washington is steeped in wartime history, being a key location for the Manhattan Project, which ultimately led to the development of the atomic bomb. You can visit the fascinating Hanford Site, where the plutonium for the bomb was produced, or check out the WWII-era B Reactor. With a rich military history, Richland also has a variety of museums and exhibits highlighting those who served our country during WWII.

Visit Richland on an upcoming Great Pacific Northwest trip.


Stepping into the Eternal City is like taking a time machine to ancient times. Its narrow and bustling streets and the grandeur of its monuments, fountains, and churches are just some of the cues that point toward an intriguing and storied past. Whether it’s a stroll through the Colosseum or meandering through the ruins of the Roman Forum, there’s something awe-inspiring about being in the very spot where history was made.

Book a cruise to Rome.

St. Louis

From the iconic Gateway Arch that symbolizes America’s westward expansion to the enchanting and historical landmarks of Forest Park, the Missouri History Museum, and the Scott Joplin State Historic Site, St. Louis, Missouri is filled with history that will transport you to a bygone era.

Enjoy an included 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay in St. Louis on the Fall Colors on Mark Twain’s Mississippi cruise.


From the Civil Rights Movement to the birthplace of rock n’ roll, a visit to Memphis, Tennessee will leave you feeling spellbound. Stroll down Beale Street and soak up the sounds that inspired Elvis Presley or pay homage to Martin Luther King Jr. at the National Civil Rights Museum. Feeling hungry? Sink your teeth into some Memphis-style BBQ that’s been perfected over generations.

Embrace your inner rockstar and explore the musical heritage of Memphis in person.


Every architectural wonder in Budapest is steeped in history. Take a stroll through the labyrinth of streets in the Jewish Quarter and marvel at the intricate details of the Great Synagogue, a symbol of Budapest’s Jewish heritage. And, of course, no visit to Budapest is complete without a dip in one of its many thermal baths, a tradition that traces back to the Roman era.

Say yes to an adventure you’ll never forget in Budapest.

Whether uncovering ancient city secrets or soaking up magical music history, satisfy your curiosity and start ticking off some of these historical bucket list destinations. Book now at www.gonext.com.

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