Rare: Everything you need to know about America is at these 10 must-see places

As a country, the United States has a compelling story. Built by settlers looking for a new start, religious groups looking to escape persecution and adventure-seekers looking for a new place to explore, the country grew from a series of independent colonies into a world power unlike any other this world has ever seen.

That story is told in thousands of museums and historic sites in large cities and small towns across the country. As the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., sits at the center of much of the story.

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