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I originally downloaded the Hamilton: An American Musical soundtrack late last year, and since then, my kids have become obsessed with all things Hamilton. They comment when they see streets named in honor of the historical figures mentioned in the musical, and know all of the words. For our spring break vacation, the only thing they wanted to do was see the show, so we skipped our usually bigger trip and went to NYC instead. If your kids are obsessed, take this opportunity to teach them a little more about American history and head out on a Hamilton-themed road trip.
Yorktown Battlefield Virginia (Mentioned in the song Yorktown (the World Turned Upside Down)
In Yorktown, VA, you’ll find the Yorktown Battlefield (a National Park) and the Yorktown Victory Center. Kids can learn about the last major battle of the Revolutionary war, which features prominently in the first act of the musical.
Monticello (Mentioned in the song What Did I Miss?) – Charlottesville, VA
In Charlottesville, Virginia, you can head to the home of Thomas Jefferson – Monticello. Guests can enjoy house tours, seasonal tours of the grounds, exhibits, and a short film.
While Montpelier isn’t mentioned in Hamilton, James Madison is shown as one of Hamilton’s enemies in the second act. His home, Montpelier, is a great place for a visit. Guests can tour the home, see the grounds, and learn about “America’s First Lady Dolley Madison).
George Washington’s Mount Vernon (Mentioned in Right Hand Man and Stay Alive)
We visited Mount Vernon during our Washington DC family vacation last year. My kids loved it. Timed tickets are available, so it may be best to purchase online if possible. We hovered near the location of Washington’s tomb and my son was chosen to place the wreath during the ceremony. When visiting the DC area, I recommend staying at the Gaylord National if you don’t want to stay right in the city.
Washington Monument/Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Washington Monument mentioned in Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story)
These two monuments, along with the other monuments/memorials in DC, are definitely worth a visit. If you want tour tickets for the Washington Monument, it’s best to get tickets in advance.
A tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is a great way to celebrate Hamilton’s founding of the US Treasury. Tickets are required during the spring/summer seasons, and are offered first thing in the morning until they run out.
Weehawken, NJ (Mentioned in My Obedient Servant)
Weehawken, NJ is home to the famous dueling ground where Hamilton died at the hands of Aaron Burr.
Richard Rodgers Theater, NYC
End your Hamilton road trip at the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC, home to Hamilton: An American Musical.
We recommend staying at the Hilton Midtown.