Explore the Civil Rights Trail

NOTE: During the COVID-19 outbreak, most museums and historic sites are likely to be closed. Please call ahead, and consider local health advisories before planning a visit. And while this isn’t the best time to be traveling, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn what happened at these sites, and to plan your visit.

It’s one thing to read about history, but it’s something entirely different to visit the places it happened. Across the United States, thousands of ordinary citizens put their lives on the line to fight for freedom. Visit the sites and you’ll learn the history—and honor their memory.

While struggles for racial equality continue, there are scores of places to celebrate their success. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have joined together to build a national Civil Rights Trail. The global organization, UNESCO, is currently considering an application to recognize the trail as a World Heritage Site, a place of global importance.

This is your one-stop spot to planning a civil rights history vacation, including suggested itineraries, resources, and info on both famous sites and lesser-known spots where a few brave souls changed history.