National Trust Distinctive Destinations, formerly called Partner Places, are a group of diverse historic sites across the country that help illustrate the breadth and depth of the American story. From house museums to working farms, these places can add memorable moments to your off-the-beaten-path roadtrip, new educational opportunities for a family vacation, or even become your new favorite gift shop. Best of all, these places proudly offer free or discounted admission to National Trust members including discounts in the museum or gift shop where applicable.
If you are looking for a list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations, a program that expired in 2011, you can find them here.
Amana Heritage Museum - Iowa
The Amana Colonies National Historic Landmark includes over 400 19th century buidings in seven village and 26,000 acres.
Auburn - Mississippi
The show piece of Auburn is its original wooden free standing spiral staircase which is one of only a few in the United States
Ayr Mount Historic Site - North Carolina
Located only eight miles from Duke University and ten miles from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ayr Mount is the crown jewel of Piedmont North Carolina and well worth a visit.
B&O Railroad Museum - Maryland
The B&O Railroad Museum is the birthplace of American railroading and holds the most comprehensive and important American railroad collection in the world. .
B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station - Maryland
The B&O Railroad Museum Ellicott City Station is America's oldest surviving railroad station. It is the original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the country.
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens - Florida
Accredited by the American Association of Museums and listed on the national Register of Historic Places, this 35-acre historic estate on Fort Lauderdale Beach is an extraordinary blend of art, history and nature. The whimsically-designed house was built in 1920 and was home to two American artists.
Buffalo Trace Distillery - Kentucky
Buffalo Trace Distillery, registered as a National Historic Landmark under the George T. Stagg Distillery, is a family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky.
Clarke House Museum - Illinois
Clarke House Museum, historic home of the Henry Brown Clarke family, seeks to engage diverse audiences by exploring family life in pre-Civil War Chicago.
Columbus Area Visitors Center - Indiana
Columbus, Indiana has 7 National Historic Landmarks and is ranked 6th in the nation for architectural design. It is truly Unexpected and Unforgettable.
Davenport House Museum - Georgia
The Davenport House Museum experience includes visiting two restored floors of the house and its courtyard garden.
Delta Blues Museum - Mississippi
Now housed in the historic freight depot, the Delta Blues Museum has preserved, interpreted, and encouraged a deep interest in the story of the blues since its conception in 1979.
Fendall Hall - Alabama
Fendall Hall is an outstanding example of per Civil War Italianate architecture furnished in the style of the late Victorian era with Eastlake furnishings and some of the finest painted wall murals in the Southeastern United States.
Fort Concho National Historic Landmark - Texas
Daily guests can see the Visitor Center, a soldiers' barracks & mess hall, headquarters, hospital, chapel and officers quarters, plus other special displays.
Fourth Ward School - Nevada
Follow students’ footsteps through the original, unique 1876 wooden, four-storied school building considered the last one of its kind still standing in the United States.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple - Illinois
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple is an icon of modern architecture and an international treasure. It is one of the best known works of America’s most famous and controversial architect.
Gaineswood National Historic Landmark - Alabama
Gaineswood is nationally recognized for its architecture and is called "one of the two or three most important Greek Revival houses" by Smithsonian's Deep South: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.
Garst Museum - Ohio
The Garst Museum's major exhibits includes The National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greene Ville, Ohio Native Americans, Lowell Thomas, an extensive military collection, and agricultural artifacts.
Glessner House Museum - Illinois
Glessner House Museum, completed in 1887, is the urban residential masterpiece of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and contains an impressive and noteworthy collection of original furniture and decorative arts.
Haas-Lilienthal House - California
Built in 1886, the Haas-Lilienthal House is San Francisco's only Victorian house museum. It is a Queen Anne tower house with gable roofs, ornamental wood carvings and rounded bay windows.
Historic New Harmony - Indiana
The site of two early 19th century utopian communities, New Harmony continues to thrive on the banks of the Wabash River. Guided tours of historic sites offered daily.
Historic St. Mary's City - Maryland
On the site of Maryland’s first capital, visitors can step on board a tall ship, explore an un-ordinary ordinary, discover the world of the Yaocomaco Indians, help a colonial planter tend his fields, and learn how researchers reconstruct the past.
Joel Lane Museum House - North Carolina
Called the "Birthplace of NC's Capital," Joel Lane's home a jewel of Georgian mid-Atlantic colonial architecture. It was fully restored and furnished in the 1970s and is open for tours led by costumed docents.
Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden - Virginia
Continuously occupied as a private residence from 1785-1969, the house and garden reflect advances in American home life, labor history, and the City of Alexandria, Virginia.
Locust Grove - Kentucky
Connoisseurs of art and craft will enjoy the Locust Grove collection of late 18th and early 19th century furniture, ceramics, metals, prints, paintings, textiles, books, firearms, tools and domestic objects. This collection is considered to be one of the finest on public display in the upper South.
Magnolia Grove - Alabama
Magnolia Grove, a classic Greek Revival structure, was built as a town house circa 1840. Three original outbuildings remain on over 10 acres.
Mary Todd Lincoln House - Kentucky
Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, grew up in this Lexington home and after their marriage the Lincolns visited her family here.
Middleton Place - South Carolina
America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens, built in 1741 to reflect André Le Nôtre’s principles. Thousands of camellias, azaleas, Live Oaks, and native plant species, augmented by Stableyards interpreters and the extraordinary collection in the House Museum.
Mill House Museum - North Carolina
Telling the story of an ordinary, Carolina mill hand's family life in the 1930s, authentic local artifacts that fully furnish the 4-room home, tell a story of hard work, faith, self-reliance and neighborhood based on hundreds of hours of legacy stories collected since 1989.
Mount Clare Museum House - Maryland
Mount Clare Museum House is Baltimore's oldest Georgian mansion and furnished with one of America's most important collections of furniture and decorative arts. Stories of life, labor and commerce of over 250 years are told at this historic site.
National Building Museum - District of Columbia
The National Building Museum in Washington, DC tells the stories of architecture, engineering, and design. Visit exhibitions for all ages and our world-famous Great Hall, a soaring historic space.
National Captial Trolley Museum - Maryland
Visitors ride or see antique trolleys from six national as they have a fun and educational time for the whole family.
National Music Museum - South Dakota
The NMM houses 15,000+ musical instruments, from priceless Italian violins to celebrity guitars, from organs to harmonicas, from harps to harpsichords, from Les Paul to Sgt. Pepper, from Stradivari to Elvis.
Nevada Northern Railway, National Historic Landmark - Nevada
The Nevada Northern Railway is a National Historic Landmark, est. in 1905, in Ely, Nevada; featuring steam and diesel train rides, dinner trains, Polar Express and BE the Engineer/Ride with the Engineer programs and more.
Nichols House Museum - Massachusetts
The Nichols House Museum educates visitors by providing a unique glimpse into the domestic life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on Boston's historic Beacon Hill.
Old Courthouse Museum - South Dakota
Make time for history! The Old Courthouse Museum offers a dynamic history experience through innovative and informative exhibits, programs, and special events
Old Governor's Mansion - Louisiana
The Old Governor's Mansion, built by Huey P. Long in 1930 and nicknamed "Louisiana's White House," served as official residence to nine Louisiana governors and their families.
Oscar Anderson House Museum - Alaska
Built in 1915, the Oscar Anderson House Museum is a one and one half story bungalow-style frame residence furnished with period artifacts, providing visitors an experience of life in early Anchorage.
Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier - Virginia
The Park is a 424-acre Civil War campus, offering four museums, four historic homes and the Breakthrough Battlefield of April 2, 1865. Hours vary by season. I-85, Exit 63A.
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park - California
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park explores San Francisco Bay Area history at the six-acre headquarters of a vast Spanish land grant, while engaging and giving voice to today’s multi-cultural Oakland community.
Pettigrew Home & Museum - South Dakota
Welcome to the past! Tour the elegant 1889 Queen Anne style home of South Dakota's first senator R.F. Pettigrew.
Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center - New York
At the former home and studio of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, two of America’s foremost abstract painters, their living and working environment offers insights into the creative process.
Pueblo Grande Museum - Arizona
Pueblo Grande Museum is located just east of downtown Phoenix, next to Sky Harbor International Airport. A National Historic Landmark and an Arizona Point of Pride, the museum is a part of the City of Phoenix and is the only preserved prehistoric archaeological site within the city of Phoenix.
Rhodes Hall - Georgia
Built in 1904, Rhodes Hall stands strong as one of the few remaining Peachtree mansions and one of the finest examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in the state of Georgia.
Rokeby Museum - Vermont
Rokeby Museum connects visitors to the human experience of the Underground Railroad and to the lives of the Robinsons, who lived on and farmed this land for nearly 200 years.
Sotterley Plantation - Maryland
The mission of Sotterley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is to preserve, interpret, and research Sotterley’s diverse cultures and environments throughout its history, and to serve as a public education resource.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site, part of the Indiana State Museum system - Indiana
The home of one of Indiana's most honored artists, Theodore Steele (1847-1926), includes tours of the artist's studio and "House of the Singing Winds," plus 211 acres to explore.
Terrace Hill - Iowa
Terrace Hill is Iowa's Governor's Residence and National Historic Landmark. Built in 1869, it is one of the finest examples of Victorian Second Empire architecture.
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts - North Carolina
Built in 1861, the Bellamy Mansion stands proud as an historical landmark of Wilmington, NC. A spectacular example of antebellum architecture, the Mansion evokes a rich history with its grand porches, proud Corinthian columns, intricate iron work and traditional nineteenth century gardens.
The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson - Tennessee
The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes in the United States.
The Ridge Macon County Archaeology Project Interpretive Center - Alabama
Located in the Warrior Stand community 12 miles south of Tuskegee and 9 miles north of Hurtsboro, The Center is a unique community-based repository of historical information about the project area.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Florida
Vizcaya was built by American businessman James Deering in the 1910s. Today, the extraordinary European-inspired estate includes a house filled with art and furnishings and formal gardens on Biscayne Bay.
Willa Cather State Historic Site - Nebraska
Three- and seven-building tours are available daily. Tourists are also encouraged to visit the 608-acre Cather Prairie. Overnight visitors may rent a room at the Cather Second Home. Guests may choose between the room that was Cather's, or the rooms of her parents and siblings.