Distinctive Destinations

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. 

Join this network of over 250 Distinctive Destinations.

If you are looking for a list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations, a program that expired in 2011, you can find them here.

 

1812 John Wickham House - Virginia
A guided tour of the Wickham House, a National Historic Landmark, allows guests to explore aspects of life in the early 19th century. The Wickham House was purchased by Mann Valentine Jr. and in 1898 became the first home of the Valentine Museum.

Adams Museum - South Dakota
The Adams Museum is the Black Hills' oldest history museum. W.E. Adams built the Adams Museum in memory of his first wife and daughters.

African American Museum of the Arts - Florida
Founded in 1994 and located in historic DeLand, FL, the AAMA is the only museum in the area devoted primarily to African American cultures and art.

Aiken-Rhett House Museum - South Carolina
The Aiken-Rhett House (c. 1820) and its outbuildings have a conservation interpretation approach which allows visitors to experience the way the buildings have changed and evolved over time.

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.

Bacon's Castle - Virginia
Built in 1665, Bacon's Castle is Virginia's oldest datable brick dwelling & America's only surviving example of High Jacobean architecture. Stroll the grounds & enjoy our 17th-century English Formal Garden and 19th-century dependencies.

Ball-Sellers House Museum - Virginia
The Ball-Sellers House, built in the mid-1770s, is the oldest surviving structure in Arlington County and is a rare example of an ordinary farmer’s dwelling in the Colonial Era.

Beall-Dawson House - Maryland
The Beall-Dawson Historical Park consists of the c. 1815 Federal style Beall-Dawson House; the c. 1850 Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine, originally a local doctor’s office; and the Jane C. Sween Research Library.

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.

Cape Henry Lighthouse - Virginia
Visitors to the Cape Henry Lighthouse can climb to the top of the tower to enjoy spectacular views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. They can also enjoy a quided walking tour of the area as well as a visit to our museum shop.

Charles Allis Art Museum - Wisconsin
Industrialist Charles Allis' home featuring his world class art collection including works by masters Rousseau, Cordot, Whistler, Dürer, Homer, ancient antiquities, and asian ceramics complete with his original furnishings.

City Island Nautical Museum - New York
The City Island Nautical Museum, housed in a historic school building, tells the history of this unique maritime community in the Bronx with artifacts, images, and models.

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.

Conrad Mansion Museum - Montana
Fully furnished, over 90% of the furniture, clothing, china, toys, books and documents are original to the house. The Mansion is located on three acres in the East Side Historic District.

Daly Mansion & Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum - Montana
Built in 1910 by famed architect A.J. Gibson, The Daly Mansion is the historic family home of Copper King and founder of Hamilton, Marcus Daly.

Davenport House Museum - Georgia
The Davenport House Museum experience includes visiting two restored floors of the house and its courtyard garden.

Days of '76 Museum - South Dakota
Deadwood's newest museum weaves the intriguing tales of a gold rush town where western legends, gold miners, cowboys, and neighbors combine to present a uniquely American story.

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.

Edgell Memorial Library - Massachusetts
Built in 1872 as a Civil War Memorial and Library, this building now displays the Framingham History Center’s revolving exhibits and houses office space and special collections.

Ellwood House Museum - Illinois
The Ellwood House is the home of barbed wire manufacturer Isaac Ellwood. The current estate offers ten acres of parkland with seven historic structures dating from 1879 to 1912.

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.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio - Virginia
The 18th century Belmont estate was the early 20th century country home of American artist Gari Melchers. The site features original furnishings, formal gardens and a large collection of the artist's work.

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.

Great Branch Rosenwald Teacherage - South Carolina
Because of its uniqueness and the restoration efforts, the home has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a site on the SC National Heritage Corridor.

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.

Hanford Mills Museum - New York
Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking factory. Guided tours and exhibits cover energy, technology, natural resources, sustainability, and entrepreneurship in rural communities.

Henry Timrod Library - South Carolina
This unique "LowCountry" brick bungalow, built in 1915 to house a Membership Library, has continually served the community since its 1897 inception as the perfect blending of past and present.

Heurich House Museum - District of Columbia
The Heurich House Museum is a time machine that takes visitors to Dupont Circle in the early 20th century. The barely-altered former residence of DC's most successful brewer features original family collections and takes advantage of a richly preserved oral family history.

Historic Adams House - South Dakota
When Deadwood became “civilized”, Harris and Anna Franklin built the turreted Queen Anne style home in 1892. Franklin sold the home to W.E. and Alice Adams in 1920.

Historic Belknap Mill - New Hampshire
This 190 year old building is the only post and beam brick example of a working mill in the nation. We still operate and make socks on the knitting machines and the 1918 hydro electric power generating system that literally brought electricity to Laconia.

Historic Fort Steuben - Ohio
Experience life on the Ohio frontier at Historic Fort Steuben, a fully reconstructed 18th century fort built on its original site overlooking the Ohio River.

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.

Hotel de Paris Museum - Colorado
Louis Dupuy's legendary Hotel de Paris dates to the silver mining boom, and served as a first-class French restaurant, showroom for traveling salesmen, and luxurious accommodation during the Gilded Age.

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.

John Marshall House - Virginia
Welcome to the home of John Marshall: lawyer, revolutionary war soldier, statesman, fourth Chief Justice of the United States, and leading citizen of Virginia's capitol city.

Laramie Plains Museum at the Historic Ivinson Mansion - Wyoming
This 1892 restored Queen Anne Victorian mansion is the perfect setting for learning of Laramie's fascinating people and artifacts through docent-led hour long tours that begin whenever you arrive.

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.

Linden Hill Historic Event Center Museum - Minnesota
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Linden Hill is available for guided individual and group tours.

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.

Long Branch Plantation - Virginia
Long Branch Plantation’s sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its 400 acres of rolling pastures, and its 200-year-old plantation home provide visitors with a memorable and historic experience.

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.

Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center - New York
Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, interprets and shares Russel Wright's modernist home, studio and 75-acre woodland garden as examples of living with nature and good design in daily living.

Manoa Heritage Center - Hawaii
An important link to the past, the heiau, thought to be an agricultural worshipping site, is one of the few traditional Hawaiian structures that still exists in our urban Honolulu landscape.

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.

Melrose Plantation - Louisiana
Discover the 200 year history of Melrose Plantation. A National Historic Landmark, Melrose Plantation contains nine historic buildings including the African House, Yucca House, Clementine Hunter Cabin and Big House.

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.

Mission San Juan Capistrano - California
See a snapshot of California’s history in our museum exhibits and throughout our 10-acre grounds of gardens, fountains and adobe preserved architecture. Audio tour in six languages free with admission.

Molly Brown House Museum - Colorado
Molly Brown House Museum is among the most visited historic sites in Colorado, and is one of only a handful of sites dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story.

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.

Nathaniel Russell House Museum - South Carolina
A fine example of a grand Federal townhouse, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum, c.1808, boasts a restored interior with elaborate ornamentation, a magnificent free-flying staircase, period antiques and spacious gardens.

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.

Oberlin Heritage Center - Ohio
Tour beautifully preserved historic sites. Enjoy powerful stories of this nationally significant community where everyday people have done extraordinary things since the town and college were founded. Learn about the Underground Railroad, women's history, radicals and reformers and much more.

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.

Old Salem Museums & Gardens - North Carolina
Experience early American history in the unique Moravian settlement of Salem. Original structures, gardens, tours, artifacts, hands-on workshops, fun family events and shopping.

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.

Patrick Henry's Scotchtown - Virginia
Scotchtown was Patrick Henry’s home from 1771–1778 and where he was living when he rode to St. John’s Church to give his “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Scotchtown is owned by Preservation Virginia and is open seasonally.

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.

Pitot House - Louisiana
The Pitot House (ca. 1799) on Bayou St. John in New Orleans is the only example of a Creole Colonial country home open to the public in the city.

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.

Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center - New Jersey
The Westfield Historical Society, headquartered at the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center, has a vast collection of artifacts, documents and memorabilia; and offers many programs and exhibits

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.

Ruthmere Museums Campus - Indiana
Ruthmere Museums Campus an experience in History, Art and Architecture come visit three historic properties, gardens and events - elegance at its finest.

Smith's Fort - Virginia
Nestled on the south side of the James River,we offer a quiet refuge from the bustle of everyday life.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York
Home to one of the world's finest collections of modern and contemporary art, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is itself a masterpiece. Discover extraordinary special exhibitions and see works from permanent collection from world-renowned artists such as Calder, Chagall, Kandinsky, Klee, Picasso, and van Gogh.

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.

Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate - Massachusetts
Stonehurst is a masterwork of American design crowning the career-long collaboration of architect Henry Hobson Richardson and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

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 Grand 1894 Opera House - Texas
The Grand 1894 Opera House is a magnificently restored non-profit performing arts theatre showcasing live entertainment year round. The variety of programming includes artists in the fields of theatre, comedy, dance, opera, and popular music.

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 Marston House Museum & Gardens - California
Learn about one of San Diego's most prominent families and the master architects and landscape designers who worked with the family to create one of the region's most important estates.

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.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms - New Jersey
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is the former country estate of noted turn-of-the-century designer Gustav Stickley, a leader of the Arts and Crafts movement in decorative arts, home building and furnishing styles.

The Wadsworth Longfellow House and Garden - Maine
The House is located on Congress Street in the heart of downtown Portland. Portland is a waterfront community filled with shops and restaurants.

The Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum - California
Once the Butterfield Stage Stop and California's first regular overland stage connection with St. Louis, the restored Warner-Carrillo Ranch House Museum stands in a setting virtually unchanged from the mid-19th century.

The Whaley House Museum - California
Containing more history within its walls than perhaps any other building in San Diego, the 1857 Whaley House Museum has been called “America’s Most Haunted House.”

The Woodlawn Cemetery - New York
Woodlawn Conservancy is dedicated to enhancing The Woodlawn Cemetery as a historic, natural and cultural landmark, founded in 1863.

Thomas Cole National Historic Site - New York
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site is a National Historic Landmark that welcomes visitors, featuring changing exhibitions of landscape paintings, guided tours of Cole’s1815 home, art studios and museum shop.

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary - Michigan
Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum - Wisconsin
Italian Renaissance-style villa built in 1923 for Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family. The museum features fine decorative arts, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik a formal garden and changing exhibitions by local, regional, and international artists.

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.