Annaberg Historic Trail, St. John, US Virgin Islands

If we kids learned anything from our trip to Hawaii several years ago, it was that not all trips are supposed to be spent laying on a beach and ignoring the history.  This trip we took advantage of the history and spent a whole day traveling the island – up and down mountain roads, to Maho Bay Camps (where we watched someone make a glass starfish from a small ball of glass in the Glass Studio), past more wildlife and to local artists shops.  But one of the more unique places we visited was the Annaberg Sugar Ruins – a series of historic buildings that were once powered by wind, animals and people and made sugar cane.  It was amazing to see these old buildings still standing and to imagine what they used to be like when they were alive with energy.  Us kids, of course, had fun walking around, running up and down in the ruins and eating ginips (a small fruit like a lychee) straight off the trees.  What have been some of your favorite historic or national park visit trips?


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