Smart travel means getting more bang for your buck. Don't just take a vacation; throw in a history lesson!
The site brings history to life with artifacts, recreated buildings and -- best of all -- reenactments. During my visit, I arrived just in time to watch volunteers stage a military muster firing. Boy, was it LOUD!
If you miss the muster firing, you might be able to stick around for a cannon firing, which happens on this schedule.
If you go...
Mission San Luis
2100 W Tennessee St.