09/02/2014 12:00 am ET Updated Oct 06, 2014

7 Hispanic Heritage Sites That Are Well Worth The Visit

It's no secret that the U.S. population is becoming more and more Hispanic. According to U.S. Census data from 2013, 17 percent of Americans are Hispanic, making this group the largest ethnic minority in the country. And this number is only expected to continue growing. By 2060, it's estimated that 31 percent of our nation's population will be Hispanic.

It should come as no surprise that these numbers are so high, especially when you consider American history. Until the mid-19th century, nine states were either part of New Spain or Mexico before being incorporated into the United States. Florida, California, Texas and the Southwest are still very influenced by Hispanic culture and have the highest population of Hispanics in the entire country.

With our nation's Latino roots in mind, we've partnered with the Comfort Inn® brand to bring you a list of the most historically rich heritage sites across the United States. So whether you consider yourself Hispanic or not, be sure to check out these areas across the country to learn a little more about the history of a very prevalent group of Americans.

Hispanic Heritage Sites

Stay with Comfort Inn® for a good night's sleep before checking out these incredible historic sites.

This post has been corrected to identify the fate of the Texan soldiers defending the Alamo.