09/05/2012 06:44 am ET Updated Nov 05, 2012

5 National Convention Host Cities Worth Visiting (PHOTOS)

The 2012 Republican National Convention already wrapped up in Tampa, and the Democrats are rallying in Charlotte this week. Both cities are first-time hosts of the major political parties' biggest quadrennial affairs.

The conventions have a long history, dating back to the 19th century, and have convened their delegates in nearly every region of the United States (sorry, Pacific Northwest). Many cities have hosted multiple national conventions and witnessed history made and political careers launched. Their places in history vary, but they all have plenty to offer visitors who are looking to learn about the past -- or simply enjoy a vacation in the present.

Here at ShermansTravel, we took a look at some of those past centers of political power to see what historical sites remain and what current attractions continue to draw visitors. No matter how you vote or who you support, there's something for you to enjoy in these past convention host cities.

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National Convention Host Cities