Becsta, let me know your interests and I'll throw a few names your way.
I actually live alongside the first ever railway in the world where the first steam train ever ran (25 years before Stephensons Rocket) but there's not a great deal to see about it. If it was in the US there would be massive monuments and shops and pobably a theme park. People here can be quite reserved about their history.
Loads of castles, beaches, beautiful countryside, fantastic riding/driving roads, pretty villages, great, real ale pubs, stone circles, etc. I can recomend campsites and provide websites if you need them. Just let me know and I'll do my best to help :-)