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Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series

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As our list of travel itineraries grows, the historic destinations you can visit online or in person are virtually endless! Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries expose you to a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture. The Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries can help you plan your next trip!

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New! Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Travel Itinerary

Asian and Pacific Islander peoples in all walks of life have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways. Use the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Travel Itinerary to explore their stories and their legacy by visiting units of the National Park System and other places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, most of which are National Historic Landmarks, in American states across the nation, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Guam.


New! El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail

El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Travel Itinerary

The National Park Service invites you to visit places listed in the National Register of Historic Places that bring alive stories along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail and illuminate the diverse ways this important cultural route has contributed to the history and development of the United States. El Camino Real is North America’s longest Euro-American trade route, tying Spain’s colonial capital in Mexico City to its northern frontier in New Mexico, spanning three centuries, two countries and 1,600 miles.


Discover the U.S.A. in 2014
October is National Arts & Humanities Month! At Discover Our Shared Heritage, we recommend celebrating Americans' artistic endeavors and contributions to human inquiry and culture with a trip to Asheville, NC, often called the "Paris of the South." Plan your trip with the Asheville, North Carolina Travel Itinerary from the National Park Service.

Highlighted Itineraries

American Latino Heritage Travel Itinerary

American Latino Heritage

Since the age of exploration, Latino peoples have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways for some 500 years. Explore their stories and their legacy by visiting the units of the National Park System and places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, most of which are designated as National Historic Landmarks, throughout the nation featured in this itinerary.

Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures Travel Itinerary

Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures Travel Itinerary 

The United States of America is the most culturally diverse nation on earth. The National Park Service preserves the historic places and stories of America’s diverse cultural heritage and expands and maintains the National Register of Historic Places. This itinerary helps visitors learn about the contributions of the many peoples who have played a role in American history whose stories come alive in the units of our National Park System.

Massachusetts Conservation Travel Itinerary

Massachusetts Conservation 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been a leader in the conservation movement since the early 19th century. Celebrating the importance and impact of this movement, our new itinerary features historic places located throughout Massachusetts where people can learn about the history and evolution of the conservation and landscape planning and preservation movements of the 19th and 20th centuries.


Madison, Indiana Travel Itinerary

Madison, Indiana 

Explore Madison, Indiana, a town located in southern Indiana that was an active stop on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. The itinerary features the Madison Historic District and highlights 40 historic places and neighborhoods within the district as well as important places close by. Madison is home to a rare collection of hundreds of antebellum buildings and others that predate World War II, and much more.



Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served Travel Itinerary

Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served

Creating national cemeteries became a necessity during the American Civil War in order for the United States military to respectfully bury the dead.  These National Cemeteries have become national shrines, honoring the sacrifice and valor of the men and women who have served this country throughout its history. Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and remember those who served.

Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and Water Projects Travel Itinerary

Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and Water Projects

The American West is known for its expansive prairies, great mountains, and arid climate. The Bureau of Reclamation, the nation’s largest supplier of water and second-largest producer of hydroelectric power, controlled the wild rivers of the West with its historic dams and water control projects--great engineering feats constructed by many workers. Learn about the vital role of the Bureau of Reclamation in managing, developing, and protecting water in the United States. Explore the history of water in the West and visit the historic dams and water projects that created the West we know today.

Preserve America
Travel to Preserve America Communities
The Preserve America Communities program recognizes and designates communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.


Each itinerary provides:

  • Descriptions of each historic place and its importance in American history, plus contextual essays
  • Tourist information for historic places open to the public including hours of operation, tour possibilities, phone numbers, and website links
  • Interactive maps
  • Color and vintage photographs
  • Links to related preservation and tourism web sites

 

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Map of the United States

Northeast
American Latino Heritage
American Presidents
Amistad: Seeking Freedom in Connecticut
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
Aviation:From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms
Baltimore, Maryland
Central Vermont
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
Cultural Diversity: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
All Aboard for Cumberland, Maryland
Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, Pennsylvania
Kingston, New York
Lewis and Clark Expedition
Maritime History of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Conservation
Shaker Historic Trail
Aboard the Underground Railroad
Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
Washington, DC
Places Where Women Made History: Featuring Massachusetts and New York

Southeast
American Latino Heritage
American Presidents
Asheville, North Carolina
Atlanta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Aviation:From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms
Historic Charleston's Religious and Community Buildings
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
Cultural Diversity: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
Florida Shipwrecks
Along the Georgia-Florida Coast
(OR order printed brochure)
James River Plantations, VA
Lewis and Clark Expedition
Lexington, Kentucky
Indian Mounds of Mississippi
Journey Through Hallowed Ground: Route 15 in the Virginia's Piedmont
Raleigh, NC
Richmond, VA
Shelby, North Carolina
Aboard the Underground Railroad
Virginia Main Street Communities
Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

South/Southwest
American Latino Heritage
American Presidents
American Southwest
(OR order printed brochure)
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
Aviation:From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms
Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and Water Projects ~ NEW
Cane River National Heritage Area (Louisiana)
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
Cultural Diversity: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
Southeastern Louisiana
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
(OR order printed brochure)
Route 66
South and West Texas
(OR order printed brochure)

Midwest
Amana Colonies, Iowa
American Latino Heritage
American Presidents
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
Aviation:From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms
Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and Water Projects~ NEW
Chicago, Illinois
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
Cultural Diversity:Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
Detroit, Michigan
Hardin County, Iowa
Indianapolis, Indiana
Lewis and Clark Expedition
Madison, Indiana
Scotts Bluff, Nebraska
Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor
Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota
Pipestone, Minnesota
Route 66
Shaker Historic Trail
Aboard the Underground Railroad
Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers

West
American Latino Heritage
American Presidents
Ashland, Oregon
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
Aviation:From Sand Dunes to Sonic Booms
Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams and Water Projects ~ NEW
Early History of the California Coast
(OR order printed brochure)
We Shall Overcome: Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
Civil War Era National Cemeteries: Honoring Those Who Served
Cultural Diversity: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
Lewis and Clark Expedition
Three Historic Nevada Cities: Carson City, Reno, Virginia City
Route 66
Santa Clara County, California
Seattle, Washington
Veterans Affairs National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area