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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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 water projects that irrigated the dry land and supplied Americans living in the West with electricity via new hydroelectric powerplants--great engineering feats constructed by many workers.
The expanded Bureau of Reclamation travel itinerary offers eight new sites that feature historic powerplants and three new essays about the history of hydroelectric power in the United States. Discover more in the Bureau of Reclamation Historic Dams, Irrigation Projects, and Powerplants Travel Itinerary.
In the World Heritage Sites in the United States Travel Itinerary, discover 22 exceptional cultural and natural sites that have been formally determined to possess “outstanding universal value” to humanity. Most but not all U.S. World Heritage Sites are administered by the National Park Service, and all or parts of them are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites under the World Heritage Convention, these historic and natural wonders enhance worldwide understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Travel to Preserve America Communities
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.
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