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Commemorating Hispanic Heritage
Spanish soldier reeanctors firing a cannon on top of a fort in front of spectators

Castillo de San Marcos NM

New worlds collided at this early Spanish outpost on the coast of Florida, which ultimately helped to shape the future of the continent.

View of colonial Spanish mission through a stone archway

San Antonio Missions NHP

Spanish settlers brought new government, culture, and religion to the deserts of the Southwest.

Mexican soldier reenactor carrying a snare drum

Palo Alto Battlefield NHP

The first major battle of the Mexican War had lasting impacts on Hispanic peoples on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border.

Fossil Footprints of Prehistoric Life

River running through a hilly area

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Hidden in the hills of Idaho are the fossils of more than 200 prehistoric species, including the Hagerman horse.

Two boys peering off a hanging boardwalk over an excavation site

Waco Mammoth National Monument

View fossils "in situ," including a herd of Columbian mammoths and a camel that lived 67,000 years ago.

Cross section of a petrified log sitting in the desert

Petrified Forest National Park

Among the dramatic geological formations of Arizona are the fossilized remains of fallen trees that lived about 225 million years ago.

Piecing Together Our Past
View from underneath the overhang of a cave

Russell Cave National Monument

A cave collapse helped protect clues to the daily lifeways of early North American inhabitants dating from 10,000 B.C. to 1650 A.D.

Woman kneeling down troweling in a rectangular excavation pit

Hopewell Culture NHP

Archaeologists continue to learn more about the Hopewellian people who built earthen mounds and embankments in the Ohio River Valley.

Building structure made of thin wooden poles

Colonial National Historical Park

Ongoing archaeology at Historic Jamestowne helps reconstruct life in the earliest surviving English settlement in North America.

National Park Getaways
Two-story yellow colonial period building

Getaway to Christiansted NHS

Walk through history and learn more about the rich blend of cultures in the Virgin Islands at this historic site.

Two Mexican dancers onstage

Chamizal National Memorial

Celebrate U.S. and Mexican heritage at this memorial dedicated to international friendship on the Texas-Mexico border.

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt Island

A hidden oasis of nature in the nation's capital, Theodore Roosevelt Island is a living memorial to the 26th president.

Aerial view of Norden along the Niobrara River

Niobrara National Scenic River

Among the golden prairie of Nebraska flows a scenic river perfect for adventure-seekers or relaxation.