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Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series

Heritage Education Services

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!

Resources Guidelines

In order to create a completed National Register travel itinerary, you will need to provide the following information and materials:

1. A list of approximately 25-40 buildings, districts, sites, structures, and objects listed in the National Register to be include in the itinerary

  • Geographic Travel Itineraries
    - a variety of properties representing the community or region's shared history must be included. (Note:communities with only a few National Register listings may consider developing itineraries that link their listed properties to those in other nearby communities.)
    - properties should represent, where appropriate, a variety of building types and styles and be good examples of that type or style.
    - properties should represent a variety of historic functions.
    - properties must appeal to a broad range of people and have an "interesting story to tell."
    - properties must be accessible to tourists or be historic districts the tourists could view.
    - including Federal tax credit rehabilitation projects is encouraged.
  • Thematic Travel Itineraries

  • - properties must be important in illustrating the theme of the travel itinerary.
    - properties must appeal to a broad range of people and have an "interesting story to tell."
    - including Federal tax credit rehabilitation projects is encouraged

2. Descriptive paragraphs on each of the properties

  • Paragraphs should be approximately 300 words in length.

  • Information found in the National Register documentation on the property should be used when writing the paragraphs.

  • The address of the property should be provided.
  • Information on the current function of the property should be included.

  • Properties listed as contributing within a historic district are acceptable
3. Current Accessibility Information
  • Information on whether the property is open or closed to the public must be provided.
  • If the property is open to the public, please include days and hours of operation, a phone number for further information, and indicate if an entrance fee is charged (exact price not needed).

4. Quality current color photographs or slides for each of the properties, and historic images when available.
  • Current color photographs should be submitted for each property. We prefer prints or slides. We can except electronic images only if sumbitted as TIF files (not Jpeg, Gif, or other formats), and scanned at a minimum resolution of 200 dpi (dots per inch). It is also helpful to provide us with several broader, streetscape views that picture different historic areas on the itinerary, such as images of a your downtown area or an aerial view. As many historic photographs as possible should be included. If you are not able to submit reproductions of the original photographs (either lab or copystand reproductions), we are more willing tol accept scanned electronic images, but we still prefer to have them in TIF format.
  • If the property is a Federal tax credit rehabilitation project, before and after photographs make good illustrations.

5. A hard copy map that covers the area of your travel itinerary

  • Indicate the location of all featured properties on this map.

  • Additional maps should be submitted identifying routes and names of major highways and important streets, only if the main map of the itinerary area does not contains these details.
  • We prefer hard copy maps, but if you would like to submit one electronically please contact us beforehand.
6. Essays on the major historical themes of the area's development and/or preservation efforts/sustainable development/tourism, etc
  • Each essay should be approximately 600-1,000 words in length.

  • National Register staff can help you determine appropriate essay topics for your itinerary after you finish compiling the rest of the materials.
7. A Welcome Letter from the mayor (or chief elected local official), the governor, a senator, or representative (as appropriate)

8. A bibliography of books generally available related to the theme or geographic area covered

9. A list of Internet links to appropriate preservation and tourism related Web sites

Guidelines for content have been created and must be followed to produce a National Register travel itinerary. During the completion of the travel itinerary your organization would work closely with National Register staff who will review the text, create a design for your itinerary, and prepare all materials for the web. If you have any questions please contact Carol Shull at (202) 354-2234, and refer to recently completed travel itineraries such as Lexington, Kentucky or Santa Clara County, California.

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