Mammoth Cave (left) photograph courtesy of the National Park Service. Everglades National Park (right) photograph courtesy of the National Park Service
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World Heritage Sites in the United States Heritage Tourism, History, Preservation, and General Websites


List of Sites by State   Other Relevant National Park Service Websites   
Other Relevant Websites   
Selected Bibliography

UNESCO World Heritage Centre
UNESCO World Heritage Convention
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the United States

 
Alaska

Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark

National Geographic Glacier Bay
National Geographic Wrangell-St. Elias
Travel Alaska – Glacier Bay
Travel Alaska Wrangell-St. Elias
American Latino Heritage Travel Itinerary

 
Arizona


Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Canyon National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Historic American Landscapes Survey
Grand Canyon Association
American Southwest
Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce
Arizona Office of Tourism

 
California

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Camp Curry Historic District
Glacier Point Trailside Museum
LeConte Memorial Lodge
Parsons Memorial Lodge
Wawona Hotel and Pavilion
Yosemite Valley
Tuolumne County, California
Mariposa County, California 
Madera County, California
American Southwest Travel Itinerary
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures

Redwood National and State Parks
Redwood National and State Parks World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Hiouchi Information Center
Jedediah Smith Visitor Center
Crescent City Information Center
Prairie Creek Visitor Center
Thomas H. Kuchel Visitor Center
Humboldt County
Del Norte County

 
Colorado

Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Mesa Verde Administration District
Mesa Verde Museum Association
Montezuma County, Colorado  

 
Florida

Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Mud Lake Canal
Everglades Archeological Heritage
Visit Florida

 
Hawaii

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Jaggar Museum
Hawai’i County

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge
Marine National Monuments

 
Idaho

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Fort Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road Historic District
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Old Faithful Historic District
Old Faithful Inn
Queen’s Laundry Bath House
Park Country, Wyoming
Tenton Country, Wyoming
Gallatin Country, Montana
Park Country, Montana
Fremont County, Idaho

 
Illinois

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
St. Clair County, Illinois

 
Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park
Mammoth Cave World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Edmonson County, Kentucky
Hart County, Kentucky
Barren County, Kentucky  

 
Louisiana

Poverty Point State Historic Site
Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
National Register of Historic Places
NPS Website
National Historic Landmark
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures

 
Montana

Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Glacier National Park
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan: Going-to-the-Sun-Road: A Model of Landscape Engineering
Going-to-the-Sun Road National Historic Landmark
Waterton Lakes National Park (Canada)
Parks Canada
Glacier Institute
Pure Experience: Waterton Lakes National Park
Western Montana Travel and Tourism

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Fort Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road Historic District
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Old Faithful Historic District
Old Faithful Inn
Queen’s Laundry Bath House
Park Country, Wyoming
Tenton Country, Wyoming
Gallatin Country, Montana
Park Country, Montana
Fremont County, Idaho

 
New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Recreation.gov
National Geographic
PBS Weekend Explorer
American Southwest
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico State Tourism

Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Chaco Culture World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Una Vida Petroglyphs
Hungo Pavi
Chetro Ketl
Pueblo Bonito
Casa Rinconada and Small Villages
Pueblo del Arroyo
Petroglyph Trail
Aztec Ruins National Monument
San Juan County, New Mexico
McKinley County, New Mexico


Taos Pueblo
Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Indian Pueblo Culture Center
National Geographic
Official Taos Vacation Guide
Taos County Chamber of Commerce
New Mexico State Tourism
American Latino Heritage Travel Itinerary
American Southwest Travel Itinerary

 
New York

Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Ellis Island (Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument)
Historic American Engineering Record
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Statue Cruises
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures

 
North Carolina

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Cades Cove
Cataloochee
Deep Creek
Clingmans Dome
Fontana Dam
Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill
Newfound Gap
North Carolina Attractions
Roaring Fork
Off the Beaten Path
Swain County, North Carolina
Haywood County, North Carolina
Cocke County, Tennessee

 
Pennsylvania

Independence National Historical Park
Independence Hall World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Visiting Independence Hall

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 
Puerto Rico

San Juan National Historic Site
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
National Register of Historic Places
Puerto Rico
See Puerto Rico
American Latino Heritage Travel Itinerary
Historic Places in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Travel Itinerary
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary: Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan: The Forts of Old San Juan: Guardians of the Caribbean

 
Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Cades Cove
Cataloochee
Deep Creek
Clingmans Dome
Fontana Dam
Mountain Farm Museum and Mingus Mill
Newfound Gap
North Carolina Attractions
Roaring Fork
Off the Beaten Path
Swain County, North Carolina
Haywood County, North Carolina
Cocke County, Tennessee 

 
Virginia

Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
Historic American Buildings Survey: Monticello
Historic American Buildings Survey: University of Virginia
The Academical Village, University of Virginia
Exploring the University of Virginia and Charlottesville
Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area
Charlottesville Albemarle County
American Presidents Travel Itinerary
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary: Lewis and Clark Expedition
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary: Journey Through Hallowed Ground
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plan: Thomas Jefferson’s Plan for the University of Virginia: Lessons from the Lawn

 
Washington

Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Jefferson County, Washington
Clallam County, Washington
Mason County, Washington
Grays Harbor County, Washington

 
Wyoming

Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park World Heritage Site (UNESCO)
Fort Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road Historic District
Lamar Buffalo Ranch
Old Faithful Historic District
Old Faithful Inn
Queens Laundry Bath House
Park Country, Wyoming
Tenton Country, Wyoming
Gallatin Country, Montana
Park Country, Montana
Fremont County, Idaho

 

Other Relevant National Park Service Websites

National Park Service The main National Park Service website is the gateway to national parks, information on preserving America’s history and culture in parks and communities, and a vast amount of other useful information on National Park Service programs, history and culture, nature and science, education, and other topics.

Cultural Resources Diversity Program This National Park Service program develops and administers the Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, publishes the newsletter Heritage Matters, participates in conferences and consults on diversity topics, conducts research projects on cultural diversity issues, and develops curriculum materials on cultural resources/historic preservation for colleges and universities, targeting minority schools.

Discover History The National Park Service's Cultural Resources Programs are dedicated to preserving history, education, and grants. Find out about the programs and the services they provide, and much more, by going to the Discover History home. History is everywhere. In nearly 400 national parks and every hometown. It covers everything from the remnants of ancient civilizations to the boyhood homes of U.S. Presidents to the stirring sagas of hard-fought wars to the reverberations of one woman refusing to give up her seat on a bus. History is a part of who we were, who we are, and who we will be.

Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series  The National Park Service's travel itineraries include many interesting and exciting historic destinations to visit online and in person.  Each itinerary spotlights a different geographic region, theme, or community, and provides a wealth of information. The travel itineraries include a huge variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture, most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Heritage Documentation Programs in the American Memory: Built in America The National Park Service Heritage Documentation Programs include HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey), the Federal Government’s oldest operating preservation program, and companion programs, HAER (Historic American Engineering Record) and HALS (Historic American Landscapes Survey). Drawings, maps, photographs, and historical reports produced through the programs and archived at the Library of Congress constitute the nation’s largest collection of historical architectural, engineering, and landscape documentation.

History E-Library This National Park Service website includes many useful NPS documents on National Park System units associated with cultural heritage and a variety of other publications related to history and historic places.

National Historic Landmarks National Historic Landmarks are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value in interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, fewer than 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. The National Park Service administers the National Historic Landmarks Program.

National Heritage Areas Program National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally important landscape. Through their resources, NHAs tell nationally important stories that celebrate our nation's diverse heritage. NHAs are lived-in landscapes. Consequently, NHA entities collaborate with communities to determine how to make heritage relevant to local interests and needs.

National Register of Historic Places The National Register of Historic Places is the nation’s official inventory of historic places worthy of preservation. Districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering, and culture are included in the National Register, which is expanded and maintained by the National Park Service. The National Register website is the gateway to information on authentic registered historic places, the benefits of recognition, and how to become involved in identifying, nominating to the National Register, and protecting these irreplaceable reminders of our heritage. The National Register publications are online. Among them are brochures in both English and Spanish.

National Trails System The National Historic Trails System is the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for outdoor recreation needs, promote the enjoyment, appreciation, and preservation of open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources, and encourage public access and citizen involvement.

Office of International Affairs The National Park Service Office of International Affairs works to promote the National Park Service mission to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resources conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States and the world. See the International Affairs World Heritage website. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, the National Park Service has produced a short film on World Heritage Sites in the U.S. Please click here to view this video.

Office of Sustainable Tourism National Parks have been interwoven with tourism from their earliest days. This website highlights the ways in which the National Park Service promotes and supports sustainable, responsible, informed and managed visitor use through cooperation and coordination with the tourism industry.

Teaching with Historic Places  Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom. The website for the National Park Service Teaching with Historic Places Program contains a wealth of information for educators and students that can be used in the classroom and beyond. It offers a series of more than 150 online classroom-ready place-based lesson plans created by historians and educators. Each lesson is linked to national and State standards for history and social studies. Lesson plans are indexed in several ways. The thematic index identifies the lesson plans that relate to Hispanic topics. Two of these lessons are available in Spanish, as well as in English.


Other Relevant Websites

American Memory at the Library of Congress  Search this website for documents, photographs, and other materials relating to America’s diverse population.

American Scenic Byways  This website, maintained by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, includes information on State and nationally designated byway routes throughout America based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities.

Historic Hotels of America A feature of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Heritage Traveler program that provides information on historic hotels and package tours in the vicinity of sites included in this itinerary.

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find
pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges

National Archives and Records Administration Search the National Archives website for primary documents.

International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental international organization dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.

National Park Foundation The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts.

National Trust for Historic Preservation The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a United States Congress-chartered non-profit membership organization that works to save America’s historic places. Chartered by Congress in 1949, the organization is now supported entirely by private contributions. In the word of the National Trust, "We take direct on-the-ground action when historic buildings and sites are threatened. Our work helps build vibrant, sustainable communities. We advocate with governments to save America’s heritage. We strive to create a cultural legacy as diverse as the nation itself so that all of us can take pride in our part of the American story."

US/ICOMOS (U.S. National Committee of ICOMOS) The U.S. National Committee of ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS) is part of this worldwide network of people, institutions, government agencies, and private corporations who support the preservation of our global cultural heritage. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental international organization dedicated to the conservation of the world's monuments and sites.

 

Selected Bibliography

Addison, Alonzo C. Disappearing World: The Earth’s Most Extraordinary and Endangered Places. Collins, 2007.

Adkison, Ron. Hiking Grand Canyon National Park. Connecticut: Morris Book Publishing, 2006.

Aitchison, Stewart. Official Guide to the North Rim. Grand Canyon Association, 2012

Arnold, Caroline. The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde. New York: Clarion Books, 1992.

Babb, Janet L. Hawaii Volcanoes: The Story Behind the Scenery. KC: KC Publishing, 2006.

Beiswanger, William L. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2002.

Birchell, Donna Blake. Carlsbad and Carlsbad Caverns (Images of America). Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

Burgess, Harry; West, Steve; Richards, Jason; Jablonsky, Pat; Route, Bill; Geluso, Ken; David, Gary Vequist; Heather Elizabeth McDowell Ward. Creating the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: Discourse, Media, Place-making, and Policy Entrepreneurs. ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing, 2011.

Burgess, Harry; West, Steve; Richards, Jason; Jablonsky, Pat; Route, Bill; Geluso, Ken; Vequist, Gary; Roemer, Dave; Pate, Dale; Mulligan, Pat. "Research in Carlsbad Caverns National Park."

Cameron, Christina. Many Voices, One Vision: The Early Years of the World Heritage Convention (Heritage, Culture, and identity) VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013.

Caulfield, Patricia. Sierra Club: The Everglades. Random House Inc, 1982.

Cerulean, Susan. The Book of The Everglades. Canada: Milkweed Editions, 2002

Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Culture and Natural Heritage. UNESCO, 1972.

Cotham, Steve. The Great Smokey Mountain National Park. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.

Culliney, John L. Islands in a Far Sea. Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 2006.

DeFresne, Jim. Glacier Bay National Park: A Backcountry Guide to the Glaciers and Beyond. Seattle: The Mountaineers, 1987.

Douglas, Marjory Stoneman. The Everglades: River of Grass. Sarasota: Pineapple Express, 1997.

Duncan, Dayton. Seed of the Future: Yosemite and the Evolution of the National Park Idea. United States: Yosemite Conservancy, 2013.

Erlanger, Steve. "What does UNESCO Recognition Mean, Exactly?" New York Times, 2012.

Fitzgerald, Michael. The Majesty of Mesa Verde. Wall Street Journal March 14, 2009.

Frazier, Kendrick. People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture. New York: W.W Norton and Company, 1999.

Gibson, Jon L. Pov First Complerty Point: Theete Delta Culture.

Gibson, Jon L. The Ancient Mounds of Poverty Point: Place of Rings. University Press of Florida, 2001.

Grant, David Noble. In Search of Chaco: New Approaches to an Archaeological Enigma. Santa Fe: School of American Research, 2004.

Greiff, Constance M. Independence: The Creation of a National Park. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987.

Higgins, Michael. A Rustic- and Historic- Lodge in Olympic National Park. Chicago Tribune, July 8, 2007

Jones, Jay. “Cahokia Mounds: An Early Urban America” Chicago Tribune, December 14, 2013

Keegan, Marcia. Taos Pueblo and its Scared Blue Lake. Clear Light Publishing, 2010.

Klass, Raymond. Mammoth Cave National Park: Reflections. University Press of Kentucky, 2002

Lloyd, Sandra Mackenzie. Patriots, Pirates, Heroes & Spies Stories From Historic Philadelphia. Grosset and Dunlap, 2008.

Lyons, Joy Medley. Mammoth Cave: The Story Behind the Scenery. KC: KC Publishing INC, 1991

Maynard, Morris Hubbs. Waterfalls of the Smokies. Great Smoky Mountain Association, 2006.

McLaughlin, Jack. Jefferson and Monticello. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1998.

McNulty, Tim. Olympic National Park: A Natural History. University of Washington Press, 2007.

Medley, Steven P. The Complete Guidebook to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Association, 1998.

Mesa Verde Museum Association. Mesa Verde National Park: The First 100 Years. Fulcrum Publishing, 2006.

Mires, Charles. Independence Hall in American Memory. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

Mitchell, Elizabeth. Liberty’s Torch: The Great Adventure To Build The Statue of Liberty. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014.

Muller, Seth. Canyon Crossing: Experiencing Grand Canyon From Rim to Rim. Grand Canyon Association, 2011.

National Park Service. Forts of Old San Juan: San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico. National Park Service, 1997.

Pauketat, Timothy R. Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi. New York: Penguin Group, 2009.

Ranney, Wayne. Carving Grand Canyon: Evidence, Theories, and Mystery. Grand Canyon Association, 2007.

Rasp, Richard A. Redwood: The Story Behind the Scenery. KC: KC Publishing Inc, 1989

Robinson, George. Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park Pocket Portfolio. Sierra Pr, 1998.

Romain, William F, and Davis, Norman L. “Astronomy and Geometry and Poverty Point.”

Sands Jr, Robert W. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Chicago: Arcadia, 2012

Schneider, Bill. Falcon Guides Hiking Guide and Trail Map Bundle: Yellowstone. Morris Book Publishing, 2011.

Scullery, Paul. Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology and Wonder in the Last Wilderness. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999.

Seppa, Nathan. “Ancient Cahokia” Washington Post, March 12, 1997.

Shapiro, Howard. “In historic district, quite a story to tell Revolutionizing the tourists experience.”

Smith, Duane A. Mesa Verde National Park. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2009.

Spring, Vicky. Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park. The Mountaineers, 2013.

Stott, Peter H. “The World Heritage Convention and the National Park Service 1962-1972.”

Stott, Peter H. “The World Heritage Convention and the National Park Service 1972-1992.”

Stott, Peter H. “The World Heritage Convention and the National Park Service 1992-2009.”

Strutin, Michal. Chaco: A Cultural Legacy. Western National Park Association, 1994.

Tate, James L. San Juan Antigua Old San Juan, Puerto Rico 2011 Edition + Bonus Chapter: Have an Adventure. Boca Raton: Acacia Publishing, 2011.

Thoemke, Kris W. “Everglades National Park, Then and Now."

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument: Final Environmental Assessment. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

Warren, Henry C. Olympic: The Story Behind the Scenery. KC: KC Publishing Inc, 1982.

Wilbanks, Carri. “Mammoth Cave National Park.” USA Today May 7, 2014

World Heritage Sites In The United States. Eastern National, 2012.


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