Visit the Region
The Midwest Region has over 60 national park units ranging from wilderness areas, lakeshore habitats, winding rivers, recreational trails, historic sites, and battlefields. Hike along a ridge top trail, paddle down a historic waterway, walk along a sand dune, visit a hallowed civil war battlefield, enjoy the homes of our Presidents, or embrace the spirit of exploration.
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There are eight National Heritage Areas in the Midwest Region. 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.
In 1968, a Presidential commission recommended that the nation protect wild rivers and scenic rivers from development that would substantially change their wild or scenic nature. Since the nearly 13,000 miles of river in 38 states and Puerto Rico are preserved for possessing outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural, or other similar values.
National Natural Landmarks are the best examples of biological and geological features found both public and private ownership are selected for their outstanding condition, illustrative value, rarity, diversity, and value to science and education. Sites are designated by the Secretary of the Interior, with landowner concurrence, and to-date, nearly 600 landmarks have received the NNL designation within the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
National Historic Landmarks (NHLs) are nationally significant historic places designated by the Secretary of the Interior because they possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Today, just over 2,500 historic places bear this national distinction. The Midwest Region is home to approximately 450 Landmarks (view map) that represent the diverse history of the Midwest.
Last updated: April 5, 2016