The NPS preserves a variety of places commemorating America's multi-faceted history. The NPS preserves cultural resources, such as buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, and museum collections. They serve as tangible evidence of our collective past.
Find a Park to find more of all Americans' stories.
Cabrillo National Monument
Climbing onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo was the first European to set foot on what is now the west coast of the USA.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
The fortress founded by the Spanish in Florida in the 1600s.
César E. Chávez National Monument
Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz was the headquarters for the United Farm Workers Union, led by Cesar Chavez.
New Mexico, Texas
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro Trail
Traditionally told from east to west, the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail gives a different look at US history.
El Morro National Monument
Imagine the comfort and refreshment of finding water after days of dusty travel. A reliable waterhole here has long been a stopping place.
San Juan National Historical Park
The Spanish city of San Juan on Puerto Rico was fortified against attacks.
As well as caring for America's more than 400 national parks, the NPS works in almost every one of her 3,141 counties. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun. Find a few selected important places outside the parks here and explore the links for more. Then explore what you can do to share your own stories and the places that matter to you.
Barrio Libre, Tucscon
Learn about this mostly undisturbed Hispanic neighborhood dating from the 1800s.
Learn about the longest operating Latino music store in New York City.
Freedom Tower, Miami
Learn about the importance of this place to Cuban migrants to the United States.
Arizona, New Mexico, Texas
Spanish Missions in the Southwest
Visit Spanish colonial mission sites in the Southwest with this Discover Your Shared Heritage Travel Itininerary.
Learn about Hispano American settlers on the American frontier at this site in Hooper, Colordao.
Women's Building of San Francisco
An important community space for many groups, including several Latina organizations.
Last updated: July 19, 2020