Travel World Heritage Sites in the United States

The United States is proud to preserve and protect its World Heritage Sites. World Heritage Sites are a relatively small number of places on earth that have been formally determined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee to possess "outstanding universal value" to humanity for their exceptional cultural and natural significance. They have accordingly been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are truly part of our shared heritage. This itinerary offers a glimpse of why they have been identified as having such universal significance and helps travelers discover these very special destinations.

Photo of deep canyons.
Visit World Heritage Sites

Explore these unique sites and learn about their special cultural and/or physical significance.

Statue of Liberty on island. CC0
The NPS and International Cooperation

Learn about how the National Park Service works to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation to the world.

NPS ranger helping small child. NPS photo.
Become a World Heritage Junior Ranger

The World Heritage in the United States Junior Ranger program is a great place to increase your World Heritage IQ.

Glacier covered mountain. NPS photo.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Discover other World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Last updated: July 29, 2020