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Best National Parks and American Heritage Sites to Visit


Liberty Bell

Acadia National Park
Appalachian Trail
Cape Cod National Seashore
Castle Clinton National Monument
Delaware Water Gap NRA
Ellis Island
First State National Monument
French and Indian War
Gateway National Recreation Area
Governors Island National Monument
Katahdin Woods and Waters
Minute Man
Morristown NHP
Niagara Falls
Plymouth Rock
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Statue of Liberty
Valley Forge
Washington's Crossing


Battle of Winchester

Ball's Bluff Battlefield
Blue Ridge Parkway
Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain Battlefield
Catoctin Mountain Park
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
Ferry Farm and Mount Vernon
Fort McHenry
Harper's Ferry
Manassas/Bull Run
Battle of Monocacy
New River Gorge NR
Shenandoah National Park
War of 1812
Washington, D.C.
Battle of the Wilderness

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Gulf Islands National Seashore

Atlanta Campaign, Civil War 1864
Big Cypress
Biscayne National Park
Canaveral National Seashore
Cape Canaveral
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Chattahoochie River NRA
Chickamauga Chattanooga
Everglades National Park
Fort Donelson
Fort Sumter
Great Smoky Mountains
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Jean Lafitte NHP
Kennesaw Mountain NBP
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Natchez Trace Parkway
New Orleans
Ocmulgee Mounds NHP
Pea Ridge
San Juan
St. Augustine
Stones River
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
Virgin Islands National Park


Pictured Rocks National Seashore

Big South Fork
National River and Recreation Area

Buffalo National River
Cumberland Gap National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Isle Royale National Park
Mackinac Island
Mammoth Cave
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Battle of Perryville
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Springfield, Land of Lincoln
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
St. Louis Gateway to the West
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Voyageurs National Park
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Visit History

No matter how great it is to read a book, study a course, check out the U.S. History Timeline here at America's Best History, or watch something historic on television, it's just not the same as being there. Get out of the house and travel to some of the great vacation spots in the United States, those historic sites that tell the story of our history. And nearby, there'll be plenty of out and out fun, too.

Just remember, if you visit that mouse in Orlando, there's St. Augustine on the way, Cape Canaveral across Rt. 4, and the Everglades a bit further south.

If you can't wait to get into that Philadelphia history, remember Philadelphia is a vibrant town with lots of sports to see, amusement parks in nearby New Jersey, and an aquarium along the riverfront in Camden. If you're traveling to the center part of Pennsylvania, you can go right by Hershey park (well, almost) on your way to Gettysburg, or stop by all things Amish near Lancaster. Don't let the kids whither away at the mall. Don't let your parents take you to the same spots or tell you you won't like historic travel vacations, too.

Check out some of the most vibrant and interesting locations in the United States here in the Visit America section of, then pick out a couple to visit. And believe us, there's a whole lot more out there then the ones we've highlighted so far. Over four hundred National Parks, National Monuments, and other NPS sites just to pick out one type. And yes, we count national parks in the U.S. best history genre. Then there's the small gems of history that are Lesser Known that we highlight in our Monthly Spotlights.

The history of our national lands and historic sites remains one of the best ways to learn and appreciate what came before us. Now get out that map, or type a location into your GPS, and Visit America.


Yellowstone National Park

Battle of the Alamo
Amistad National Recreation Area
Arches National Park
Bears Ears NM
Big Bend
Bryce Canyon
Canyon de Chelly
Capitol Reef
Carlsbad Caverns
Casa Grande
Cedar Breaks
Chickasaw NRA
Colorado National Monument
Craters of the Moon
Curecanti NRA
Dinosaur National Monument
Glacier National Park
Glen Canyon NRA
Grand Canyon
Grand Staircase-Escalante
Grand Teton
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Hoover Dam
Lake Mead
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Mesa Verde
Montezuma Castle
Oklahoma Land Rush
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks NM
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Padre Island
Petrified Forest
Pikes Peak
Rio Grande del Norte NM
Rocky Mountain National Park
Roswell Incident
Saguaro National Park
San Antonio Missions NHS
White Sands
Zion National Park

Pacific Coast

Denali National Park

Barbary Coast/San Francisco
Cabrillo National Monument
California Coastal National Monument
Channel Islands National Park
Crater Lake
Denali National Park
Fort Point NHS
Fort Vancouver
Glacier Bay National Park
Golden Gate NRA
Haleakala National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes
Joshua Tree National Park
Kenai Fjords National Park
Klondike Gold Rush
Lake Roosevelt NRA/Grand Coulee Dam
Lassen Volcanic
Lewis and Clark NHS
Mojave National Preserve
Mount Rainier
Muir Woods
North Cascades National Park
North California Parks
Tule Lake, Lava Beds, Modoc National Forest

Olympic National Park
Oregon Trail
Pearl Harbor
Pinnacles National Park
Point Reyes National Seashore
Redwood National Park
Sand to Snow National Monument
Santa Monica Mountains
San Francisco Maritime NHP
San Juan Islands
Sequoia and Kings Canyon
Sitka NHP
Sutter's Mill Gold Rush
Whiskeytown NRA

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