Sand dunes at Padre Island National Seashore; Blockhouse at Fort Larned National Historic Site, Hopewell Mounds from the Mound City Group, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.
Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
Places Reflecting America's Diverse Cultures
Explore their Stories in the National Park System


Introduction

The National Park Service and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers invite you to learn about the many diverse peoples who have played a role in American history by visiting the units of our National Park System that preserve and tell their stories. The Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary features more than 150 exciting destinations to explore in the National Park System, most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, which the National Park Service expands and maintains on behalf of the nation.

The Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary offers several ways to discover and experience the historic places that bring alive the stories of people from all over the world who have come together to create and shape the history of the United States of America, the most culturally diverse nation on earth.

Descriptions of each featured unit of the National Park System on the List of Sites highlight their significance, photographs and other illustrations, and information on how to visit.

Essays on the many different peoples who have settled the nation, conflicts they faced, and the role of the National Park Service in preserving and telling their stories provide background for understanding the culturally diverse history of the United States and the historic places featured in the itinerary.

Maps to help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to historic places to visit.

• A Learn More section provides links to websites of featured units of the National Park System and tourism websites with information on cultural events and activities, other things to see and do, and dining and lodging possibilities. This section also provides a bibliography.

View the itinerary online or print it as a guide if you plan to visit in person. The Places Reflecting America’s Diverse Cultures Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary, the 53rd in this ongoing series, is part of the Department of the Interior, National Park Service’s strategy to promote public awareness of history and encourage visits to historic places throughout the nation. The itineraries are created by a partnership of the National Park Service, the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, and Federal, State, and local governments and private organizations in communities, regions, and heritage areas throughout the United States. The itineraries help people everywhere learn about and plan trips to visit the amazing diversity of this country’s historic places that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service and its partners hope you enjoy this itinerary and others in the series. If you have any comments or questions, please just click on “Comments or Questions” at the bottom of each page.

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