Every UNESCO World Heritage Historical Site in the USA

Old Faithful Geyser Eruption in Yellowstone National Park at Sunset

Every UNESCO World Heritage Historical Site in the USA

With over 194 member states, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) focuses heavily on world peace. Its emphasis is to look at different ways to utilize topics like education, arts, sciences, and culture to create a conversation among nations.

As part of its efforts, UNESCO has also established World Heritage Sites. These locations are of cultural and natural importance to their home country. Of the 1,999 sites, there are 25 located inside the United States.

Mesa Verde National Park

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There is something magical about building homes into the cliff of a large rock formation.

Occupied by the ancient Pueblo people between the 6th and 12th centuries, homes built into the cliffs and faces of the rock have been recognized by UNESCO. A total of around 100 rooms can still be visited by tourists climbing on ladders.

Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is considered to be the world’s first national park.

The first national park, Yellowstone National Park covers over 3,500 square miles. Yellowstone has the largest concentration of geysers in the world, containing half of the world’s known geothermal activity. The park is also known for its diverse wildlife including wolves, bears, and bison.

Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay

Alaska cruise travel Glacier Bay vacation. Whale watching tour concept for USA holiday destination.
Glacier Bay is home to incredible wildlife and jaw-dropping scenery.

A total of four national parks create one large Unesco World Heritage Site. Spanning multiple glaciers and peaks, the area extends into Alaska as well as the Yukon Territory of Canada. The area is popular for spotting endangered caribou, bears, and wolves.

Grand Canyon National Park

Sunset moment at Horseshoe bend Grand Canyon National Park. Colorado River. famous view point.
There is something magical about Grand Canyon National Park.

Up to 4,920 feet deep at times, Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most popular tourist locations in the U.S. Carved out by the Colorado River, the area is so big you could fit the entire state of Rhode Island into the park.

Everglades National Park

Overhead view of Everglades swamp with green vegetation between water inlets. Natural habitat of many tropical species in Florida wetlands
The Everglades National Park is both beautiful and dangerous.

In an area of vast wetland in southern Florida, Everglades National Park, there are several endangered animals including the manatee. UNESCO considers the Everglades one of the largest subtropical wilderness sites in North America.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall at Independence Mall in Philadelphia - Pennsylvania, United States
The birth of the U.S. happened inside Independence Hall.

Home to the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Independence Hall in Philadelphia is a popular UNESCO site. There is little doubt this is one of the most important buildings in American history.

Redwood National and State Parks

Path Through the Forest, Redwoods National & State Parks, California
The trees in Redwood National Park are the largest in the world.

Spread over the coast of Northern California, the Redwood Forest area is home to some of the tallest trees on Earth. With the trees dating back over 160 million years, the area is also home to a diverse set of animals and plants.

Mammoth Cave National Park

stalagmite and stalactite with color light in the cave
It’s impossible not to be amazed when inside Mammoth Cave National Park.

The longest cave system in the world, there are over 426 miles of networking caves and passageways. The park is home to more than 130 species, including a variety of different flora and fauna.

Olympic National Park

Morning hike viewing mountains and colorful forest along Hurricane Hill Trail | Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA
There are beautiful views when you wander through Olympic National Park.

Located in Washington, Olympic National Park is highly regarded for the diversity of its ecosystem. If you visit this area, you can find unique animals like the northern spotted owl, bull trout, and marbled murrelet.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park

Archeological structure at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, location of a pre-Columbian Native American city in Illinois directly across the Mississippi River from modern St. Louis, Missouri
The history of Cahokia Mounds is one well worth celebrating.

Situated northeast of St Louis, Missouri, UNESCO says the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. Discoveries include designated areas for ceremonies, residences, and government.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA overlooking the Newfound Pass in autumn.
Visiting the Great Smoky Mountains gives you a postcard view in every direction.

Home to more than 3,500 different plant and animal species is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. More than 200,000 hectares (one hectare equals 2.4 acres) stretch between Tennessee and North Carolina.

La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site

San Juan, Puerto Rico - March 26, 2024: La Fortaleza, a monumental fortification incorporating residence of the island's governor, dating from 16th-century in the old town of San Juan, Puerto Rico
There is a lot of history inside this San Juan National Historic Site.

Built into the bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico, UNESCO declared this 16th-century fortress a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort was built to help the Europeans protect the city of San Juan against any pirates and other invaders.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty over the Scene of New york cityscape river side which location is lower manhattan,Architecture and building with tourist concept
The Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognized symbols in the U.S.

Donated to the U.S. in 1886 by France, the Statue of Liberty was presented to celebrate a century of American independence. The Statue of Liberty has also long been a symbol of welcoming immigrants to America.

Yosemite National Park

Scenic panoramic view of famous Yosemite Valley with El Capitan rock climbing summit and idyllic Merced river on a beautiful sunny day with blue sky in summer, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
There are so many breathtaking areas of Yosemite National Park.

Stretching more than 30,000 hectares, Yosemite National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located in California, numerous waterfalls, lakes, valleys, and meadows attract millions of visitors every year.

Chaco Culture

Kiva Ruins at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Culture National Historical Park
It’s amazing to see what the Chaco Culture built over 2,000 years ago.

For over 2,000 years, the Pueblo people occupied much of the southwest of the United States. Chaco Canyon was home to Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250 and was a focal point for ceremonies and trade with other tribes.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

View of the caldera of the Kilauea volcano, the most active of the five volcanoes that form Hawaii island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, USA
While dangerous, seeing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is jaw-dropping.

Designated a World Heritage site in 1987 is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Home to both Mauna Loa and Kilauea, previous volcanic eruptions have created a beautiful landscape that is constantly changing.

Monticello and the University of Virginia

Aerial view of the famous Rotunda building of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville with classic Greek arches design by President Jefferson iconic building of the campus
The University of Virginia is a testament to the brilliant mind of Thomas Jefferson.

Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, Monticello was originally the plantation home of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Built between the 18th and 19th centuries, this site was designated as a UNESCO site in 1987 due to Jefferson’s architectural design choice.

Taos Pueblo

Visit Taos Pueblo and learn all about the incredible Pueblo culture.

Still an active Native American location, Taos Pueblo was designed by UNESCO in 1992. Situated in the heart of the Rio Grande, there is a mix of both dwellings and ceremonial buildings representing Pueblo culture.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park in USA, New Mexico
There is so much to learn and see inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

A spread of more than 80 different caves, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is beloved for its incredible mineral formations. Because of the pristine cleanliness of the area, Carlsbad has been used for geological and biological studies.


Endangered green sea turtles rest on the white sand beaches of Kure Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
Come to Papahānaumokuākea and stay to grab pictures of all the wildlife.

Better known as an island cluster in Hawaii, Papahānaumokuākea is an area of extreme protection for marine life. Between the coral reefs, dolphins, and sea turtles, there are also archeological remains from pre-European settlements.

Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point

Poverty Point World Heritage Site in Louisiana is a prehistoric monumental earthworks site constructed by the Poverty Point culture. Boardwalk stairs climbing the largest earthen mound - Mound A.
It’s hard to believe this area in Poverty Point is over 3,500 years old.

Close to the Mississippi River, the Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point was built around 3,500 years ago. It’s believed the area was used for both residential and ceremonial purposes by the hunter-fisher-gathers who lived on the site thousands of years ago.

San Antonio Missions

San Antonio Mission San José old spanish historical architecture building and green lush plants
The San Antonio Missions are one of the best places to visit in Texas.

Designated a UNESCO site in 2015, the San Antonio Missions are a beautiful place to visit. A set of five frontier complexes located along the San Antonio River, these buildings were established by 18th-century Franciscan missionaries.

The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House in Autumn
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of the best architects of the 20th century.

Consisting of eight different buildings, the 20th Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright spreads across Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and New York. Wright is one of the most famous architects of all time with his unique ability to shape concrete and steel.

Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks

Hopewell Culture National Historical Park with earthworks and burial mounds from indigenous peoples who flourished from about 200 BC to AD 500. Mound City group in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Hopewell is the most recent addition to U.S. UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Established as a World Heritage Site in 2023, the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are gorgeous. A mix of eight different monumental earthen-enclosed complexes that are at least 1,600 years old. It’s believed this area is a strong representation of the Indigenous population and was a location used for trade.

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Waterton-Glacier international peace park
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park has glacial, alpine, and forest features.

Established in 1932, the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is a combination of Canadian and American national parks. The world’s first International Peace Park, the area is filled with plant, tree, and animal species.

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