So you know the entire America? I don’t think so. Let us take you to the existing World Heritage Sites in the United States, which include ten cultural, one mixed, and twelve natural Heritage Sites, that’s a total of 23.
Located in Montezuma County, Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978. The site contains some cliff dwellings constructed by the ancient Pueblo peoples between the 6th and 12th centuries at an altitude greater than 8,500 ft.
Located in Park & Teton counties, Wyoming; Gallatin & Park counties, Montana; Fremont County, Idaho, the Yellowstone National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978. The park consists of almost 9,000 square km of natural forest, half of the world’s geothermal features and the world’s largest concentration – over 300 geysers. Also, nearly 150 species of fossil plants have been discovered within the park.
Located in Valdez-Cordova Census Area, Southeast Fairbanks Census Area and Hoonah–Angoon Census Area, this joint United States–Canada heritage site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. It contains the world’s largest non-polar ice field and some of the world’s longest glaciers.
Located in Coconino and Mohave counties, Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. The park presents its main attraction, the Grand Canyon, a gorge of the Colorado River, 446 km long, 29 km wide and a depth of over 1,800 meters.
Located in Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Collier counties, Florida, the Everglades National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. It is the largest tropical wilderness reserve in North America and contains a variety of wetlands and tropical hammocks and rainforests. It has become the host of a large number of birds, reptiles, invasive, introduced, and threatened, protected or naturalized species.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Independence Hall was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1979. The hall was designed by Andrew Hamilton and completed in 1753. It used to be the colonial assembly of the Province of Pennsylvania at that time. It was the site where the famous Declaration of Independence (1776) and the United States Constitution (1787) was signed in.
Located in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, California, the Redwood National and State Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1980. The park is situated along the coast of northern California and is covered with coast redwood trees, the tallest and one of the most massive tree species in the world.
Located in Edmonson, Hart, and Barren counties, Kentucky, the Mammoth Cave National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. With over 630 km of passageways, the Mammoth Cave is known as the longest cave system in the world. The cave system is also a home to more than 130 species.
Located in Jefferson, Clallam, Mason, and Grays Harbor counties, Washington, the Olympic National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. It contains a diversity of ecosystems, temperate rainforests, and varied topography ranging from the Pacific coastline to alpine areas.
Located in St. Clair County, Illinois, Cahokia was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982. Cahokia was the largest and most influential urban settlement in the Mississippian culture which developed advanced societies across Southeastern United States. The site covered nearly 4,000 acres and included about 120 mounds.
Located in Swain & Haywood counties in North Carolina; Sevier, Blount, & Cocke counties in Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983. The site is one of the world’s largest remaining remnants of Arcto-Tertiary Geoflora era, containing over 3,500 plant species, numerous animal species and a variety of salamanders.
Located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this historic site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1983. As a living example of European military architecture, the site was built between the 15th and 19th centuries to defend the harbor of San Juan.
Located in New York City, New York, the Statue of Liberty was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984. It was a gift to the United States of America from the people of France. It has since become an icon of freedom and of the United States. The statue was designed by Frédéric Bartholdi.
Located in Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties, California, the park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1984. It contains a diverse landscape of spectacular waterfalls, clear streams, granite cliffs and Giant Sequoia groves. The park was formed as a result of periodic glacial erosion of granitic bedrock over 10 million years.
Located in San Juan and McKinley counties, New Mexico, this historical park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987. The site was a major center of culture for the Ancient Pueblo Peoples as it preserves one of the most significant pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas.
Located in Hawaii County, Hawaii, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987. The National Park is home to Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, two of the most active volcanoes on Earth, resulting frequently changing landscape, and rare flora and fauna.
17. Monticello and the University of Virginia
Located in Albemarle County and Charlottesville, Virginia, this heritage site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987. It was built between 1769 and 1809 and designed by Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. The University of Virginia in Charlottesville, included The Rotunda, a half-scale model of the Pantheon in Rome, was inspired by his new ideas of university planning.
18. Taos Pueblo
Located in Taos, New Mexico, Taos Pueblo was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1992. This historical site is an ancient pueblo belonging to a Native American tribe of Pueblo people during the Pre-Columbian era.
Located in Eddy County, New Mexico, this historical park was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995. The park contains over 100 rare and unique limestone caves, including Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave where scientists can study these geological and biological processes in its pristine environment.
Located in Flathead and Glacier counties, Montana, this joint United States–Canada site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995. The site has a unique physiographic setting, distinctive climate, mountain-prairie interface and tri-ocean hydrographical divide.
Located in Honolulu County, Hawaii and Midway Atoll, Hawaii, the marine national monument was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2010. This one of the world’s largest marine protected areas encompasses 140,000 square miles of ocean waters, including ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, supporting over 7,000 species.
Located in West Carroll Parish, Louisiana, this site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014. This vast earthen architecture (over 750,000 cubic meters) was constructed by a foraging society of hunter- gatherers, not a settled agricultural people which transformed this landscape into a remarkable site. This site may be the largest hunter-gatherer settlement on Earth.
Located in San Antonio, Texas, this historical site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2015. The site contains a group of five frontier mission complexes situated along the San Antonio River basin in southern Texas, featuring architectural and archaeological structures, farmlands, residencies, churches and granaries, as well as water distribution systems.
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