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Plan trips to public lands and historical sites at popular destinations across America.

Destination U.S.A. Discover Our Shared Heritage

HeritageThe National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series features historic destinations throughout the nation to visit in person or online or to help plan your next trip. Each itinerary is a self-guided tour to historic places, most of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Spotlighting different communities, geographic regions and themes across the country, the travel itineraries include a rich variety of places significant in American history, architecture, archaeology engineering, and culture.

Destination Arizona

AtlantaArizona—the Grand Canyon State—is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Beyond the iconic Grand Canyon, experiences await you in every direction and in every corner of the state.

Destination Atlanta

AtlantaBlessed with a mild climate, the Blue Ridge Mountains and a robust cultural history, Atlanta is the gateway to a wealth of recreation opportunities. Atlanta is the top cultural center of the Southeast and attracts more than 17 million travelers each year. Let us guide you on your journey.

Destination Chicago

ChicagoChicago boasts acclaimed restaurants, abundant shopping, historic sites, and attracts visitors from around the world. Beyond the Magnificent Mile, River North, the Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, Millennium Park, and all that the city has to offer, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor destinations in as little as one hour from the windy city.

Destination Colorado

Denver Travelers know Denver as the first stop on a trip to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, and a great place for all things outdoors. Colorado is also home to a fascinating history, including bygone mining towns and colorful characters such as Chief Ouray, Buffalo Bill and Molly Brown.

Destination Las Vegas

Joshua Tree Photo by Bruce Michels It’s well known that Las Vegas is one of the world’s entertainment meccas. It’s also the gateway to stunningly beautiful public lands— including the world’s largest canyon, the lowest and hottest spot in the United States, the largest national wildlife refuge and national forest in the lower 48 states.

Destination Dallas/Fort Worth

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes Texas’ top visitor and leisure destination! Whether you crave world class food and arts or the Wild West, you’ll find it all in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

Destination Hawaii

The Hawaiian Islands are a wondrous destination with many places to explore. The Hawaiian archipelago includes hundreds of islands spread across the Pacific Ocean with eight “main” islands; six of these are well-known travel destinations.

Destination Los Angeles

Did you know there is a world of diverse landscapes, cultural riches, and quiet beauty in just a few hours’ drive? Spend a morning in the city and escape for an afternoon into coastal environs, or head into the solitude of a forest—even sleep overnight in the cool mountain air.

Destination Miami

Dry Tortugas Miami is world-renowned for its spectacular beaches,outrageous shopping, and decadent nightlife. But did you know Miami and its environs are also home to fascinating cultural, natural, historic, and recreational sites? The trip may start in Miami, but the discovery begins on America’s public lands.

Destination New York City

New YorkNew York City is more than just a city, it’s an experience! People travel to the “Big Apple” from all over the world to take in the sights and sounds that are as American as, well, apple pie. From memorials to museums, from parks to plazas, NYC has it all, and with over 47 million visitors a year, the world comes to see it. Let us be your guide to some of the best known sites in the city and convince you to stay a few more days to enjoy some of the lesser known, as we take you throughout New York City and beyond.

Destination San Francisco

Whale Watching Did you know that the people who call the San Francisco Bay Area home love it because it is so close to fascinating cultural, natural, historic, and recreational sites? Whichever way you go, the trip may start by the Bay, but the discovery begins on America's public lands.

Destination Seattle

Seattle The Emerald City’s mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers offer a wealth of recreation possibilities. Within a few hours’ drive, Seattle’s backyard is teaming with diverse landscapes and quiet beauty. Here’s a guide to great destinations in and around the Gateway to the Pacific Northwest.

Destination Space Coast

Space Coast The countdown is on! Not the usual countdown that frequents this Florida destination, but the countdown of the many places to visit in the surrounding area. From the arts to the outdoors and even space travel, this region has it all and the launch begins on America's public lands.

Destination National Capital Region and Chesapeake Bay

MLK Memorial Everyone is familiar with Washington, DC's historical treasures. The Washington Monument, Capital Building and White House are all iconic images of not only the city but the entire United States. However, that is far from all the Capital Area offers visitors. Discover some of the surrounding beauty that resides in America's public lands.