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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.

Atlanta and Beyond - A Peach of a Trip

Chattahoochee National Forest (Matt Koehnemann, Share the Experience)Georgia's unique landscape is rich with recreation opportunities, history and spectacular scenery. Known as the "Peach State" for its long-standing tradition for producing the juicy fruit, Georgia is also well-known for its pristine streams and rivers, lush forests, winding trails and waterfalls, and beautiful lakes offer inviting destinations for all. Enjoy the southern hospitality of Atlanta!

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.

Illinois Route 66 Road Trip from Chicago

Chicago SkylineWhen you are ready to embark on a road trip along the famous and historic Route 66 through Illinois, you may be surprised at the scenic adventures and historic attractions that await you in this beautiful state.

Destination Colorado

Destination ColoradoTravelers 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.

Road Trippin’ in Northwest Colorado

Road Trippin’ in Northwest ColoradoThis road trip from Denver to Steamboat Springs spans the range from city-scapes to rugged mountains to picturesque lakes across northwest Colorado. The scenery will astound you, the opportunity for adventure will excite you, and the serene lakes will enchant you.

Destination Dallas and Beyond

Within about a 2-hour drive of downtown Texas you’ll uncover places to camp, national wildlife refuges to explore and fun trying vast recreational activities like fishing, water sports, boating, wildlife watching and more. You can even stay in a historic hotel and experience a bit of Texas history.

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 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 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.

Los Angeles to San Francisco Road Trip

Los Angeles to San Francisco Road Trip The best way to enjoy this road trip is to take your time and enjoy the views. From Los Angeles to San Francisco there are many historic and coastal destinations to make this an adventure to remember.

Miami Excursions

Miami Excursions Begin your trip in and around Miami's captivating communities, exploring quaint neighborhoods and trendy shopping districts. Venture off to nearby Miami Beach, on barrier islands across the turquoise waters of Biscayne Bay and home to glamorous South Beach, famed for its colorful art deco buildings, surfside hotels and trendsetting nightclubs. Beyond Miami, get to know the landscapes and wildlife unique to the area. Looking for peaceful settings without all the fanfare? Miami is a great starting point for adventures within a day’s drive.

New Orleans Roundabout

New Orleans Roundabout Steeped in history and rich in culture, New Orleans offers a diverse experience, from the elegant French Quarter to outdoor adventure found in these southern swamps. Let us guide you through the city to learn about the Battle of New Orleans, soak in the sweet sound of jazz and delight in authentic, local cuisine. Next, we're off to the countryside.

Destination New York City

Destination New York CityNew 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.

Phoenix: A Great Western Journey

Phoenix: A Great Western JourneyTravel north from Phoenix, Arizona, step into the great Navajo Nation, and stretch just across the southern Utah border. The majesty and variety of these cultural and scenic destinations will take your breath away. You’ll never forget this exploration of the west.

Portland’s Coast Range

Things to Do and Places to See near Portland’s Coast RangeAn eclectic city known for its excellent food and bike-friendly community, Portland, Oregon, is surrounded by lush forests and bordered by the Pacific Ocean. Rich in history, Portland is a beacon for those interested in the area's Native American heritage and cultures. Everywhere you look, green is the color of choice (forests, wetlands, vineyards!) with a landscape of rivers, streams and the ocean providing a haven for birds and supporting a diverse wildlife population. Welcome to Portland.

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.

Seattle West Road Trip

Seattle West Road Trip Experience the varied landscapes of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. West of Seattle is the dramatic Pacific coastline, punctuated by haystack rock formations, a historic lighthouse and an abundance of marine wildlife. Inland, the Pacific Northwest's rainforests, waterfalls and diverse populations of migratory birds offer an adventure around every turn. Finish the journey to the northwest by discovering the natural and cultural history of the area's Native American tribes.

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.

Explore Magnificent Southwest Utah

UtahAs you travel southwest from Salt Lake City along the I-15 corridor, the Utah landscape unfolds to reveal lush forests, sweeping vistas, brilliant red rock formations all with recreation opportunities that beckon the adventure and scenery seekers.

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.

Visit Washington DC – National Capital Region

Shenandoah National ParkYou already know about the famous monuments and museums. You may not have heard about the cultural heritage, the sprawling urban parks and the many options for outdoor recreation in and around the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC.