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List of World Heritage Sites in the United States

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The List of World Heritage Sites in the United States is a group of places chosen by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

History[change | change source]

UNESCO was created for the "conservation and protection of the world’s inheritance of books, works of art and monuments of history and science". The constitution of UNESCO was ratified in 1946 by 26 countries, including the United States.[1]

List[change | change source]

The World Heritage Sites list has developed over time. It is part of a process; and the list continues to grow.

As of 2020, there are 24 places in the United States which are on the World Heritage List.[2]

Table[change | change source]

Name Image Location Notes
The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright[3] Arizona, California, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin cultural site
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site[4] Illinois cultural site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park[5] New Mexico natural site
Chaco Culture[6] New Mexico cultural site
Everglades National Park[7] Florida natural site
Grand Canyon National Park[8] Arizona natural site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park[9] Tennessee; North Carolina natural site
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park[10] Hawaii natural site
Independence Hall[11] Pennsylvania cultural site
Kluane/Wrangell-St Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek[12] Alaska natural site
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site[13] Puerto Rico cultural site
Mammoth Cave National Park[14] Kentucky natural site
Mesa Verde National Park[15] Colorado cultural site
Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville[16] Virginia cultural site -- Monticello; University of Virginia
Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point[17] Louisiana cultural site
Olympic National Park[18] Washington natural site
Papahānaumokuākea[19] Hawaii mixed site
Redwood National and State Parks[20] California natural site
San Antonio Missions[21] Texas cultural site
Pueblo de Taos[22] New Mexico cultural site
Statue of Liberty[23] New York cultural site
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park[24] Montana natural site
Yellowstone National Park[25] Wyoming, Montana, Idaho natural site -- 1st national park in the world; created March 1, 1872
Yosemite National Park[26] California natural site

Tentative list[change | change source]

The Tentative List consists of sites which have been nominated. The evaluation process is not yet completed.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "UNESCO Constitution"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 UNESCO, "United States"; retrieved 2020-7-11.
  3. UNESCO "The 20th-Century Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright"; retrieved 2020-7-11.
  4. UNESCO, "Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  5. UNESCO, "Carlsbad Caverns National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  6. UNESCO, "Chaco Culture"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  7. UNESCO, "Everglades National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  8. UNESCO, "Grand Canyon National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  9. UNESCO, "Great Smoky Mountains National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  10. UNESCO, "Hawaii Volcanoes National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  11. UNESCO, "Independence Hall"; GlobalMountainSummit.org, Independence Hall Archived 2017-02-05 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  12. UNESCO, "Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  13. UNESCO, "La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  14. UNESCO, "Mammoth Cave National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  15. UNESCO, "Mesa Verde National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  16. UNESCO, "Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  17. UNESCO, "Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point"; retrieved 2020-7-11.
  18. UNESCO, "Olympic National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  19. UNESCO, "Papahānaumokuākea"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  20. UNESCO, "Redwood National and State Parks"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  21. UNESCO, "San Antonio Missions"; retrieved 2020-7-11.
  22. UNESCO, "Pueblo de Taos"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  23. UNESCO, "Statue of Liberty"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  24. UNESCO, "Waterton Glacier International Peace Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  25. UNESCO, "Yellowstone National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.
  26. UNESCO, "Yosemite National Park"; retrieved 2012-4-18.

Other websites[change | change source]

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