World Heritage Sites

World Heritage sites are designated by UNESCO, and are recognized for being of outstanding international importance and therefore as deserving special protection. The first two World Heritage Sites in the United States, Yellowstone and Mesa Verde National Parks, were designated in 1978. Twenty more have been designated since, with the most recent being Poverty Point in Louisiana (2014). They are some of the most beautiful and historically significant places on Earth.

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Cahokia Mounds
Illinois
2,200 acres
Designated in 1982

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
New Mexico
46,766 acres
Designated in 1995

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park
New Mexico
33,977 acres
Designated in 1987

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Everglades National Park
Florida
1,508,538 acres
Designated in 1979

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Glacier National Park
Montana
1,013,322 acres
Designated in 1995

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Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona
1,217,262 acres
Designated in 1979

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park
North Carolina
522,419 acres
Designated in 1983

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii
323,431 acres
Designated in 1987

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Independence Hall
Pennsylvania
Designated in 1979

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La Fortaleza and San Juan Island National Historic Site
Puerto Rico
Designated 1983

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Mammoth Cave National Park
Kentucky
52,830 acres
Designated in 1981

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Mesa Verde National Park
Colorado
52,485 acres
Designated in 1978

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Monticello and the University of Virginia
Virginia
Designated in 1987

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Olympic National Park
Washington
922,650 acres
Designated in 1981

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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Hawaii
140,000 square miles
Designated in 2010

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Poverty Point
Louisiana
910 acres
Designated in 2014

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Redwood National and State Parks
California
112,618 acres
Designated in 1980

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Statue of Liberty
New York
Designated in 1984

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Taos Pueblo
New Mexico
Designated in 1992

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Alaska
13,175,799 acres
Designated in 1979

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Yellowstone National Park
Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
2,219,791 acres
Designated in 1978

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Yosemite National Park
California
747,956 acres
Designated in 1984

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