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Located in North America, the United States consists of 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five major territories. Its total land area makes it one of the largest countries in the world. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico.

The first people migrated from Siberia to North America over 12,000 years ago. These Native Americans lived in seclusion from the European and Asian continents until the 16th century. Explorers from Europe began to colonize the eastern coast of North America in the 1500's. Disputes between the English settlers and Great Britain led to the American Revolutionary War in 1775. Great Britain lost the war and the nation gained its independence.

The US began expanding its territoy to the west in the 1800's. Many Native Americans were killed and displaced as new states were added. Slavery was legal in the southern states and its continued use divided the nation. It wasn't until the end of the American Civil War in 1865 that it would be abolished.

The Spanish-American War, World War I, and the outcome of World War II helped propel the United States into the world superpower that it is today. The country is a highly developed nation and one of the largest economies in the world. It ranks highly in quality of life, education, and human rights although inequality related to race, wealth, and income continues to be a problem today.

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16th Street Baptist Church

The First Colored Baptist Church of Birmingham was a rallying point for African Americans during the Civil Rights era.

African Burial Ground National Monument

A historic monument to the over 400 Africans buried nearby in the 17th century.

Alabama State Capitol

Martin Luther King Jr gave an impassioned speech here at the end of the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.


Known as "The Rock", this maximum security prison was used for high profile criminals until 1963.

American Falls

At 110 feet tall, it's the second of the three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls.

Arlington National Cemetery

A United States military cemetery where those that have died in conflicts since the Civil War have been buried.

B. Free Franklin Post Office

Visit the only colonial-themed post office still in operation today by the United States Postal Service.

Betsy Ross House

The home that is believed to be the location where Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.

Biltmore Estate

This grand mansion built in the late 1800's was home to George Washington Vanderbilt II.

Booker T. Washington National Monument

Learn about the life of Booker T. Washington, an educator and presidential adviser born into slavery.

Boston African American National Historic Site

A historic area dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the African American community.

Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site

A historic site commemorating the decision aimed at ending racial segregation in public schools.

Carpenter's Historic Hall

Constructed in 1770, the hall was the location of the First Continental Congress in 1774.

Castillo de San Marcos

Explore the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States.

Central Park

Enjoy the beauty and activities happening at the most visited urban park in the United States.

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

Learn about the life of an escaped slave who became the first African-American colonel in the US army.

Christ Church

From 1754 to 1810, the church's tower and steeple was the tallest structure in what is now the United States.

Christ Church Burial Ground

Visit the resting place of Benjamin Franklin, and his wife, Deborah.

Chrysler Building

Take in the site of this Art Deco skyscraper that was the world's tallest building in 1930.

Colonial National Historical Park

Explore the site of the battle that ended the American Revolutionary War.

Diamond Head

Hike to the top of this dormant volcano rising 760 feet above sea level.

Elfreth's Alley

Wander this historic street with 32 homes dated between 1703 and 1836.

Ellis Island

Once the busiest immigration station in the US, almost 12 million migrants arrived through this port.

Empire State Building

The famous skyscraper was the tallest building in the world from 1930 to 1970.

Federal Hall

It was at this location that George Washington was sworn in as the nation’s first president.

Flatiron Building

This steel framed building shaped like an iron was the tallest in New York city in 1902.

Ford's Theatre

The famous theatre where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.

Fort McHenry

Visit the site of the battle that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what would become the US national anthem.

Fort Pillow State Historic Park

The historic site of the Battle of Fort Pillow and massacre of surrendering African-American troops.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

The site preserves the home of prominent African-American leader Frederick Douglass.

Freemen’s Colony

An island colony of African Americans living as freedmen and civilians after the Civil War.

Gateway Arch

Standing 630-feet tall, it’s the tallest arch in the world.

George Washington Carver National Monument

Visit the home of the most prominent African American scientist of the early 20th century.


A 3-day battle that would become the turning point for the Union’s victory in the Civil War.

Golden Gate Bridge

This iconic "golden" bridge opened in 1937 to connect San Francisco with Marin County.

Granary Burying Ground

John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams are buried here in the 3rd oldest cemetery in Boston.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

Learn about the life of “Moses” a former slave that helped others escape to freedom in the North.

Hoover Dam

This huge dam on the Colorado River provides power to Arizona, California, and Nevada.

Independence Hall

The location of both the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.

Juliette Gordon Low House

The childhood home of the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low.

Liberty Bell

The famous cracked bell symbolizing American independence

Library of Congress

The national library of the United States and the research library for Congress.

Mission San Diego de Alcala

Founded in 1769, it was the first of twenty one missions to be started in California.

Mount Rushmore

Four massive sculptures carved of President’s Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.

Mount Vernon

The estate of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

Nicodemus National Historic Site

Founded in 1877, the historic site preserves the once bustling African American town.

Old North Bridge

Visit the location where the first shots were fired starting the American Revolution in 1775.

Old North Church

The oldest standing church in Boston, it was used to warn the colonists of the British Army.

Old South Meeting House

This 1729 meeting house was used to debate the rules and regulations passed by British Parliament.

Old State House

The Declaration of Independence was read here on July 18, 1776.

One World Trade Center

Visit the tallest building in the US that’s part of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex.

Park Street Church

Built in 1809, it was the tallest building in the United States until 1828.

Pearl Harbor

A December 7, 1941 surprise attack on the harbor by Japan would force the United States to enter World War II.

Pike Place Market

One of the oldest continuously operated public farmer’s markets in the U.S.

Plymouth Rock

Visit the area where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World.

President's House

Home to George Washington and John Adams during their presidencies.

September 11th Memorial

A memorial to those killed in the 9/11 attacks and World Trade Center bombing in 1993.

Space Needle

Built for the 1962 World’s Fair, 650 foot tall building provides 360 degree views of Seattle.

St. Louis Cathedral

One of the oldest churches in the US, it is dedicated to King Louis IX of France.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

This Neo Gothic Roman Catholic Cathedral dates back to 1858.

Statue of Liberty

A symbol of freedom, and a welcoming beacon to immigrants arriving to America in the early 1900’s.

Temple Mickve Israel

Constructed in 1876, it is home of the third oldest Jewish congregation in the United States.

The Alamo

Learn about the 13 day Battle of the Alamo between Mexican troops and Texans in 1836.

The Battle of Bunker Hill

A famous battle during the American Revolutionary War in June of 1775.

The Boston Tea Party

Protesting taxes, the Sons of Liberty threw 342 chests of tea into Boston Harbor.

The Lincoln Memorial

A memorial built to honor President Abraham Lincoln.

The Paul Revere House

Home to the famous silversmith and Midnight Rider who warned citizens that the British were coming.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial

A memorial built to honor Thomas Jefferson and the Founding Fathers of the United States.

Time Square

Surrounded by billboards and brightly lit advertisements this commercial intersection is a favorite for tourists.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Visit Moton Field where the Army Air Corps trained the first African American airmen to fly and maintain combat aircraft.

USS Constitution

The oldest warship on the water today, the ship was built in 1797 to help fight against pirates.

United States Capitol

The meeting place for the Unites States Congress and the Senate.

Waimea Canyon State Park

A 10-mile, 3,600 foot deep canyon often called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific."

Walden Pond

The site where Henry David Thoreau was inspired to write his famous work, Walden; or, Life In the Woods.

Washington Monument

Completed in 1884, the 554-foot tall obelisk is a memorial to former general and president, George Washington.

Washington National Cathedral

The second largest church in the US, it has witnessed 3 presidential funerals.

Washington Square Park

Located in Lower Manhattan, it’s one of the best known parks in New York City.

White House

The home and office of the President of the United States.

Willis Tower

From 1974 to 1998, it was the tallest building in the world at 1,450 feet.

Wright Brothers Memorial

It was here that the Wright Brothers first took flight back in 1903.

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Acadia National Park

The first national park east of the Mississippi River and the only one in the northeastern United States.

Arches National Park

Enjoy the beauty of these unique sandstone arches.

Badlands National Park

Originally a reservation for the Oglala Sioux Indians, the park now protects their prior territory.

Big Bend National Park

Bordering Mexico, the park is named after a large bend in the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo river.

Biscayne National Park

95% water, the park preserves offshore reefs and the delicate ecosystem that relies upon it.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Parts of this steep, dark, narrow canyon only receive 33 minutes of daylight per day.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Explore the colorful rock structures called hoodoos formed from weathering and erosion.

Canyonlands National Park

A magical place of mesas, canyons, and buttes carved by the Colorado and Green rivers.

Capitol Reef National Park

Enjoy the colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths that reside in the park's desert landscape.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Explore the underground caves that take you to the "Big Room", the largest chamber in North America.

Channel Islands National Park

A series of islands off the coast of California with human activity dating back to over 37,000 years ago.

Congaree National Park

The park preserves the largest area of old growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

Crater Lake National Park

The 1,949-foot deep lake sits in the remains of the Mount Mazama volcano.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The park protects the Cuyahoga River area in Northeast Ohio.

Death Valley National Park

A harsh desert environment that is the hottest, driest, and lowest of all the national parks.

Denali National Park

The park is centered on Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Accessible only by seaplane or boat, this isolated park preserves Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas islands.

Everglades National Park

A network of wetlands and forests making up the largest tropical wilderness in the United States.

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Slightly larger than Belgium, this expansive park is located completely north the Arctic Circle.

Gateway Arch National Park

A 630-foot tall arch stands above this park that commemorates the Louisiana Purchase and the Dred Scott case.

Glacier Bay National Park

The park preserves over 3 million acres of Southeast Alaska.

Glacier National Park

The park was formed by massive glaciers millions of years ago.

Grand Canyon

Carved by the Colorado River, the canyon is over a mile deep and up to 18 miles wide.

Grand Teton National Park

The park was named after the tallest mountain in the Teton Range.

Great Basin National Park

The park features the Lehman Caves, groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and the 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak.

Great Sand Dunes National Park

Sandboard or sled the largest sand dunes in North America.

Great Smoky Mountains

The Appalachian Trail passes through the center of the park on its path from Georgia to Maine.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

The park includes the highest peak in Texas and the Butterfield Overland Mail stagecoach line.

Haleakalā National Park

The now dormant volcano is popular destination for beautiful sunrises.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Take in the dramatic volcanic landscape of two active volcanoes.

Hot Springs National Park

Protected since 1832, these popular hot springs flow from nearby Hot Springs Mountain.

Indiana Dunes National Park

This lake front park protects the dune ridges along Lake Michigan.

Isle Royale National Park

Established in 1940, the park protects Isle Royale, the 4th largest lake island in the world.

Joshua Tree National Park

View the unique Joshua trees native to the Mojave Desert.

Katmai National Park

Named after Mount Katmai, a major eruption in 1912 created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

Kenai Fjords National Park

Named for its numerous fjords carved by glaciers over thousands of years.

Kings Canyon National Park

Home to 14,000 foot peaks, high mountain meadows, and some of the largest trees in the world.

Kobuk Valley National Park

Sitting 25 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the park preserves the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes.

Lake Clark National Park

This remote park is only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

All four types of volcano can be found here including the largest plug dome volcano in the world.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Explore the beauty of the world's longest known cave system.

Mesa Verde National Park

The park preserves the largest cliff dwellings in North America.

Mount Rainier National Park

The park preserves the area in and around Mt Rainier, a 14,411-foot stratovolcano.

National Park of American Samoa

The only US National Park located south of the equator.

New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

A scenic, deep river gorge carved in the Appalachian Mountains.

North Cascades National Park

This rugged mountain region has the most expansive glacial system in the contiguous United States.

Olympic National Park

The park cover everything from rugged ocean coastlines to forests to wildflower meadows.

Petrified Forest National Park

View this park's large deposits of petrified wood, pueblos, and colorful badlands.

Pinnacles National Park

See eroded rock formations leftover from an extinct volcano.

Redwood National Park

Take in the beauty of the towering redwood trees that live for over 1000 years and soar to over 300 feet tall.

Rocky Mountain National Park

The Continental Divide runs directly through the center of this mountainous park.

Saguaro National Park

The Sonoran Desert landscape provides for a unique opportunity to see giant saguaro cacti.

Sequoia National Park

View the giant sequoia trees including the General Sherman tree, the largest on earth.

Shenandoah National Park

A long, narrow park located in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The only US national park to be named after a single person.

Virgin Islands National Park

Scuba dive and snorkel with sea turtles or enjoy a hike through the parks tropical rainforest.

Voyageurs National Park

Enjoy a day on the water at this park that is mostly only accessible by boat.

White Sands National Park

Explore the white sand dunes composed of gypsum crystals, the largest gypsum dunefield on Earth.

Wind Cave National Park

Known for its calcite formations called boxwork, it's the first cave in the world to be designated a national park.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

The largest of the 63 US National Parks, tall mountain peaks, volcanoes, ice fields and glaciers make up this remote terrain.

Yellowstone National Park

Experience the wildlife and geothermal features of the first national park in the world.

Yosemite National Park

Enjoy the beauty of the granite cliffs, rushing waterfalls, and crystal clear lakes.

Zion National Park

Enjoy the spectacular reddish and tan-colored walls of the canyon eroded by the Virgin River.