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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.


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.


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

As of 2012, there are 21 places in the United States which are on the World Heritage List.

There are 3 sites which are on a tentative list.


Name Image Location Notes
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Monks Mound in July.JPG Illinois cultural site
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Stalagmites Carlsbad Caverns.jpg New Mexico natural site
Chaco Culture Chaco Canyon Chetro Ketl great kiva plaza NPS.jpg New Mexico cultural site
Everglades National Park Everglades.jpg Florida natural site
Grand Canyon National Park Gcnp symmetry.jpg Arizona natural site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Sugarlands-bh1.jpg Tennessee; North Carolina natural site
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Pāhoehoe and Aa flows at Hawaii.jpg Hawaii natural site
Independence Hall Independence Hall.jpg Pennsylvania cultural site
Kluane/Wrangell-St Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek GlacierBay3.jpg Alaska natural site
La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site LaFortaleza SanJuan PuertoRico.jpg Puerto Rico cultural site
Mammoth Cave National Park Mammoth Cave Mammoth Dome.jpg Kentucky natural site
Mesa Verde National Park MesaVerdeNationalParkCliffPalace.jpg Colorado cultural site
Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Monticello 2010-10-29.jpg Virginia cultural site -- Monticello; University of Virginia
Olympic National Park Olympic National Park coast.jpg Washington natural site
Papahānaumokuākea Heterocentrotus mammilatus.jpg Hawaii natural site
Redwood National and State Parks Redwood National Park, fog in the forest.jpg California natural site
Pueblo de Taos NMtrip-05-047.jpg New Mexico cultural site
Statue of Liberty Statue of Liberty 7.jpg New York cultural site
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park St Mary Lake.jpg Montana natural site
Yellowstone National Park YellowstonefallJUN05.JPG Wyoming, Montana, Idaho natural site -- 1st national park in the world; created March 1, 1872
Yosemite National Park 1 yosemite valley tunnel view 2010.JPG California natural site

Tentative list

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

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