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Best West USA National Parks and Heritage Sites to Visit

America's Best History

This is where those great national parks of grand vistas, geysers, and canyons reside. From Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, you have mountains that rise to the sky, petrified forests, and deserts galore. And there's even more than just the natural ready for your camping, hiking, and outdoors fun. Check out the missions in San Antonio not called the Alamo, and go there, too. Go underground at Carlsbad. Go visit these western treasures.


Main Sites

Battle of the Alamo
Alamo


Amistad National Recreation Area
Amistad National Recreation Area


Arches National Park
Arches National Park


Bandelier
Bandelier


Bears Ears National Monument
Bears Ears NM


Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park


Big Thicket National Preserve
Big Thicket National Preserve


Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon


Canyon de Chelly
Canyon de Chelly


Canyonlands
Canyonlands


Capitol Reef
Capitol Reef


Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns


Casa Grande Ruins
Casa Grande Ruins NM


Cedar Breaks National Monument
Cedar Breaks


Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Chickasaw NRA


Colorado National Monument
Colorado National Monument


Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Craters of the Moon NM


Curecanti National Recreation Area
Curecanti


Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument


Featured Sites

San Antonio Missions

For most, when they think of San Antonio, or visit there, they think of the Alamo, its clarion call to remember it, and perhaps that it was one of a number of missions in San Antonio spreading out across the city during New Spain colonization. If they visit the city, the mission at the Alamo, plus the downtown area of Riverwalk, are likely the first two sites they think of to spend the day, night, or afternoon. But just south of the Alamo and the center of the city sits four other missions along the Mission Trail that tell a broader story of the history of San Antonio, all of which form, along with their ranch twenty-three miles away, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

Mesa Verde National Park

If you're looking for a great place to let your mind wander back to a time long ago, 600 A.D. or so, then the spectacular mesas and dwellings of the Ancestral Pueblo people perched on the cliffs of Mesa Verde are a good place to start. With dwellings high in the mountains, many which require a climb up ladders, you can imagine the Indian culture that lasted in the area for seven hundred years, and the situation that the inhabitants of these homes lived in. They built these homes for protection. They built these homes for heritage. They built these Colorado homes using the natural wonders of the region in summer and winter, without the need for a heater and worry about middle eastern oil prices.

More History Stuff

  • Baseball History
  • Baseball history comes to life in stat geek form at Stat Geek Baseball, including their newest book, Baseball's Best @ 150, a countdown of over 8,000 of the best batters, pitchers, and fielders over the first 150 years of Major League Baseball (1871-2020). Plus the best of every team, Yankees to Dodgers and more.