UNESCO World Heritages Sites in the United States
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UNESCO World Heritages Sites in the United States Reviews
Natural World Heritages Sites in the United States Aug 17, 2010
When you travel, do you travel with a focus on something particular? I imagine so. Does the focus include learning? what knowledge? Cultural, educatinal, scientific, social or just to check of a list of things done/ countries visited? I highly recommend visiting some of the World Heritage sites around the world. This review is particularly on the UNESCO designated Natural Sites here in the United States.
UNESCO is a specialized branch of the United Nations entrusted with encouraging, among others, international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritages. By the end of 2009 the list of World Heritages both cultural, natural and mixed totaled 890. Of the eight hundred and ninety sites, 689 were cultural, 176 natural, and 25 mixed properties located in 148 countries worldwide.
In the United States alone, there are a total of 21 sites majority of which are natural. To be designated a World Heritage site, a property, city, lake, mountain, river, monument, building etc has to meet certain criteria. It has to be of Cultural or Natural significance to humanity. Once designated so, the site is then preserved and protected under the rules and regulations laid out for Heritages Sites.
Here is a list of the Natural World Heritages sites in the United States:
1. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (1995)
2. Everglades National Park (1979)
3. Grand Canyon National Park (1979)
4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park (1983)
5. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1987)
6. Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek
7. Mammoth Cave National Park
8. Olympic National Park
9. Redwood National and State Parks
10. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
11. Yellowstone National Park
12. Yosemite National Park
Carlsbad Cavern National Park: Inside the giant caves are outstanding mineral formations. Within the park lie over 100 limestone formation of which Lechuguilla cave stands out.
Yosemite National Park in California has amazing hanging valleys, cirque lakes and many water falls that draw thousands of visitors each year. For the avid hiker, it provides the most breath-taking views.
Yellowstone National Forest in Wyoming has the world's largest geothermal features and the largest geysers concentration. Besides the geysers there are numerous wildlife some of which are limited to this forest along. Travel here offers an opportunity to view bisons, grizzly bears, wolves and Wapitis.
Everglades National Park in Florida offers the river of grass: the variety of water habitats has made it the world's larger sanctuaries for large birds, reptiles and the manatee endangered species.
In Arizona, the Grand Canyon draws millions each year to see the phenomena that is a hole in the ground. Carved by the Colorado river millions of years ago, it is significant to humanity because it traces humanities adaption to much harsher environments.
From any major airport in the United States, these sites can be visited over a 3 day weekend: Friday – Sunday. I have only visited a few, I look forward to seeing all the sites in the US. How many of these sites have you visited? Share with us.
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