The Best Heritage Sites in the U.S / by Suzana Jamil

Travelling to the US? Consider dropping by to any of these UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is the most famous historical landmark in the US. You have to visit the Lady Liberty, with her torch held high; she has been a symbol of freedom to newcomers in the States for more than a century. Dedicated to the US in 1886 and towering at 93 meters, the sight of the Statue of Liberty is really something to behold. To reach the island, you will have to take a ferry. Once there, you can even climb all the way up to the crown and even the torch.

 

The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is basically where the Colorado River runs for the last 6 million years. The river continuously cuts deeper and deeper down the canyon walls producing a valley about 800m deep and (at some places) 29km wide. The canyon is so massive that it covers a wide area of terrain and the river itself runs for 446km! Popular tourist activities includes hiking and rafting. Helicopter rides are also available if you want to take in the magnificent aerial view.

 

Yellowstone National Park

Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is actually the first national park in the world. Covering an area of an unbelievable 2,219,791 acres, some parts of the park is actually located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. A very popular tourist destination because of its wildlife and its geothermal network of geysers,  Yellowstone National Park is the home of bisons, elks, wolves, grizzly bears and black bears to name a few. It’s most popular geyser is the Old Faithful, which erupts approximately around every 91 minutes.

 

Redwood National and State Park

Home to the tallest trees on Earth, Redwoods grow so tall that some of them are even higher than the Statue of Liberty. If you are looking for an unforgettable hike among these giants, than this park is the place to go. Hiking and camping is the most favorite activities here but only available at designated spots. Other activities includes, mountain biking, horseback riding and even kayaking. Having a unique ecosystem to several endangered wildlife, Redwood National Park is home to the northern spotted owl, Stellar’s sea lion, the bald eagle, cougars and bobcats to name a few.

 

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is essentially a 3,000 feet valley, carved by rivers and glaciers over millions of years. The park is a favorite among hikers and rock climbers due to its geological rock formations. Not only that, this park had a few number of amazing waterfalls and giant sequoias that you would have to see. The enormity of the valley itself is enough to leave visitors astounded. Once home to the indigenous tribe of the Miwok Indians, you can still find a reconstructed version of their village near the Yosemite museum. With so many things to do, Yosemite has been known to receive VIP guests including even recently the President Barack Obama.