Great Smoky Mountains National Park among 22 World Heritage Sites in U.S. Image by Jeaneane Payne.
KNOXVILLE – The National Park Service has released its newest online travel itinerary highlighting the 22 World Heritage Sites located in the United States, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is part of that list.
World Heritage Sites have been formally determined by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee to possess outstanding global value to humanity for their exceptional cultural and natural importance and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Most of the World Heritage Sites in the United States are administered by the National Park Service. They also are listed entirely or contain listings in the National Register of Historic Places, which is expanded and maintained by the National Park Service.
Discover fun facts and interesting background information about sites across the country, from the Statue of Liberty to Hawaii Volcanoes, which have universal significance. Learn more at nps.gov/nr/travel/worldheritagesites.
The World Heritage Sites in the United States itinerary is the 60th in the online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series. The series supports historic preservation, promotes public awareness of history, and encourages people to visit historic places throughout the country. The National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services and its Office of International Affairs produced this itinerary in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.