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The Cabrillo National Monument comemorates the first time a European, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, set foot on the west coast of the United States.

The California Trail carried over 200,000 gold-seekers and farmers to the gold fields and rich farmlands of California during the 1840's and 1850's, the greatest mass migration in American history. Today, more than 1,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can

Canaveral National Seashore is on a barrier island which includes ocean, beach, dune, hammock, lagoon, salt marsh, and pine flatland habitats.

At the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves are ruins of Indian villages built between AD 350 and 1300. Canyon de Chelly National Monument offers visitors the chance to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest basketmakers to

Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Cape Cod National Seashore comprises 43,604 acres of shoreline and upland landscape features, including a forty-mile long stretch of pristine sandy beach, dozens of clear, deep, freshwater kettle ponds, and upland scenes that depict evidence of how people

Cape Hatteras, once dubbed the "Graveyard of the Atlantic", for its treacherous currents, shoals, and storms, has a wealth of history relating to shipwrecks and lighthouses. These dynamic islands provide a variety of habitats and are a valuable wintering
This is the first landing site of 144 Englishmen who established the first permanent English Colony in North America at Jamestown. From this same site some 174 years later, citizens of a soon to be free and independant United States of America watched as

The 56 mile seashore consists of three undeveloped barrier islands - North Core Banks, South Core Banks and Shackleford Banks These islands may seem barren and isolated but offer many natural and historical features.

The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful geo

The primary significance of Capulin Volcano National Monument lies in the phenomenon of Capulin Volcano. This well-preserved volcano relatively young (58,000 to 62,000 years old), symmetrical volcanic cinder cone rises steeply (more than a 1,500 feet) and

Established to preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within a Permian-age fossil reef, the park contains 100 known caves, including Lechuguilla Cave the nation's deepest limestone cave at 1,567 feet (478m) and third longest.

Casa Grande Ruins, in Arizona, the nation's first archeological preserve, protects the Casa Grande and other archeological sites within its boundaries.

The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument represents the oldest remaining European fortification in the continental United States. The masonry fort and its surrounding land comprise 25 acres in historic downtown St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest conti
Castle Clinton National Monument, named for Dewitt Clinton the Mayor of NYC, was a fully armed and staffed fort constructed to defend New York Harbor, although it never fired upon the enemy during the War of 1812. It was changed from a fort to an immigran

Catoctin Mountain Park is home to Camp David as well as many other attractions for visitors: camping, picnicking, fishing, 25 miles of hiking trails, scenic mountain vistas, all await your explore.

A huge natural amphitheater has been eroded out of the variegated Pink Cliffs (Claron Formation) near Cedar City, Utah. Millions of years of sedimentation, uplift and erosion have created a deep canyon of rock walls, fins, spires and columns, that spans s
The park encompasses approximately 3,500 acres across 3 counties and includes the key partner sites of Belle Grove Plantation, Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation lands and Visitor Center, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation lands, and a developing Sh

Little Rock Central High School, now Central High School National Historic Site, is a national emblem of the often violent struggle over school desegregation.

Chaco Canyon was a major center of ancestral Puebloan culture between AD 850 and 1250. It was a hub of ceremony, trade, and administration for the prehistoric Four Corners area. The Chacoan cultural sites are fragile and irreplaceable and represent a sign

The Chamizal Convention was a milestone in diplomatic relations between Mexico and the United States in 1963.

Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. The park consists of 249,354 acres, h

The historic site was established to interpret Charles Pinckney's plantation Snee Farm, his role in the development of the United States Constitution and the transition of the United States from a group of colonies to a young nation.

IThe Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area consists of a 48-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River. In addition to providing recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, picnicking, and boating, the park contains a wide variety of natural habi

The C and O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, ser

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park owes its existence largely to the efforts of General H.V. Boynton and Ferdinand Van Derveer, both veterans of the Army of the Cumberland, who saw the need for a national park to preserve and commemorate t
The Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters appropriately describes Chickasaw National Recreation Area, as it is known for its many mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, and wildlife. This area has significant geological and hydrological features and lies

This unique formation--the most noted on the Oregon Trail--has come to symbolize the greatest voluntary migration in the history of mankind.

Twenty seven million years ago a volcanic eruption of immense proportions shook the land around Chiricahua National Monument. The Turkey Creek Caldera eruption eventually laid down two thousand feet of highly silicious ash and pumice. This mixture fused i

Colonial development of the Virgin Islands is commemorated by the 18th and the 19th century structures in the heart of the capital of the former Danish West Idies on St. Croix Island.

James Wilkins was among the first wagon travelers, 1849, to fix the name City of Rocks to what looked like "a dismantled, rock-built city of the Stone Age." California Trail pioneers were leaving civilization as they knew it in the East for new lives in t

Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm is a living history site that demonstrates the life of a poor farm family living on a small farm in northern Virginia just prior to the American Revolutionary War.

Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607, is administered jointly with the Yorktown Battlefield, the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War in 1781. These two sites represent the beginning and end of English

The monument rests on a floodplain of the Congaree River and is not a true swamp. This remnant preserves the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

Coronado National Memorial commemorates the first major European exploration of the American Southwest. The Memorial lies on the United States-Mexico border within sight of the San Pedro River Valley, through which the Coronado Expedition first entered th

Cowpens National Battlefield commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The battle at the "Cow Pens" is recognized by historians as one of the most important of the American Revolut

Crater Lake is widely known for its intense blue color and spectacular views.

The Craters of the Moon lava field spreads across 618 square miles and is the largest young basaltic lava field in the lower 48 states. The Monument and Preserve contain more than 25 volcanic cones including outstanding examples of spatter cones. Sixty di

The story of the first doorway to the west is commemorated at the national park, located where the borders of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia meet. Carved by wind and water, Cumberland Gap forms a major break in the formidable Appalachian Mountain chain
Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forest, salt marshes, and historic structures.

Three reservoirs, named for corresponding dams on the Gunnison River, form the heart of Curecanti National Recreation Area. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects 33,000 acres along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The winding Cuyahogathe "crooked river," as named by American Indiansgives way to rolling floodplain, steep valley walls and ravines, and lush upland forests.

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