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Walnut Canyon was carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 60 million years. The people that lived here moved on to become the modern pueblo people of today. Walnut Canyon is one of their ancestral homes.

This unique National Park is the only site that honors the bravery and sacrifices of all those who participated in the Pacific Theater of World War II.

George Washington was unanimously elected the first President of the United States. Washington defined the Presidency and helped develop the relationships among the three branches of government. His leadership and service to the republic have been distinguished through the naming of the federal capital, universities, streets, counties, and a state; but none have captured the imagination of the people world-wide like the Washington Monument.

Washita Battlefield National Historic Site protects and interprets the site of the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle that was attacked by the 7th U.S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer. The controversial strike was hailed as a significant victory aimed at reducing Indian raids on frontier settlements. Washita remains controversial because many Indians and whites labeled Custer's attack a massacre.

American Impressionist painter, J. Alden Weir (1852-1919) summered at this country retreat for nearly 40 years. The 60 acre site preserves J. Alden Weir's home, studio, barns and outbuildings.

The Whiskeytown Unit, with its mountainous back country and large, man-made reservoir, offers many summer activities such as hiking and boating, as well as historical remains of the California Gold Rush.

White Sands National Park preserves a gypsum dune field, along with the plants and animals that have successfully adapted to this constantly changing environment.

This site commemorates the courage of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the role the Whitmans played in establishing the Oregon Trail.

The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States.

The battle fought here on August 10, 1861, was the first major Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River, and was a Confederate victory. With the exception of the vegetation, the 1,750 acre battlefield has changed little from its historic setting.
Wind Cave National Park preserves one of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts began as a gift to the American people from Catherine Filene Shouse. Congress accepted Mrs. Shouse's gift and authorized Wolf Trap Farm Park as the first national park for the performing arts.
In the Wesleyan Chapel, the First Women's Rights Convention in American history was held. While women have achieved greater equality with the vote, property rights and education, the revolution continues throughout the world today. Find out how it all began at Women's Rights National Historical Park

The park-preserve includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet. The site is characterized by remote mountains, valleys, wild rivers, and a variety of wildlife.
The park-preserve includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet. The site is characterized by remote mountains, valleys, wild rivers, and a variety of wildlife.

The first successful sustained powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine were made here by Wilbur and Orville Wright on December 17, 1903. A 60-foot granite monument, is perched atop Kill Devil Hill commemorating the achievement of these two visionaries from Dayton, Ohio.

Wupatki is the only known location in the Southwest where physical evidence from at least three archeologically separate ancestral Puebloan cultures is found together in a number of archeological sites. Today, Wupatki National Monument protects 56 square miles of high desert directly west of the Little Colorado River and the Navajo Reservation.

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Bryce Canyon National Park
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Maine Puffins
Maine Puffins

Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.