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10 national sites and monuments where U.S. history was made

These 10 national parks will allow you to brush up on your history and deepen your understanding and appreciation of America the beautiful.

Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Washington, DC

Photo courtesy NPS

It was from here that Alice Paul and the other members of the National Woman's Party helped secure passage of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site

Topeka, Kansas

The pivotal Brown v. Board of Education court case ended segregation in public schools, ensuring a more equitable future for generations to come.

César E. Chávez National Monument

Keene, California

Photo courtesy of NPS/Ruben Andrade

César E. Chávez helped establish the nation's first permanent agricultural union to help ensure farm workers received higher wages and safer working and living conditions.

Flight 93 National Memorial

Somerset County, Pennsylvania

The brave actions of 40 passengers and crew aboard Flight 93 thwarted an attack on the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2001.

Golden Spike National Historical Park

Promontory, Utah

Photo courtesy of NPS

Golden Spike National Historical Park sits at the spot where the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their tracks, completing the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Little Rock, Arkansas

Photo courtesy of NPS

Nine African-American students began attending classes at the previously all-white Little Rock Central High School, sparking the first fundamental test of the historic desegregation decision.

Manzanar National Historic Site


The Manzanar War Relocation Center was one of 10 internment camps for Japanese Americans and resident Japanese aliens during World War II.

Pullman National Monument

Chicago, Illinois

Pullman National Monument occupies the grounds of what was the first planned model industrial complex and community.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee, Alabama

Photo courtesy of Tami A. Heilemann

In 1940, African American men and women were trained to fly military aircraft or work in ground operations. The Tuskegee Airmen paved the way for greater opportunities for African Americans.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Modern-day travelers owe thanks to Wilbur and Orville Wright, who spent four years experimenting before they made the world's first successful airplane flight in 1903.



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