Take a peek inside America's Sacred Sites

We have all encountered a place where history happened—a place where something or someone started, was born, ended, or died. An event occurred here that changed the course of history. Perhaps it was something enormous, or perhaps it was more simply an observation that was exactly what that person needed right then to continue working on a challenge or an idea. Even if that event was long ago, if we’re lucky, when we visit that place something in us stirs too, and makes us feel different—maybe a nervous excitement, a subdued dread, or a mind-freeing aha!— and we can feel that God is still working in that very place, years later.

In the United States, many of those important places have been set aside, protected by the National Park Service or its state and local counterparts specifically so that we can experience those moments when we let our guard down, have a heightened awareness, and hear God nudging us in a new direction.

Welcome to America’s Sacred Sites. We invite you to dig into a National Park Service site from each of the fifty states. We hope you’ll travel vicariously through this book and then take it along on your next adventure.

Alabama • Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail • Progress

Alaska • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park • Adventure

Arizona • Tuzigoot National Monument • Community

Arkansas • Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site • Courage

California • Golden Gate National Recreation Area • Fun

Colorado • Dinosaur National Monument • Preservation

Connecticut • Weir Farm National Historic Site • Expression

Delaware • First State National Historical Park • Consensus

Florida • Canaveral National Seashore • Contrast

Georgia • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park • Hope

Hawaii • Pearl Harbor National Memorial • Silence

Idaho • Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve • Amazement

Illinois • Pullman National Monument • Labor

Indiana • Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial • Origins

Iowa • Effigy Mounds National Monument • Dominion

Kansas • Nicodemus National Historic Site • Exodus

Kentucky • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park • Pathway

Louisiana • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park • Music

Maine • Appalachian National Scenic Trail • Preparation

Maryland • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park • Risk

Massachusetts • Fredrick Law Olmsted National Historic Site • Design

Michigan • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore • Patience

Minnesota • Grand Portage National Monument • Seeds

Mississippi • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail • Pilgrimage

Missouri • George Washington Carver National Monument • Curiosity

Montana • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument • Reason

Nebraska • Homestead National Monument of America • Worthiness

Nevada • Lake Mead National Recreation Area • Recreation

New Hampshire • Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park • Creativity

New Jersey • Thomas Edison National Historical Park • Transformation

New Mexico • Bandelier National Monument • Shelter

New York • Statue of Liberty National Monument • Alien

North Carolina • Wright Brothers National Memorial • Inspiration

North Dakota • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site • Hospitality

Ohio • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park • History

Oklahoma • Oklahoma City National Memorial • Innocence

Oregon • John Day Fossil Beds National Monument • Ancient

Pennsylvania • Independence National Historical Park • Liberty

Rhode Island • Roger Williams National Memorial • Religious Freedom

South Carolina • Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park • Conflict

South Dakota • Mount Rushmore National Memorial • Leadership

Tennessee • Manhattan Project National Historical Park • Choices

Texas • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park • Learning

Utah • Golden Spike National Historical Park • Determination

Vermont • Marsh-Billings- Rockefeller National Historical Park • Stewardship

Virginia • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park • Mercy

Washington • Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail • Recovery

West Virginia • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park • Resistance

Wisconsin • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore • Light

Wyoming • Devils Tower National Monument • Sacred

The book

Each entry includes several photos of the park, people associated with it, or the history connected to it. From the splendor of the starry skies at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado to the technology of Thomas Edison's workshop in New Jersey, America's Sacred Sites showcases the diversity of the National Park Service's 400+ units.

California's entry is Golden Gate National Recreation, the most-visited National Park Service unit