Have you ever snapped a photo of a historic place in the U.S. and thought, "Hey, this turned out pretty well—I could win a contest!" If your exceptional photo is of a National Historic Landmark , then your words just might come true.
If you’re an American history buff like I am, chances are that you’ve taken a photo of a National Historic Landmark. There are nearly 2,500 NHLs in the country, and they’re in every state, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Technically, they’re " nationally significant historic places …[that] possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States."
NHLs are sometimes easy to spot: American icons like the Statue of Liberty, Mount Vernon, Pearl Harbor, Alcatraz, and the Apollo Mission Control Center are just a few of the more famous landmarks.
But there are hundreds of lesser-known NHLs that are also integral to American history. Examples include the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road (an engineering marvel in Montana’s Glacier National Park); the Church of the Holy Family (a French Colonial-era log church in Cahokia, Illinois); and the Dancing Rabbit Creek Treaty Site in Noxubee County, Mississippi (which forcibly removed most Choctaw tribal members to land west of the Mississippi River).