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Farmington, PA

The battle at FORT NECESSITY in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. This war was a clash of British, French and American Indian cultures. It ended with the removal of French power from North America. The stage was set for the American Revolution.

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Western Oklahoma

The GREAT PLAINS TRAIL consists of 13 highway-based driving loops that span the entire western portion of the state.  Each loop guides travelers through areas with the best opportunities to view wildlife and includes designated stopping points on both public and private areas.   

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Houghton, MI

Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, ISLE ROYALE offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you’ll find opportunities for reflection and discovery, and make memories that last a lifetime.

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Crow Agency, MT

LITTLE BIGHORN memorializes the US Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Lakotas and Cheyennes in one of the Indian’s last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the US Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.

In 1957, LITTLE ROCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL was the epicenter of confrontation and a catalyst for change as the fundamental test for the United States to enforce African American civil rights following Brown v. Board of Education. Learn how the sacrifice and struggle endured by the Little Rock Nine have provided opportunities and opened doors for those seeking equality and education around the world.

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Mesa Verde N.P., CO

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. Today, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

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AL, MS, TN

The NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the “Old Natchez Trace” a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, “Kaintucks,” European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.

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Port Angeles, WA.

With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. Come explore!

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ID, KS, MO, NE, OR, WA, WY

Imagine yourself an emigrant headed for Oregon: would promises of lush farmlands and a new beginning lure you to leave home and walk for weeks? More than 2,000 miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the OREGON NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL in six states and serve as reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.

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