National Heritage Areas

Preserving America’s Cultural Landscapes


A National Heritage Area is a region that has been recognized by the United States Congress for its unique qualities and resources. It is a place where a combination of natural, cultural, historic and recreational resources have shaped a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. National Heritage Areas are representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in the areas.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis explains the concept of National Heritage Areas.



The Alliance of National Heritage Areas┬áis a membership organization comprised of national heritage areas and partners that support and practice sustainable heritage development. The ANHA’s activities enhance the efforts of individual Congressionally designated areas and promote the heritage development movement in America.
The Alliance advocates, facilitates and celebrates excellence in cooperative initiatives that:

  • Enhance quality of life for citizens and their communities
  • Attract cultural heritage tourists to communities
  • Provide distinguished examples of sustainable heritage development for the nation.

Click here to see information about other National Heritage Areas.