The Wanderlust Wonderlist: World Heritage Sites in North America (As Seen By The Community)

From up the canals and cliffs of Canada, to the grand National Parks of the US, and down to the historic cities of Mexico, here are some of the lovely World Heritage Sites found in North America.

Credits: lllchristinalll, zammtronic, himynameiskat & sonofwalrus

Rideau Canal

Location: Province of Ontario, Canada
Date of Inscription: 2007

“The Rideau Canal, a monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario, was […] one of the first canals to be designed specifically for steam-powered vessels, also features an ensemble of fortifications. It is the best-preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America [and] the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its structures intact.”

Credits: troch & yyyhorn

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Location: Province of Alberta, Canada
Date of Inscription: 1981

“In south-west Alberta, the remains of marked trails and an aboriginal camp, and a tumulus where vast quantities of buffalo (American Bison) skeletons can still be found, are evidence of a custom practised by aboriginal peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. Using their excellent knowledge of the topography and of buffalo behaviour, they killed their prey by chasing them over a precipice; the carcasses were later carved up in the camp below.”

Credits: thegroundabove, legacy, flannelcat & dd1212

Mesa Verde National Park

Location: Colorado, USA
Date of Inscription: 1978

“A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado at an altitude of more than 2,600 m. Some 4,400 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the Mesa top. There are also imposing cliff dwellings, built of stone and comprising more than 100 rooms.”

Credits: natewhite, legacy, strangelilgirl, vici & michelle-asci

Redwood National and State Parks

Location: Calilfornia, USA
Date of Inscription: 1980

“Redwood National Park comprises a region of coastal mountains bordering the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. It is covered with a magnificent forest of coastal redwood trees, the tallest and most impressive trees in the world. The marine and land life are equally remarkable, in particular the sea lions, the bald eagle and the endangered California brown pelican.”

Credits: snapmehecatl, cosettex & lalomartinezg

Historic Centre of Puebla

Location: Puebla, New Mexico
Date of Inscription: 1987

“Puebla, which was founded ex nihilo in 1531, […] has preserved its great religious structures such as the 16th–17th-century cathedral and fine buildings like the old archbishop’s palace, as well as a host of houses with walls covered in tiles (azulejos). The new aesthetic concepts resulting from the fusion of European and American styles were adopted locally and are peculiar to the Baroque district of Puebla.”

Credits: cosettex

Historic Centre of Morelia

Location: Michoacán, Mexico
Date of Inscription: 1991

“Built in the 16th century, Morelia is an outstanding example of urban planning which combines the ideas of the Spanish Renaissance with the Mesoamerican experience. Well-adapted to the slopes of the hill site, its streets still follow the original layout. More than 200 historic buildings, all in the region’s characteristic pink stone, reflect the town’s architectural history, revealing a masterly and eclectic blend of the medieval spirit with Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical elements.”

Stay tuned for more upcoming wonderlists about the World Heritage Sites! In the meantime, you can read more about them in the official UNESCO World Heritage Committee website.

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written by geegraphy on 2013-07-18 #places #lomography #world-heritage-sites #north-america #canada #united-states #wanderlust-wonderlist #locations #mexico #location

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