Our heritage is what defines us. We live in and among the very places that our ancestors built and cultivated years before we were here. Today, UNESCO protects these historical sites so that we can explore, understand, and learn from our collective past (the perfect pursuit, we think, on any vacation).
Think these spots are all far, far away, in distant foreign lands? Think again. We've picked a few that are practically in your own backyard. Here are 10 amazing UNESCO World Heritage sites in North America, from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico and beyond.
Old Town Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
A seaside town on Nova Scotia's South Shore, Lunenburg is bursting with charm and nautical history. Quaint crimson-painted wooden houses and historical churches line the harbor. In town, galleries, distilleries, and a remarkably informative fishing museum, complete with a boatbuilding shop and whale bones, welcome amblers. In fact, experts say a guided walking tour, threading through Lunenburg's perfectly preserved streets, is the best way to get acquainted with this former British colonial settlement.
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