Under the Antiquities Act of 1906, any sitting president can declare for a piece of federal land to be granted status as a National Monument in order to protect its natural, cultural, or scientific qualities. Shortly after this law went into effect, President Theodore Roosevelt established Devils Tower, located in Wyoming, as the first National Monument in US history. This was followed by the formation of the National Park Service in 1916.
As of January 2021, there are 130 National Monuments that are managed by various federal agencies. From New York's Statue of Liberty to California's Muir Woods, these monuments are as diverse as they are beautiful.
With so many destinations to choose from, we decided to put together a comprehensive list of US National Monuments to help anyone keep track of and plan their American adventures. Whether it be a road trip, RV travels, or a weekend getaway, our country's diverse National Monuments should be at the top of everyone's travel list.