Family travel five: Some of the world’s top heritage sites are in the US; Lynn O’Rourke Hayes; Herald Tribune


USA – Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville

Revered and protected for their “outstanding universal value,” UNESCO has designated 878 World Heritage Sites.

These sites are inspiring and significant, and 20 of them are in the United States. Here are five that may interest your family:

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1. Charlottesville, Va.

Monticello, the mountaintop residence of Thomas Jefferson, is the only home in America on the elite World Heritage list.

There are numerous tours available, including one designed for children ages 6 to 11. The 40-minute outing features hands-on opportunities and a glimpse of what life was like for the children who lived at Monticello in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Find out which events illuminated through the popular musical “Hamilton” are a part of Monticello’s history.

Discounted family tickets are available through the website.

Contact: monticello.org.

2. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad, N.M.

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