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These sites are featured in top films

Movie directors broaden audiences' cultural understanding by filming at locations with stunning buildings and natural beauty.
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What you need to know about U.S. visitor visa interviews

If you're planning to travel to the United States this year, the State Department recommends planning ahead for any visas.
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Offering a fuller picture of Indigenous Maryland

A new mobile app created by an American University professor helps users learn about the past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples.
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National Park Service turns 106

The National Park Service celebrates its 106th birthday August 25. Take some time to reflect on the public lands' jaw-dropping features.
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What are travel advisories and how does the U.S. develop them?

U.S. citizens who wish to travel abroad should consult the State Department's travel advisories. Learn what an advisory means.
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From train tracks to cycling trails

The Rails to Trails program is turning abandoned railroads into bike trails, with the goal of connecting the entire country by 2040.
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U.S. and Pakistan: Partners in cultural preservation

U.S. support is helping restore historic sites in Pakistan that highlight the country's diversity. Learn more about these cultural wonders.
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The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

July 31 is World Ranger Day! Learn about five of America's most visited national parks (there are 423 parks total) and what keeps guests coming back.
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What makes a National Historic Landmark?

Culturally and historically significant locations are eligible for federal funding as National Historic Landmark sites. Learn more about the designation.