Take an exciting journey across America to learn about the national monuments and parks that pay tribute to our great country, its beauty, and history. Beginning with the Antiquities Act of 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt created the nation's first designation to preserve - for all Americans - significant pieces of the country's ecology, geology, and to memorialize historic sites. Featuring over 25 historic and majestic locations in this 12-part documentary series, go coast-to-coast from Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve in Alaska to the Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. From our most famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty to some of our least known treasures like Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.
S01:E01 - Fossil Worlds
America has been blessed as a land rich in fossils. America's great natural history museums display many of the great treasures from the country's ancient paleontological past. Fossil fish, giant mammals, invertebrates, plants, and everybody's favorite: dinosaurs. The National Park Service has taken great care in preserving some of the nations most important precious fossil resources.
S01:E02 - Ancient Cemeteries
During explorer Hernando de Soto's early 16th century expedition in what would become the southeastern United States, he encountered Native American cities of great wealth. These were the cities of what archaeologists call the Mississippian culture. The cities were marked by the construction of large, truncated earthwork pyramid mounds. Mounds still visible and preserved today in many places.
S01:E03 - Anasazi Homeland
The Colorado Plateau there is no place like it on the planet. Commonly called the four corners region, it contains more National Parks and Monuments than anywhere else in the world. It is a geologist's paradise. It has domes, hoodoos, natural bridges, dramatic pinnacles beyond belief.
S01:E04 - Fur Trade
The intrepid mountain men of the Rockies. It was a short but epic era when a hearty breed of men battled the elements and overcame great dangers. All in search of enormous wealth. Not wealth in the form of gold, but wealth in the form of animal pelts, particularly beaver pelts.
S01:E05 - Subtropical Florida
Florida, is a subtropical paradise. Florida is where two National Park units capture transformative events in American history. On the Atlantic side was the launching of the first American satellite into space from Canaveral National Seashore. And the other is on the Gulf side at De Soto National Memorial.
S01:E06 - Great Indian Wars
It was the longest war in U.S. history. It was sixty years of ongoing battles, fights and raids that took place between the Great Plains nomadic horse warriors on one side, and settlers, traders and the United States military on the other. With as many as 40,000 combined deaths, it made the Wild Wild West a dangerous and violent place. It was simply called The Great Indian Wars.
S01:E07 - Symbols of Liberty
The National Mall. The premiere civic, spiritual and symbolic space of the nation. A great swath of green in the middle of America's capital city, Washington D.C. The mall itself stretches from the foot of the United States Capitol Building to the Lincoln Memorial on the banks of the Potomac River.
S01:E08 - Road to Equality
Since the first black slaves arrived at Virginia's Jamestown colony in 1619, they began, against all odds, a noble struggle for equality. Today, nearly 400 years later, that struggle has been recognized and memorialized with the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
S01:E09 - The Incredible Pacific Coast
America has been blessed with a spectacular coastline. The Pacific Ocean coastline. A coastline where the tectonic forces of the Pacific and North American plates are colliding, producing one of the most dramatic coastlines in the world. A coastline with one of the great Mediterranean climates. A coastline with over 50 million inhabitants.
S01:E10 - Canyon Country
Known for their breathtaking beauty, they are among nature's greatest wonders. Canyons and gorges preserved by America's great National Park System, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and of course, the granddaddy of them all, Grand Canyon National Park.
S01:E11 - The Southern Rockies
It is perhaps the most treasured landscape in America. Commonly known as the Southern Rockies, it is one of the most spectacular sections of mountains on the planet. Most of the range is above 10,000 feet. It is the highest region on the North American Continent. And it contains many of the highest peaks in the whole Rocky Mountain Range.
S01:E12 - Monuments That Became Great Parks
Grand Teton National Park - a complete glacier-carved Rocky Mountain ecosystem, Joshua Tree National Park - displaying the mid-latitude Mojave Desert ecosystem, and Olympic National Park - containing a primeval temperate rainforest ecosystem are all parks that started out as Monuments.