The Sites of Pre-Colonial North America

If you’re looking to explore the historic sites of Pre-Colonial North America and want to find the best places to view Pre-Colonial North American history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of Pre-Colonial North America sites and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of the sites of Pre-Colonial North America and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring these sites.

Our database of historic places is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other  Pre-Colonial North America sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Trip Historic now by visiting our upload page.

Pre-Colonial North America: Site Index

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec Ruins National Monument is actually the home of an impressive set of ancestral Puebloan ruins.

Aztec Ruins National Monument is actually the home of an impressive set of ancestral Puebloan ruins rather than anything built by the Aztecs. The name Aztec Ruins National Monument is actually a misnomer, deriving from a 19th century misconception about the origins of the site. Begun in the twelfth... Read More

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center chronicles the history of this area including its famous land run.

The Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center chronicles the history of the area of land known as the Cherokee Strip or the Cherokee Outlet. This area of land was given to the Cherokee nation in the nineteenth century and became home to Native American tribes before it was sold back... Read More

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Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum

The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum focuses on the history of the Pikes Peak region.

The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum focuses on the history of the Pikes Peak region and, in particular, that of the city of Colorado Springs. From Native American history to the founding of Colorado Springs and its mining history, the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum has exhibits on a range of issues.... Read More

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Emerald Mound

The Emerald Mound site is a Mississippian culture period ancient mound built between 1250 and 1600AD and used as a ceremonial site and political center.

The Emerald Mound is one of a number of ancient mound sites built by the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Several similar sites have been found within Mississippi and in other areas of the United States. One of the largest mounds in the US, the Emerald Mound site was likely constructed... Read More

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Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument is a Native American historic site featuring five villages dating back to the Puebloan-era.

Hovenweep National Monument is a Native American historic site featuring five villages dating back to the Puebloan-era. The ancestral Pueblo people inhabited the area of Hovenweep National Monument as early as 10,000 years ago. Proper settlement began in circa 900AD, but the main sites found there today were built... Read More

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Kejimkujik National Park

Kejimkujik National Park in Canada is home to the native Mi’kmaq people, who have lived in the area for over 2,000 years, and contains a number of historic sites.

Kejimkujik National Park in Canada is an area containing historical sites covering periods from pre-colonial times to the present day. Occupied for over 4,000 years, Kejimkujik National Park has been home to several indigenous peoples and the native Mi'kmaq have been living in the area for the last 2,000 years. A... Read More

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park is an incredibly well preserved and stunning collection of archaeological sites of the Native American Pueblo people dating back to 600 AD.

Mesa Verde National Park or “green table” national park is a breathtaking Native American site dotted with over 4,000 archaeological treasures, including 600 exceptionally well preserved cliff dwellings dating back to 600 AD. Mesa Verde National Park was once the home of the Pueblos, a Native American people who lived there... Read More

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Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle is a 12th century cliff dwelling in Arizona.

Montezuma Castle in Arizona, USA is a cliff dwelling built by the Sinagua Indians in around 1100AD and occupied until approximately 1425AD. Occupying an area of around 4,000 square feet, Montezuma Castle is an eminently impressive five storey limestone and mud structure demonstrating the ingenuity of the Sinagua people. Unfortunately, the public... Read More

National Museum of the American Indian - New York

The National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to exploring the history and culture of Native Americans.

The National Museum of the American Indian is dedicated to exploring the history and culture of Native Americans. As part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian has around a million artifacts spanning various periods of history from the Paleo-Indian to the present and relating to many... Read More

National Museum of the American Indian - Washington

The National Museum of the American Indian explores the history and culture of Native Americans.

The National Museum of the American Indian explores the history and culture of Native Americans. From Paleo-Indian artifacts to more modern pieces, the National Museum of the American Indian has around a million artifacts spanning various periods of history and relating to many different tribes. The National Museum of the... Read More

Plimoth Plantation

The Plimoth Plantation is a living museum which includes a recreated 1627 English village and a Wampanoag homesite.

The Plimoth Plantation is a living museum which includes a recreated 1627 English village and a Wampanoag homesite. The English village is the main attraction at the Plimoth Plantation and brings to life the 17th century farming settlement built by the colonists. Buildings have been recreated and the site... Read More

Sitka National Historical Park

Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska commemorates the Battle of Sitka and Russian American colonial history.

Sitka National Historical Park was the site of the Battle of Sitka between Russian forces and Alaska Natives in 1804. Built to commemorate this famous clash, Sitka National Historical Park is Alaska’s oldest national park. There is little remaining from the battle itself - only a clearing where the Tlingit... Read More

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo is a beautiful thousand year old Native American settlement in New Mexico.

Taos Pueblo is a Native American settlement in New Mexico’s Rio Grande, USA. The Pueblo community in Taos Pueblo is known to date back to the fourteenth century, although some archeologists think it was established as far back as the 1st century AD. The Pueblo tribe is one of the most... Read More

The Abbe Museum

The Abbe Museum in Maine focuses on Native American history and heritage, particularly that of the Wabanaki.

The Abbe Museum in Maine focuses on Native American history and heritage, particularly that of the Wabanaki, Maine’s indigenous people. Through a series of exhibitions, artefacts, workshops and events, the Abbe Museum looks at 10,000 years of Native American history and culture. The Abbe Museum actually has two venues,... Read More

The Anasazi Heritage Center

The Anasazi Heritage Center explores the history and culture of the Anasazi Native Americans.

The Anasazi Heritage Center in Southwest Colorado is an archaeological museum which explores the culture and history of the Ancestral Puebloan people, also known as the Anasazi. The Anasazi were Native Americans who lived and farmed in an area known as the “Four Corners”, made up of southwest Colorado, northeast Arizona,... Read More

The Autry Museum

The Autry Museum explores the history and culture of the American west.

The Autry Museum, also known as the Autry National Centre, explores the history and culture of the American west. From Native American artefacts and artwork to equipment used in the famous gold rush and exhibits chronicling post-Civil War life in the region, the Autry Museum looks at a diverse range... Read More

The Dickson Mounds Museum

The Dickson Mounds Museum explores the history and culture of Native Americans.

The Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown, Illinois, is an archaeological museum which offers an insight into the history and culture of Native Americans in the Illinois River Valley. Through artefacts, artwork and documents, the Dickson Mounds Museum, which is part of the Illinois State Museum, traces this history through 12,000 years.... Read More

The Gilcrease Museum

The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa exhibits a comprehensive collection relating to the history of the American West.

The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa exhibits a comprehensive collection of works of art and historic artefacts relating to the history of the American West. From the prehistoric to present day, the Gilcrease Museum covers a range of historic periods.... Read More

The Journey Museum

The Journey Museum in South Dakota chronicles the history of the Black Hills region and the cultures that have existed there.

The Journey Museum in South Dakota chronicles the history of the Black Hills region and the cultures that have existed there such as the Native American Lakota people and the pioneers. It also explores the area’s natural environment. The Journey Museum is split into several sections, amongst them an... Read More