See evidence of early life in North America
At Smithsonian magazine, Guy Gugliotta shares places to find evidence of the continent’s original settlers. www.smithsonianmag.com/travel
MASTODON STATE HISTORIC SITE
Pleistocene ice age fossils, including bones of giant mastodons. Interpretive trails, picnic site, and museum of Clovis culture. Year round.
MEADOWCROFT ROCK SHELTER
Archeological site with prehistoric artifacts dating 16,000 years. Visitors center, exhibitions, and tours. May-October. www.heinzhistorycenter.org/meadowcroft.aspx
MURRAY SPRINGS CLOVIS SITE
SIERRA VISTA, ARIZ.
Rugged one-third-mile interpretive loop trail offers 10 exhibits on life in the late ice age. Year round.
BLACKWATER DRAW NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK
One-mile walking trail explores excavation of early Paleoindian cultures. April-October. Nearby university museum exhibits site artifacts. Year round.
Archeological and natural history preserve contains evidence of 12,000 years of occupation by people on the Southern High Plains. Visitors center, hiking trails, and exhibits. Year round.