Discover Native America
When European explorers first experienced the wonders of North America more than five centuries ago, they soon realized they weren’t the first ones here. The land had actually been inhabited for millennia by native peoples as diverse as the land itself. Today, visitors are discovering the landscapes, histories, cultures, art and people of the USA’s Indian Country. A visit to Indian Country offers authentic experiences and a chance to learn the history of the land and its inhabitants from those who live it, who grew up with it, and who learned it from the generations that came before them.
There are 573 federally recognized tribes in the U.S. as well as a number of state recognized tribes and Native Hawaiian tribes – all with their own unique stories to tell. To allow visitors to explore Indian Country more easily, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association has identified 12 regions that encompass tribal historic sites and landmarks. Every one of these regions has its own distinctive beauty, story, art, culture and attractions.
The noted travel guide publisher Arthur Frommer once said, “Travel is scarcely worth the effort unless it is associated with people, learning and ideas.” Measured in those terms, travel to Indian Country is certainly worth the effort.
The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is the only national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization representing, supporting and expanding tribal tourism in the United States. We encourage tribal efforts to perpetuate their unique cultures while diversifying and growing their economies. AIANTA created NativeAmerica.travel to share the unique experiences available to travelers throughout Indian Country. For more information about AIANTA, please visit aianta.org/Mission.aspx.
Today, NativeAmerica.travel is the leading travel resource for travelers planning trips to native destinations, and for tribes and native enterprises looking to grow Indian Country tourism as a means of economic development. You can support tribal tourism development by donating to AIANTA. Donations support tourism training and capacity-building programs which contribute to the economic well-being of tribal destinations.