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Check out National Atlas for a great description of what the various designations are all about. A key that I learned during my first visit to Pinnacles National Monument is that Monuments are designated by a president, where to be a Park requires an act of Congress.
Please excuse this work in progress...
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IHSInternational Historic Site NBNational Battlefield
NBPNational Battlefield Park NBSNational Battlefield Site
NHPNational Historic Park NHP & EPNational Historical Park & Ecological Preserve
NHP & PRESNational Historical Park & Preserve NH RESNational Historical Reserve
NHSNational Historic Site NLNational Lakeshore
NMNational Monument NM & PRESNational Monument & Preserve
NMPNational Military Park N MEMNational Memorial
NPNational Park N & SPNational & State Parks
NP & PRESNational Park & Preserve N PRESNational Preserve
NRNational River NRANational Recreation Area
NRRNational Recreational River NRRANational River & Recreation Area
N RESNational Reserve NSNational Seashore
NSRNational Scenic River or Riverway NSTNational Scenic Trail
PKWYParkway SRRScenic & Recreational River
WRWild River WSRWild & Scenic River

Legend key:
AK Alaska
AL Alabama
AR Arkansas
AZ Arizona
CA California
CO Colorado
CT Connecticut
DC District of Columbia
DE Delaware
FL Florida
GA Georgia
HI Hawaii
IA Iowa
ID Idaho
IL Illinois
IN Indiana
KS Kansas
KY Kentucky
LA Louisiana
MA Massachusetts
MD Maryland
ME Maine
MI Michigan
MN Minnesota
MO Missouri
MS Mississippi
MT Montana
NC North Carolina
ND North Dakota
NE Nebraska
NH New Hampshire
NJ New Jersey
NM New Mexico
NV Nevada
NY New York
OH Ohio
OK Oklahoma
OR Oregon
PA Pennsylvania
RI Rhode Island
SC South Carolina
SD South Dakota
TN Tennessee
TX Texas
UT Utah
VA Virginia
VT Vermont
WA Washington
WI Wisconsin
WV West Virginia
WY Wyoming

Maps and boundary data are Copyright © FOTW - Flags Of The World web site FOTW United States map by Mark Sensen and boundaries’ data by Guiseppe Bottasini, based on material from Virtual Tourist.

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