National Heritage Area is a federally-designated National Heritage Area encompassing the Niagara Falls region of the U.S. State of New York
. The heritage area includes the communities of Niagara Falls, Youngstown and Lewiston
. The designation provides a framework for the promotion and interpretation of the area's cultural and historic character, and the preservation of the natural and built environment.The heritage area designation recognizes the area's importance to Native Americans, to early European explorers of America, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the area's role in the Underground Railroad.
The area also recognizes the contribution of the Niagara Falls region to the industrialization of the United States
, as well as the development of Niagara Falls as a protected natural area.Significant landmarks within the heritage area include the Adams Power Plant Transformer House, the Niagara Reservation, and the Colonial Niagara Historic District, all National Historic Landmarks.