We have no doubt that Madison's recent inclusion in the National Parks Service's heritage travel itinerary will help to attract more visitors to our city.

Madison is the latest U.S. city to be featured on the website: www.nps.gov/history/nr/travel/madison.

Visit the site and you'll get an idea of how others view our home.

Madison is one of only 56 cities in the country to be included on the itinerary. The program's intent is to spur heritage tourism and expose a location's history.

The "Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary" features Madison's historic district and highlights 40 historic places and neighborhoods.

The website chronicles the rise of Madison through historic locations and events, including the city's architectural attractions, role in the Underground Railroad and its use of the Ohio River.

We should expect some additional visitors later this year when the 2013 National Preservation Conference comes to Indiana. "Madison is a showcase of the many values of historic preservation, and the itinerary vividly demonstrates its appeal to residents and visitors alike," says Jonathan Jarvis, National Parks Service director.

This new designation is the result of work by many local organizations and individuals that contributed information and photos for the website.

The honor will serve Madison well. Tourism is an important part of our local economy, and new ways to reach out are appreciated.