Madison is the latest U.S. city to be featured in the National Parks Service's heritage travel itinerary.

The federal agency recently unveiled a new link for Madison - one of only 56 cities in the country to be included on the itinerary - in an effort to spur heritage tourism and expose the town's history.

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

Loaded with information, images, maps and essays, the itinerary is available at: 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.

Camille Fife, the preservation planner for the city of Madison, said the new initiative is a direct effort to attract those across the nation interested in heritage tourism and historic sites.

"I think there is something in it for every interest," she said. "But that's Madison."

The National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and Midwest Regional Office History and National Historic Landmarks Program produced the travel itinerary in partnership with the city of Madison and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

"The Madison itinerary is especially timely because the 2013 National Preservation Conference is being held later this year in (Indianapolis)," Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service director, said in a news release. "Madison is a showcase of the many values of historic preservation, and the itinerary vividly demonstrates its appeal to residents and visitors alike."

The Madison Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.

Fife said a number local organizations and residents worked to provide historical facts and photos for the website. The groups and individuals are all given credit on the website.

"There is a lot of really good local input," she said.