The United States is filled with monuments and landmarks that attract visitors from across the country and even around the world. There are some breathtaking locations created by Mother Nature, along with some amazing structures created by men. If you are looking for ideas for your next vacation, these 15 monuments and landmarks should be at the top of your list.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most amazing works of nature found in America. This National Park features magnificent views that almost look like a painted backdrop with a sparkling river running in front of it. You can also spend time hiking the many trails, dining in the restaurant, shopping and even riding donkeys down to the bottom of the canyon and back. There’s even a glass walkway so you can walk out over the canyon itself without fear of falling.
Many people think Niagara Falls can only be viewed from Canada, but you can still find great views from the United States side. Even though the American side is a bit smaller, it is still a beautiful sight to watch the rush of 750,000 gallons of water per second. A trip aboard the Maid of the Mist tops off any trip, giving you a unique perspective of these unmatched falls.
Alaska is a wilderness largely untouched by human hands. When you visit Prince William Sound, you will find a beautiful view of the ocean, surrounded by glaciers. You can also find 220 species of birds, at least 12 marine animals and more than 30 species of land animals. There’s nothing more natural than this area of the country. While you are here, you can take in many of the other amazing sites in this land.
Just a short drive from the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley is home to some well-known natural rock formations found in many western movies. Whether you choose to drive through this area or take some time to hike, you will enjoy taking in the magnificent landscape found on Navajo lands. It’s also a great place for camping. Even if you can’t stay, driving through this area is worth it.
Located in western South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is a man-made monument dedicated to some of this country’s best presidents. The mountain features the likeness of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. This monument is free for all. All you need to pay for is parking. It is a great place to spend some time and soak in your patriotic spirit. The walkway features flags from every state.
Acadia National Park is located in Maine, giving visitors amazing views of the rugged coastline. The park features some of the tallest mountains on the East Coast and is a great place to spend some time in the fall. The views of the ocean and the surrounding landscape are breathtaking. Guided tours are available to ensure you don’t miss a thing while you are there.
Lady Liberty is the first thing many immigrants from Europe saw when they came to America. A gift from France, the Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom and liberty for all. Nothing beats the feeling of looking up at the statue and wondering what it would be like to enter this country under her watchful eye. If you are visiting New York, don’t miss this representation of everything our country stands for.