Looking for some inspiration to get out and travel? How about a landmark to point you in the right direction? After all, sometimes after setting the destination, the true adventure awaits in just getting there. So to stir up some excitement, to get your travel plans in order, here are 10 U.S. Landmarks you should check out today!
Washington D.C. National MallFrom Jefferson to Lincoln, from Iwo Jima to Vietnam, the National Mall serves up so much national history to make your head spin. Go to where Dr. Martin Luther King spoke about his dreams, see your state on the World War II Memorial, and then check out any one of the many free Smithsonian Institute museums that line the walkway. A great getaway to gain some perspective, see some sights, and hang out in our Nation’s Capital.
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UtahVery few places in the United States illustrates Mother Nature’s paintbrush better than Arches National Park. From years of wind and sand carving their way into the landscape, Arches National Park displays some of the most amazing rock formations found in our universe, including perhaps the most famous, Delicate Arch, as well as over 2,000 other recorded arches within the park.
Golden Gate Bridge, San FranciscoA marvel of human engineering, the Golden Gate Bridge is the perfect backdrop for some San Francisco scenery. Connecting San Francisco to Marin County, this symbolic bridge is best served up under a sunset after a clear day. While you are there, check out all the San Francisco Bay has to offer or head south down Highway 1 to see all that the California Coast has to offer.
Statue of Liberty, New YorkSandwiched between the shores of New York and New Jersey, the Statue of Liberty stands tall as symbol of American freedom and declaration. See it from the shores, take a ferry that brings you up close, or get a tour of Liberty Island and Libertas herself. While you’re there, take a moment to appreciate the history beneath your feet. Ellis Island, the main ferry station for the Statue of Liberty, is rich with stories of immigrants arriving on the shores of hope and looking for a better life.
Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CaliforniaYosemite National Park is a National Treasure. This often teeming tourist spot has enough room for all the visitors, and the views alone are worth the visit. While you’re there, check out Half Dome El Capitan, and Bridal Veil Falls, then go for a walk under giant redwood trees, and finish your day with by camping under the stars. It’s truly an experience you’ll never forget.
Space Needle, SeattleA symbol for the Pacific Northwest, the Space Needle in Seattle offers an odd piece of architecture in a city. Built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, this picturesque landmark hosts quite a view if you chip in the money for an elevator ticket. Not only can you see the sprawling metropolis that is Seattle from a birds-eye view, but the sky deck also offers amazing views of Mt. Rainer and the rest of the Cascades.
Mount Rushmore, South DakotaTravel down to the southwest corner of South Dakota, and among the granite rock faces are president’s faces. For over 7 decades, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln have stood watch over the forest floor. And although it may just be something you only care to see once, you’ll never forget the day you went and saw it.
Independence Hall, PhiladelphiaBreathe in the life of past history makers as you make your way through Independence Hall. Aptly named after the location where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were adopted, this extremely historical landmark has the hauntings of Thomas Jefferson and John Hancock still pacing through the halls. A must go for any history buffs.
Grand Canyon, ArizonaPerhaps the prettiest hole in the ground on earth, the Grand Canyon provides a landscape your eyes almost can’t comprehend. To be wowed and amazed, stand on one rim and look away. Brush strokes abound, the Grand Canyon offers layers and layers of different colors, as well as numerous campsites to stay the weekend. If you’re just looking to get into National Parks, this is a good one to start with.
Gateway Arch, St. LouisStanding as the tallest man-made monument in the United States, the arch is supposed to be symbolic of expansion and movement forward. But as you stand there, it’s not hard just to think, “wow”. Make your way to the top and get a good view of the Mississippi River and the city built around it.