A landmark basically means something conspicuous that marks a place. It can be anything that’s easily recognized from a distance and that has historical, cultural, or aesthetic importance. It could be a natural feature of a landscape, or even a man-made structure.
Whether you are going on a family vacation or taking a road trip with friends, some of the National landmarks make for great travel destinations. The vastness of USA with 50 states adds to its extensive diversity. There are some mind-blowing natural marvels and some that prove a man’s testimony. U.S is filled with famous places and iconic landmarks. Here are the top 10 U.S. landmarks for your bucket list.
1. Statue of Liberty
When you think of the USA, the first thing that comes to the mind is the Statue of Liberty – a colossal statue of Roman goddess – Libertas holding aloft, a torch, facing Atlantic Ocean. It was a gift from the people of France to the citizens of the U.S.A to celebrate the 100th year of the Declaration of Independence, which fell on July 4th of 1876. The Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island, in New York Bay. It is over 46 meters tall and designed by French sculptor Auguste Batholdi.
2. Empire State Building
The Empire State Building in New York is 381 meters tall and when it was opened on May 1st 1931, it was the tallest building in the world. It is the icon of New York City, the symbol of man’s dreams to soar higher and higher. This skyscraper is 102 stories tall and was designed by William Lamb. There are 1086 steps from the lobby to the 102nd floor, and the building has 73 elevators, and 6514 windows. It is considered to be an Art Deco masterpiece.
3. Grand Canyon National Park
Over 2 billion years ago, nature began to craft what is today one of the most dramatic natural wonders of this planet, the Grand Canyon, in Arizona, USA. It is over 446 kilometer long, 1.6 kilometers deep in places, and 29 kilometer across at its widest. It is a testimonial to the erosive power of water, ice and wind. Carved out by the Colorado River, its vastness takes our breath away, and the insights it gives us about the history of Earth are invaluable.
4. White House
The White House in Washington DC is a monument steeped in history. It was George Washington, the first President of the US, who chose the site for the White House. The cornerstone was laid in 1792, and a design submitted by Irish-born architect James Hoban was chosen. This building has 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms. White house is simultaneously the home of head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to public for the tours.
5. Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the world’s most beautiful bridges and is an engineering marvel. Its soaring towers, sweeping main cables and distinctive orange colour have made it one of the most famous landmarks of the world. The bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entrance to the San Francisco Bay for the Pacific Ocean. The total length of the bridge is 2737 meters and is internationally recognized symbol of San Francisco.
6. Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Park is the world’ first National park, established in 1872 to preserve the natural wonders of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone. It is truly enormous and its vast forests cover nearly 9000 square kilometers in 3 states. The park is famous for its geysers of which there are more than 300 that makes up two-thirds of all the geysers on the planet. It also has thousands of hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles and over 150 species of fossil plants.
7. Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is located on the Colorado River, between Arizona and Nevada. The dam is named after America’s 31st president, and is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 220 meters above the Colorado River. It is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities. The dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam. There is enough concrete in the dam to cover a highway 4.87 meters wide from San Francisco to New York City.
8. Mount Rushmore
The Black Hills of South Dakota, USA are the backdrop for the world’ greatest mountain carving at Mount Rushmore. Here, the faces of four great American Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln have been carved into the side of the 1745 meter mountain. It took 14 years for the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum to complete the project. It is considered to be a symbol of freedom all over the world.
9. Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls, located on the border between the USA and Canada, may not be the largest, or the tallest waterfall in the world, but is definitely the most famous. This falls was carved by centuries of melting glaciers and water erosion. Actually made up by 3 separate falls that are close in proximity – the American falls (US), the Bridal Veil falls and the Horseshoe falls (Canada). Niagara Falls reminds us just how amazing our world is.
10. Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon is not a canyon at all but a collection of giant natural amphitheatres that are found on the South Eastern edge of the Paunsagunt Plateau in the South Western Utah, USA. It is famous for its delicate rock spires called hoodoos that have been formed by the forces of erosion. For millions of years, water has carved Bryce’s rugged landscape. The red, orange and white colours of the rocks make them a spectacular sight indeed.