Travel Guide: Top 10 US Landmarks to Visit

November 21, 2018 0 0

America’s top 10 landmarks to visit are world-class wonders unto themselves, considering that the USA is filled with dozens upon dozens of iconic spots that define our country’s long and storied heritage. From national parks to historic monuments, many make for great travel destinations as well, whether you’re planning a weekend road trip with friends or headed out on a summer family vacation. Below, you’ll find the ultimate bucket list to several of America’s top landmarks to visit – and ten good reasons to head their way today.

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Golden Gate Bridge

If you’re visiting San Francisco, you won’t want to miss the 1.7-mile Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge stretches across the San Francisco Bay and usually can be seen among the misty skies. Its bright color (“International Orange”) makes the bridge a one-of-a-kind span above the clouds. Visitors can visit Crissy Field for a view of the 80-year-old landmark or enjoy a stroll or bike ride along the pedestrian path with views of Alcatraz, Marin County, and seals lounging in the California sun.

Niagara Falls

This landmark sits between the border of the United States and Canada with some of the most amazing (and wet) views in the country. Niagara Falls is one of the most powerful waterfalls in the North American continent with a height of 167 feet spewing more than 750,000 gallons of water per second. Talk about iconic — among the top 10 U.S. landmarks to visit, this may be one of the more clichéd, perhaps, but it unimaginably impressive. Visitors can visit the site by taking a 30-minute tour on the Maid of the Mist ferry, which offers boarding docks in both the U.S. and Canada. 

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of Arizona’s most breathtaking sites, and the top landmarks in America to visit. Its incredible landscape is carved out by the Colorado River and glows in a variety of colors in the afternoon sun. Shades of orange, red, and yellow illuminate the walls creating an amazing scene. Visitors can view the canyon from the South Rim through many of the lookout points all along the road and walkway running along the canyon’s edge while the North Rim provides a different view altogether. For a closer look, take a hike down into the Grand Canyon or take a helicopter ride over and through the landscape.

Yosemite National Park

For nature lovers, nothing compares to the California Sierra Nevada mountains of Yosemite National Park. The park is noted for its giant, ancient Sequoia trees, Bridalveil Fall, the Yosemite waterfalls, and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, which boasts some of the most amazing sunsets to be seen. The Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery are also located within the park and can be visited daily.

Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty arrived in New York harbor in 1885 and was a gift from the French to the people of the U.S. The 151-foot-long statue sits atop the base of an old fort. When visiting NYC make sure to plan a tour ahead of time where you will be brought by ferry to the grounds. Visitors can explore Ellis Island as well before having the chance to walk a total of 354 stairs all the way up to the top of Lady Liberty’s crown.

Diamond Head

Diamond Head is one of the best-known volcanic craters in the world and can be seen from the southeast coast of Oahu, Hawaii. The name was coined when British seamen who saw calcite crystals sparkling in the sunshine and thought they’d found diamonds. The view from the summit is 760-feet high, and visitors can walk the steep 1.6-mile trail to the top. (Be aware it can take up to two hours to make it there.) The trail leads through a 225-foot tunnel and ends with views of the island’s West Side where you will witness the most amazing sunrise and sunset.

Lake Tahoe

One of the country’s most notable spots for beaches, skiing and more, Lake Tahoe is one of the country’s largest freshwater lakes. Running through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it’s popular in the summer months for swimming, kayaking, and windsurfing. However, the impressive snowfall makes for the ideal place for skiing during the winter. Visitors can hike along the Tahoe Rim Trail, camp in the public grounds, bike, canoe and even horseback ride.

Mount Rushmore

Carved into a granite mountain in South Dakota’s southwest Black Hills, Mount Rushmore is unlike any other monument. Completed in 1941, the sculpture is made up of the faces of four of America’s most influential presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. The sculpture brings in more than two million visitors each year. For those visiting in the winter, you’ll be able to skip the summer crowds and see the monument dusted with snow. During the warmer months, catch the evening lighting ceremony (starting at 8 or 9PM), where park rangers illuminate the gigantic granite faces above the mountains.

The White House

Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. For those who want more than just an outside view of this notable landmark, visitors can schedule a public tour of the house free of charge through their congressional representative. While the standard public tour is impressive for its architectural and historical sites, the West Wing Tour gives an insider’s look into the house. The tours are led by members of the staff and Secret Service team. Visitors will be brought into the working spaces of the White House where they will witness everyone in action.

The Wave

The Wave is located in the remote Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness right on the Arizona/Utah border. The landmark is a breathtaking rock formation, which looks like a frozen crashing wave that was carved by the wind more than 190 million years ago. To visit, you’ll need a permit from the Bureau of Land Management, which allows just 20 people a day to visit the amazing landscape. But getting to see this orange and red swirl of Jurassic-age sandstone is totally worth the extra work.

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Meg Parisi

Meghan Parisi is an accomplished freelance writer and the managing editor for a luxury design publication that covers homes in New York City, the Hamptons, San Francisco and Connecticut. Meghan enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants and cities as often as possible. She is an avid cook and enjoys sharing her recipes on her blog: Whiskey + Aprons.

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