Top 10 Landmarks of USA You Must Know!

Accommodating 50 states, the USA is no less than a Rubik’s cube! The vastness of the nation only adds to the extensive diversity. The attractions are perhaps the most important thing that differentiates one state from the other. From some amazing natural marvels to some that prove a man’s testimony, these attractions certainly give each state their identity. Following attractions, are landmarks, that probably play a more important role in giving a location its distinctiveness. From the east coast to west coast, we bring to you some beautiful and iconic ones, which indeed are the best landmarks of USA, that celebrate the nation's character

1. St. Louis Arch

  

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Where: St. Louis, Missouri
 
Symbolizing the importance of St. Louis as the Gateway to the West, this structural monument is a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park. Be sure to ride to the top of Gateway Arch in Saint Louis for great views of the city and the Mississippi. Escalating to a height of 630-foot, the arch is in the U.S. state of Missouri. Clad in stainless steel and built in the form of an inverted, weighted catenary arch, this landmark is of great significance. Apart from being the world's tallest arch, it is also the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere and Missouri's tallest accessible building.
 
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2. Hoover Dam

 

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Where: Nevada, Missouri

Posing as a barrier to the mighty Colorado River, the Hoover dam was previously known as Boulder Dam. An engineering marvel, the dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. Generating hydroelectric power, Hoover provides water for seven states. The now-open Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge was opened to allow faster travel through the area, in 2010. Constructed in between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, in fact, also cost over one hundred lives. Admiring the Art Deco wonder while passing the dam is a must! For adding some more adventure to your trip here are caves in Missouri you need to explore!

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3. The Statue of Liberty

  
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Where: Liberty Island in New York Harbor
 
Needing no introduction, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic attraction of the Big Apple. The statue is also considered to be one of the best manmade US landmarks, along with being recognized by many as the patriotic American symbol of freedom and liberty. Weighing at a staggering 225 tons, the statue hits the sky at 151 feet and 1 inches. Designed by Fredéric Auguste Bartholdi of Alsace, the statue is a gift to the United States from the people of France to memorialize the alliance of the two countries in the American Revolution and their abiding friendship. For this, even the French people contributed the $250,000 cost. Undoubtedly one of the most significant monuments in USA.
 
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4. Niagara Falls

  
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Where: Border of Ontario and New York
 
One of the largest waterfalls in the world, America’s most popular tourist attraction, the Niagara Falls is a result of glaciers receding at the end of the Wisconsin glaciation (the last ice age). Renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power, the falls are indeed one of the best landmarks of USA. Here, you have more than 750,000 gallons of water per second thundering down, also making it the most powerful in the North American continent. The Horseshoe Falls, set on the Ontario side, is argued to be more spectacular than the smaller American Falls. Taking a tour of Niagara falls is a must if this is your first visit to USA.
 
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5. Walt Disney World

  

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Where: Orlando, Florida

The logical successor to the tremendously popular Disneyland in California, Walt Disney opened in Florida in 1971. One of the main reasons why Walt Disney World became very popular was the number of brands and restaurants that wanted to rush here, given the sudden boost in tourism. Pushing the limits of technology with their creative design ideas, the designers here have done a remarkable job. All this led to putting the sleepy Central Florida town, on a global map! Within this entertainment complex lie twenty-seven themed resort hotels, nine non-disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues. This is also one of the most popular American landmarks for kids.

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6. Golden Gate Bridge

 

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Where: San Francisco, California

Crimson sunsets over this beautiful 6-mile budget maybe one of the best experiences, ever. But, there is a lot more to this gem which is undeniably one of the best landmarks of USA. The 3-mile long suspension bridge towers over the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean, from one end to the other. Connecting San Francisco with Marin County, this bridge is a triumph in just about every way. This is one point is perhaps the perfect place to get unparalleled views of the Bay Area. The vermilion-painted bridge still is as striking today as it was when it was completed in 1937.

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7. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

  

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Where: Keystone, South Dakota

Essentially a national memorial, there are more reasons than one, as to why Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the best landmarks of USA. Situated amid South Dakota’s Black Hills, this is a monolith carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. The extravagant 60-foot-high monument features the faces of Presidents like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. Come June and the regal faces are dramatically illuminated at night through mid-September. All this makes this monument one of the most famous landmarks in America.

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8. Empire State Building

 

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Where: Midtown Manhattan, New York City

A 102-storey scraper, the Empire State building is located on the Fifth Avenue between the West 33rd and 34th Streets. Standing tall at a whopping 1,454 feet this is one of the most famous places in USA. The landmark derived its name from the New York’s nickname - the Empire State. This beauty stood as the tallest building in the world for an extensive 40 years. No wonder, how it will keep playing a peek-a-boo with you throughout the city streets! The building is an American cultural icon, designed in the distinctive Art Deco style.

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9. Museum of Fine Arts

  

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Where: Boston, Massachusetts 

One of the largest and hence the most visited museums in the USA, the Museum of Fine Arts contains more than 450,000 works of art. Thus, this is also one museum with the most comprehensive collections in the Americas. The collection is beautifully diverse with accommodating a wide variety of art movements and cultures.

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10. The White House

  

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Where: Washington D. C. 

One of the most historical places in USA, the White House apart from being the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, is a significant landmark of the city. Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, the house is a major feature of Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant's plan for the newly established federal city. The West Wing of the house was only meant to be temporary. Interestingly, there is a twin White House in Ireland!

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