Every state has something that it’s known for, whether it’s a famous movie set in a specific town or an incredible style of pizza. Then there are the things that people just have to see when they come to visit, those iconic landmarks that instantly come to mind when you mention the state.
Okay,maybe it’s not the first thing you think of, but according to Business Insider, it should be a place that you visit…especially if you go to Vermont. Ice cream, anyone?
Because a lotof the Civil Rights Movement unfolded in Alabama, the state is home to many landmarks from that time period, including the 16th Street Baptist Church.
The church was the first African American church in Birmingham, and the site of many civil rights rallies and mass meetings.
You can’t go wrong with a national park, especially when it’s Denali andincludes 6 million acres of Alaska’s wilderness.
It’s home to many different kinds of wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, and Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, with an elevation of 20,237 feet.
Of course it’s the Grand Canyonat277 river miles long, 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. But did you know it’s also the 15th oldest national park in America? Now you do.
This is Little Rock Central High School, a school that in 1957, nine African American students known as the Little Rock Nine weren’t allowed to attend.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the 101st Airborne Division to escort the students to school, making Little Rock the first public school to implement desegregation as brought on by the Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Even if you only recognize the Golden Gate Bridge from the opening of Full House, you still recognize it.
First opened in May of 1937, the suspension bridge spans the three-mile-long Golden Gate Strait that stretches between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Mesa Verde National Park is home to over 4,700 archaeological sites and 600 cliff dwellings alone. It alsooffers a glimpse into how ancestral Pueblos lived in cave dwellings from 550 to 1300 AD, which is pretty cool.
The world’s largest maritime museum, Mystic Seaport hasfour national historic landmark vessels and has been in operation for over 85 years. And there’s more! Check out a 19th century coastal village and a working shipyard.
That would be a statue of Caesar Rodney in Wilmington, Delaware’s Rodney Square. Who was Rodney? An American lawyer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and president of Delaware during the American Revolution. I think that warrants a statue.
I’m going to Disney World! If you go, impress your friends by knowing that the park took two years and 9,000 people to build.
It opened in 1971, and is now home to four parks within the general park, two water parks, and of course, walking and talking mice.
Put down that peach pie and check outthe Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, the biggest aquarium in the western hemisphere.
Visitors can see numerous animals (among the thousands that are at the aquarium), including huge stingrays in the underwater tunnel.
Tear yourself away from a luau and head to the USS Arizona Memorial, whichcommemorates 1,102 of the 1,177 soldiers and marines killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Oahu island.
Located in Idaho’s Snake River Plain, Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is an other-worldly landscape that includes three lava fields and has the deepest known open rift crack in the world at 800 feet.
Knownby Chicagoans as the bean, the official name of the 110-ton sculpture created by artist Anish Kapoor that sits in Chicago’s Millennium Park is the Cloud Gate.
Get your motor running…
Of course it’s the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts both the Indie 500 and the Brickyard 400.
It first opened in 1909, and today has the highest capacity of any other sports venue in the world it can seat close to 260,000 people.
If you build it, they will come, and tourists do go to the Field of Dreams baseball field in Dubuque Countyevery day to take pictures and toss the ball around.
Built for the 1989 classic filmField of Dreams, it was split between two different farms so that the producers could successfully film sunset shots.
Step way back into time to Dodge City, which was established in 1856 as a stop along the Santa Fe Trail to serve as a safe haven for wagons traveling west.The townstill retains its Wild West feel today contributing to its lawlessness.
Saddle up and head to Churchill Downs in Louisville, which famously hosts the longest continually running sports event in America every yearthe Kentucky Derby.
Mint julep, anyone?
Get out your beads!New Orleans’s French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in the city, and its rich history is evident in thecolorful shuttered buildings that feature balconies and plenty of flowers. Plus, it’s a great place to celebrate Mardi Gras.
The Portland Head Light, which sits along the shores of Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth, was first lit in 1791.
A keeper’s quarter was also built next to the lighthouse, and today ithouses a museum and the lighthouse is owned by Cape Elizabeth.
We know the “Star Spangled Banner,” but did you know Baltimore’s star-shaped Fort McHenry served as the inspiration for Francis Scott Key to write it?
The fort also successfully protected Baltimore Harbor during the attack of the British Navy in 1814 in Chesapeake Bay.
Boston Common, which is close to 50 acres in size, is a public park that dates back to 1634, making it the oldest city park in the U.S.
Michigan is know for their automobiles, so much so that The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is a 12-acre site that houses antique machinery, automobiles, locomotives, and other pop culture artifacts.
Want to give your credit card a workout? Get out of the cold and head to The Mall of America in Bloomington, which is often referred to as a “city within a city.”
It’s home to over 400 stores, and attracts between 35 – 40 million visitors per year.
Vicksburg National Military Park, the site of the American Civil War Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, has plenty of monuments that help to recreate the battle, which was crucial in weakening the Confederacy’s war effort.
It’s no stretch to say that the Gateway Arch, stretching 630 feet into the air, is the tallest man-made monument in the U.S.
To get the fullexperience, take the tram to the top and experience coolviews of St. Louis and the Mississippi River.
The 1876 Battle of The Little Bighorn, a deadly clash between the U.S. Army and Sioux and Cheyenne Indians who were trying to preserve their way of life, is commemorated with the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.
Chimney Rock or Elk Penis according to Native Americans and people who want to say the words “Elk Penis” is a geological formation and designated National Historic site that served as a landmark along the Oregon Trail, the California Trail, and the Mormon Trail during the mid-19th century.
The Hoover Dam is nice and all, but come on…hit the4.2-mile Las Vegas Strip, baby!
The Strip’s most famous sites include the Luxor pyramid and sphinx, the Paris Hotel and Eiffel Tower, and the famous Bellagio fountains.
Mount Washington is the Northeast’s highest peak, so take the Mount Washington Cog Railway to the observatory at the top to check it out.
It’s a coal-fired, steam-powered locomotive that was built in 1869, and the second steepest railway track in the world.
If you don’t want to hit up Vegas, head tothe gambling town of Atlantic City, which boasts the country’s first boardwalk. A little more history…
The four-mile promenade was built in 1870 to keep sand out of hotel lobbies, and still features some of the city’s best attractions, like the Entrance to the Stars, which has celebrity hand prints from the likes of Frank Sinatra.
Check out the colors of the Carlsbad Caverns, which is one of the world’s largest collections of caves with more than 100 to see.
Its Big Room is its largest natural limestone chamber and, at almost 4,000 feet in length, it’s the 28th largest in the world.
You can check out the Statue of Liberty, but when you see the iconic Empire State building, you think New York City.
Want to feel fancy?The Biltmore is one of America’s most famous estates, and theAmerican version of a castle.
It was built by George Washington Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, and is the U.S.s largest privately owned house, with 250 rooms (43 alone are bathrooms).
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, named after the former president who was inspired to launch a conservation movement, is a stunning array of colorful desert and petrified wood and rock formations.
Rock and roll, baby! If you want to seehandwritten Jimi Hendrix lyrics, John Lennon’s Sgt Pepper suit, and a pair of Ray Charles’ sunglasses among 150,000 square feet of memorabilia, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum is a must.
Ready to get your kicks? Head to the most iconic American roadRoute 66whichmigrates West from Chicago through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before reaching California, Oklahoma.
Fill up that tank, as Oklahomahas a longer stretch of the historic highway than any other state, with around 400 miles.
Crater Lake, which was formed when the caldera of the Mount Mazama volcano collapsed, is the deepest lake in America at 1,943 feet in depth.
Since it doesn’t feed any rivers, fish were added later, and the water replaces itself thanks to rainfall and snow.
*In my best Braveheart voice* FREEEDDDOOOMMM!
And nothing says freedom like Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell, which is said to have been rung during the public reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Here’s your chance to check out some mansions built to resemble those of Europe.
Who lived here?Back in the Gilded Age America’s wealthiest families summered in Rhode Island and built these monsters, collectively known as the Newport Mansions, and include the Vanderbilts’s 70-room Breakers, the Marble House, and Rosecliff.
The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor, essentially making it the birthplace of the Civil War.
Featuring the 60-foot faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln carved into granite, Mount Rushmore is most certainly an American cultural icon.
Are you a hunka, hunka, burning love? Head to Graceland, Elvis Presley’s estate-turned-museum in Memphis, and see why he was called “The King.”
In case you forget, you can remember the AlamoinSan Antonio.
The site plays a central part in American history as the place of a pivotal battle in the Texas Revolution in 1836, which launched folk heroes like Davy Crockett to fame.
Just don’t ask to see the basement…
The Salt Lake Temple is the world’s largest Mormon temple. It was built by Brigham Young, founder of Salt Lake City and second president of the Mormon church.
I scream, you scream, we all scream and scare the other people in line waiting to take a 30-minute tour of the Ben and Jerry’s factory, and grab some samples.
Totally worth it.
Virginia isfullof historic sites like Colonial Williamsburg, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, but the Arlington National Cemetery attracts around three million visitors a year.
The cemetery conducts almost 30 funeral services every weekday and is home tomore than14,00 graves spread out over 600 acres, including John F. Kennedy’s.
Seattle’s Space Needle, a 605-foot tall tower that was built for the 1962 World’s Fair, has a 520-foot high observation deck, arevolving restaurant, and opportunities to see all of Seattle…if you’re not scared of heights.
No contest.TheWhite House is arguably one of the most recognizable buildings on the planet, not just in America.
Oneof the most photographed places in West Virginia, the 3,030-foot New River Gorge Bridge was the world’s fourth longest single-span steel arch bridge. It also hosts Bridge Day, when it’s open to pedestrians, abseilers, BASE jumpers and bungee jumpers for a day.
If you’re into architecture, check outTaliesin, the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most famous American architects.
He pioneered what he called “organic architecture,” in which buildings were designed to harmonize with their environment.
American’s first national park, most of Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a slumbering volcano and boasts more geysers and hot springs including the famous Old Faithful than any other place on earth.
No wonder itattracts more than three million visitors annually.
What do you think…did they get it right? What iconic landmark would we find in your state?
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