No matter where you turn in the United States you’ll come across some sort of famous landmark. Some are famous locally, while others are well-known across the entire country. We’ve compiled a list of 10 of our favorite landmarks across the United States in the hopes that someday you’ll be able to enjoy them as much as we have.
10. Centennial Park – Atlanta, Georgia
The Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia sits in a neighborhood that was once less than desirable. This is, until the United States won the bid for the 1996 Olympic Games and decided to host them in Atlanta. The land was developed into a 21-acre park, which now hosts a number of events year-round. Stop by for fun in the fountains, summer concerts, 4th of July festivities, and holiday light celebrations. There’s even an ice skating rink in the winter months. This neighborhood will never revert back to what it once was.
9. Buckingham Fountain – Chicago, Illinois
Buckingham Fountain can be found in Chicago’s park district and is one of the city’s most popular attractions. It was opened to the public in May of 1927 and was dedicated to the city by Kate Buckingham. The fountain was designed to look like Lake Michigan, with a number of other specifically designed attributes. The pink marble fountain runs daily from April to October, featuring an hourly water and light show.
8. Greenfield Village – Detroit, Michigan
Greenfield Village in Detroit was designed to remind people always of the way life was during the pre-Civil War era. Visitors will enjoy learning about trains at Railroad Junction, visiting working farms, and even visiting the home in which Henry Ford was born. There are dozens of shops, artisans, and historic homes to explore, too.
7. American Police Hall of Fame – Miama, Florida
The American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Miami Florida, founded in 1960, was the first ever memorial built to honor police officers that had been killed in the line of duty. While there are other memorials in existence around the country, this one was the first. The names of each of our fallen heroes is inscribed at the memorial, which also features a small chapel for visitors wishing to spend a few moments in silence in honor of their loved ones.
6. Battery Park – New York
Battery Park is a 25 acre park at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York City. The park was named after the artillery battery stationed there throughout history in order to protect the harbor. The park features a number of waterfront attractions, including ferries to visit both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. There are also several popular restaurants, walking paths, and playgrounds throughout the park.
5. Independence Hall – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Independence Hall in Philadelphia is recognized as one of the most important landmarks in the country. The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were created here. The hall sits in the middle of Old City Philadelphia, surrounded by a number of other incredible historic attractions. Free tours of the hall are offered daily.
4. Liberty Bell – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Also in Philadelphia is the ever popular Liberty Bell. Once housed in Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell now has its own home in a safe building right across the street on the lawn at Independence Mall. Entrance to the hall is free, but all visitors must go through security before entering. The Liberty Bell is open every day except Christmas.
3. Statue of Liberty – New York City
Right on the border between New Jersey and New York, ferries regularly stop at both Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which sits on Liberty Island. The famous statue was often the first American landmark seen by immigrants passing through the Harbour on their way to Ellis Island. We highly recommend stopping at both historic sites and paying homage to the millions who passed through, bringing with them the diverse cultures that shaped our country into the place it is today.
2. Jefferson Memorial – Washington, DC
South of the White House, in Washington, DC, you’ll find Jefferson Memorial. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of our country, had a significant impact on the formation of our country. He was a philosopher, diplomat, inventor, and so much more. As father of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson will forever have a place in the history books, and in the hearts of all true patriots.
1. Lincoln Memorial – Washington, DC
The Lincoln Memorial proudly preserves the memory of the great Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the sixteenth president of the United States, leading the country through the Civil War. He fought for freedom, and the hope he shared with his country will inspire generations for decades to come.
Throughout the United States you will find historic and cultural landmarks in all sorts of forms. Some will be more popular with certain groups of people than others, but they are all equally important when it comes to the development of our country as it stands today.