American Landmarks
From Sea to Shining Sea

Let’s take a look at the most famous of American Landmarks from sea to shining sea of our beautiful United States of America. The USA is a country of traditions and honor to its forefathers.

Here we have a list of our ten. We could have chosen twenty, thirty or more, but let me do this page with the Top Ten.



The Washington Monument standing tall in the National Mall

The Washington Monument standing tall in the National Mall


  • Washington Monument

Located in Washington, DC

It is an obelisk at one end of the National Mall in the nation’s capital, built to commemorate George Washington the first president of the United States. It is about 46 meters tall.

Made of marble and granite it is the world’s tallest obelisk and the world tallest stone structure. Its construction started in 1848 and stopped temporarily during the American Civil War, and finished in 1884 and officially dedicated on February 21, 1885. It opened to the public after an official opening in 1888.

Now it is closed due to an earthquake in Virginia in 2011 and Hurricane Irene the same year.




The Statue of Liberty welcomes all arrivals to the USA

The Statue of Liberty welcomes all arrivals to the USA


  • Statue of Liberty

Located in Liberty Island, New York, NY

This 46 meter high monument built by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, is a gift of the people of France to the American people. It has been refurbished many times during its history being the last restoration in 2012.

Called in French “La Liberté éclairant le monde” the statue is a robbed female figure representing Libertas, the Roman Goddess of Freedom and it has inscribed the date of the Independence of the United States, July 4, 1776.

He first designed and built the torch bearing arm that was exhibited during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876 and then transferred to the Madison Square Garden in New York, where it stayed on display from 1876 to 1882.

It is visited by millions of tourists coming from every end of the world. A visit to New York without visiting the Statue of Liberty would be incomplete.

 

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The Empire State Building for years was the world's tallest

The Empire State Building for years was the world's tallest


  • Empire State Building

Located in New York City, NY

It was the tallest building since its inauguration in 1931 to 1972 when the World Trade Center or Twin Towers were built. It is actually an office building on the corner of 34th Street and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, New York.

The tip of the building is 443 meters and the top floor 373 meters. There is an observatory on the top floor made famous by several movies among them “Sleepless in Seattle”.

It is a real icon of American culture and by far one of the most popular American Landmarks. Who among us in our 70’s does not remember the little balls full of water and “snow” with the Empire State Building inside? That was the best present our relatives brought from their visit to New York.

For year it has been an office building and I have been there many times during the years I went to New York at least twice a month.


Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco California

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco California


  • Golden Gate Bridge

Located in San Francisco, California

This suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, which is the entrance to San Francisco Bay, links the City of San Francisco from the northern tip of the peninsula to Marin County.

It is the most recognized symbols of San Francisco, California and the United States as a whole. It has been called one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and is by far one of the most photographed sites in the country. The total length of the bridge is 2,737 meters, and the width is 27 meters.

In 1923 the California legislature passed the bill to create the Golden Gate Bridge. In 1930 the final plans were submitted by Joseph B. Strauss, and in 1933 construction began. In 1937 the bridge first opened to pedestrians and a day later to cars. By 1985 more than a billion have crossed the bridge.


The Space Needle a symbol of the city of Seattle Washington

The Space Needle a symbol of the city of Seattle Washington


  • Space Needle

Located in Seattle, WA

The construction of the tower started and ended in 1961 and was officially opened on April 21, 1962. It maximum height, meaning the antennas is 185 meters while the last floor for visitors is 158 meters high.

It was originally built for the 1962 World’s Fair which drew nearly 20,000 people a day for a total of 2.3 million visitors.

This historic landmark is visited by thousands of people all the time. People wait in line for hours to take the fast elevators to the top of the needle. It was built to withstand winds of 200 mph and earthquakes of to 9.0 on the Richter scale.

It has a Sky City Restaurant on the top of the Needle from where one can see not only the downtown Seattle skyline but also the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliott Bay, and surrounding islands.


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Mount Rushmore Monument honoring the American Presidents

Mount Rushmore Monument honoring the American Presidents


  • Mount Rushmore

Located in Keystone, SD

This impressive monument is one of the most important of the American Landmarks. Carved into the Granite face of Mount Rushmore, sculpted by Danish-American Gutzon Borglum and his son, Lincoln Borglum features 18 meter sculptures of the heads of Four American Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Construction of the Memorial started in 1927 and the President’s faces were completed between 1934 and 1939.


The Gateway Arch over the Mississippi River in St Louis Missouri

The Gateway Arch over the Mississippi River in St Louis Missouri

  • Gateway Arch

Located in St Louis, MO

It has an alternate name: “Gateway to the West”. Its construction started in February 12, 1963 a little more than 50 years ago and inaugurated in May 25, 1968. Its height is 190 meters.

The architect was Eero Saarinen of the architecture firm Saarinen and Associates and the Structural engineer, Severud Associates. It was built of stainless steel in the form of flattened catenaries arch.

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River it was dedicated to the westward expansion of the United States behind the Mississippi. It is now a symbol of St Louis.

A visit to the tallest monument in the nation is a must. But not only to watch it from the outside, there are many more attractions inside the monument like a Journey to the Top, the Museum of Westward Expansion, movies and shopping.

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Hollywood California, the dream come true for many

Hollywood California, the dream come true for many


  • Hollywood Sign

Located in Los Angeles, California

Construction of the sign began and was completed in 1923 and was rebuilt in 1978. It was made of wood and sheet metal and when refurbished in 1978 of steel only

It is situated on Mount Lee of the Santa Monica Mountains facing the Hollywood district of Los Angeles. The word HOLLYWOOD is spelled out in 14 meters tall capital letters.  When seen at a comparable height the letters appear as leveled but the contours of the hills give it a “wavy” appearance.


In Key West Florida you are only 90 miles away from Cuba

In Key West Florida you are only 90 miles away from Cuba


  • Unites States Southernmost Point

Located in Key West, FL

It is an anchored concrete buoy in Key West marking the southernmost point of the United States just 90 miles or 144 km from Cuba. It was established at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street.

The point was originally marked by a sign that was constantly vandalized, until the city decided to mark it in concrete in 1983. Today is the most photographed site in the city of Key West. It is not exactly the southernmost point, but for reasons beyond their control the few points a little further south were not available to visitors.

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The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River

The Hoover Dam on the Colorado River


  • Hoover Dam

Located on the Nevada-Arizona Border

Constructed between 1931 and 1936 this is a concrete arch dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. It was named after President Herbert Hoover.

Since the early 1900s they discovered the possibility of building the dam in order to control floods, provide irrigation water and produce hydroelectric power. Due to the inclement weather the building was very difficult and also this was the first time a concrete dam was built. But despite all this the dam was finished earlier and presented to the federal government on March 1, 1936.

We as American Citizens are very proud of our American Landmarks and invite the citizens of the world to visit them.



images for american landmarks

washington    clinberg
gateway arch    bev sykes
golden gate    andre engels
space needle    joe mabel
rushmore    sfmontyo
hollywood    oren
hoover dam    ronen perry
southernmost point    gerbiyabe
empire state    daniel schwein

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