6 Places Every American Should See
There are a few places of historic and cultural importance that you must see as an American. These are monuments and places that hold a place of pride in America’s glorious history. Plan your next holiday in such a way that you can accommodate a visit to some of these iconic places which are also great tourist destinations.
1. Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Located in South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore. These faces include those of four illustrious former Presidents of America who represent the first hundred odd years of American history. The sculpture of the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln grace the mountain. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a historically important sight that all Americans must see.
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2. The White House
The White House is not just a popular monument and tourist spot for America, but for the whole world. It is the famous official residence and workplace of the American President in power. It is located in Washington D.C. The monument is built in neoclassical style and has six levels. A part of The White House remains open to tourist in a certain part of the day. This is one of America's National Heritage Sites.
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3. Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty is located in Liberty Island in New York Harbor, New York City. It was designed by French architect Frederic Bartholdi and was a gift from France to America in 1886. The statue is modeled in the shape of a robed woman who represents the Roman Goddess of Freedom. She holds a torch that signifies enlightenment and a tablet in which the American Declaration of Independence is inscribed. Statue of Liberty remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for Americans and for people from all around the world.
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4. Ellis Island
Ellis Island is located in the Upper New York Bay close to the Statue of Liberty. It is officially called Statue of Liberty National Monument. It was an inspection station for immigrants entering America from 1892 to 1954. An immigration museum is currently located on Ellis Island which gives information on the profiling and genealogy of American immigrants. This place occupies importance in American history as it witnessed the immigrant influx and contributed to what America is today.
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5. Lincoln Memorial
Located in the west end of the National Mall in Washington D.C., Lincoln Memorial was dedicated to Abraham Lincoln who was the 16th President of America. The monument comprises a Greek temple like structure which has a seated sculpture of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln Memorial is also famous because many famous speeches including Martin Luther King's, 'I have a dream,' speech was delivered there. It is one of the many memorials that have been built in Washington to honor American Presidents.
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6. National World War II Memorial
This historically important monument is located in Washington D.C. It was built to honor Americans who were in the American armed forces in World War II. It is a beautiful memorial which has a few triumphal arches, a plaza fountain and 56 pillars built as a tribute. The monument also has the Freedom Wall which reflects the Lincoln Memorial behind it.
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