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America can be a relatively young nation, but it has a diverse and complex history. Nature and progress coexist to perfection in United States. And so much so that this symbiosis has resulted in spectacular American landmarks and monuments erected by man, a symbol of unbridled progress. From trees and landscapes built in the last century to thousands of years old mythological monuments, there are wonderful places for tourists to visit in America.

Among the famous landmarks in the world, here are some of the most famous landmarks in USA.

1. Cloud Gate, Chicago


The Cloud Gate, known colloquially as the bean, is a sculpture by the artist Anish Kapoor that does not leave one indifferent. Visitors feel irretrievably attracted by this brilliant steel creation of 20 m long by 10 high and 110 tons of weight. Its surface reflects the buildings and the people that surround it. Stand below it and see its bulging, shiny belly, sensational giant mirror.

2. Niagara falls, New York


Along almost one kilometer, the waters of the Niagara River, which connects lakes Erie and Ontario, rush down 50 meters, creating a breathtaking spectacle. The Niagara falls in eastern coast make up, between Canada and the United States, one of the most impressive border lines in the world.

3. Statue of Liberty, New York


Among the American tourist attractions, the colossal Statue of Liberty remain undaunted for more than a hundred years at the port of New York. The statue was given by France to the United States on the occasion of the centenary of its independence. Statue of Liberty stands tall on Liberty Island.

4. Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia


Among the famous landmarks in North America, the home of the Liberty Bell, Independence Park in Pennsylvania takes you back to the times of the founding fathers of USA.

5. Kinzua Bridge State Park, Pennsylvania


Kinzua Bridge State Park offers visitors the opportunity to tour the Kinzua Bridge Skywalk. Located in McKean County, this park is home to the newly reinvented Kinzua Viaduct. The viaduct, once the longest and tallest railway structure at 2,054 meters long and 301 feet high, was known, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.

The engineering masterpiece was reinvented as a new pedestrian crossing, where visitors can stroll 600 feet over the remaining peer support towers, miles out into the Kinzua Gorge as well as look down on the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway. The Kinzua Bridge Scenic Byway is designated as a shared use walk/runner trail.

6. Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC


The Lincoln Memorial remains striking even after you have seen it on endless postcards, book readings to a scene in 'The Simpsons'. The monster statue encompassed by the expressions of the Gettysburg Address is an absolute must visit for any American needing to pay tribute to an extraordinary president.

7. Blue Ridge Parkway


Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in USA and one of the best road trip destinations. You can go on a road trip of 470 miles through the Appalachian Mountains from North Carolina to Virginia. You can get incredibly close to the grandiose natural scenery from the comfort of your vehicle. This is one of the best national parks in USA.

8. Great Smoky Mountains National Park


If you are longing for a trip in timeless natural splendor resting in the cabins, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the place for you. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in USA. The immense forest between North Carolina and Tennessee exceeds almost twice as many visits to the second in the top ten, the Grand Canyon of Colorado.

Appalachian Mountains are part of the impressive views of this park, where the Cherokee native Indians used to hunt. The Clingsman Dome observatory is the highest point from which you can enjoy the most spectacular images of the place. Through one of the paths that run through this great forest, you reach Cades Cove, a valley where there are still the wooden huts and churches that populated this place in the 19th century.

Another attraction is the presence of around 1,500 black bears that roam freely in these mountains. The best time to travel to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina is from April to October. The park service charges a camping fee, but the rates are minimal.

9. Gateway Arch, Missouri


Part of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Park, this iconic structure symbolizes the significance of the Westward Expansion of Saint Louis. Be sure to ride on the top for great views of one of the best cities to live in USA and Mississippi.

10. White Sands National Monument, New Mexico


Can you imagine a desert of white gypsum dunes of up to 15 meters that blend with the blue sky creating a colorful spectacle difficult to see anywhere else? Well, it exists, and it's called White Sands National Monument, and it's in the United States, in the south of the state of New Mexico, an hour and a half drive from El Paso, a city bordering Mexico.

In fact thousands of years ago it was a sea, but then it became this beautiful desert due to the amount of gypsum in the area added to the erosion of the wind. In terms of fauna, here we can find the famous roadrunner , foxes and some poisonous animals such as snakes, scorpions or spiders, although they are not easy to see because they tend to hide in the vegetation.

The temperatures in the desert are very hot in summer, being able to reach almost 40ºC during the day, although at night they tend to drop below 20ºC. The park is surrounded by a field of missiles in which they do tests from time to time, this means that it can be closed some hours or specific days. In the park there are 3 picnic areas with grills if you decide to eat there.

Here you can do several activities to spend the day, such as hiking, sliding down the sled dunes. If you are fond of photography, it is the ideal place to take photographs of those to frame, and if you stay until sunset, stay enthralled watching that priceless colorful show. The park remains open 364 days a year, and is only closed on Christmas day.

You have the option of buying the ticket right there, although the best option if you are traveling through United States and you are going to visit more national parks, is that you buy the annual pass. The nearest city is Alamogordo, and it is about 20 minutes by car. There you will find all kinds of services, such as hotels and restaurants, where to eat and rest after a great day in a large park, such as White Sands.

11. Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado


The Great Sand Dune Park and Reserve is located in the south of the state of Colorado in the San Luis Valley. The Great Sand Dunes National Park is one of the best places in the world. You can also walk, sandboard and do other activities in this incredible park. The main reason why you have to visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park are its landscapes.

The combination of sand dunes, valley (San Luis Valley) and snowy mountains gives you a landscape like few others in the world. The journey from the city of Denver takes about 4 hours because the dunes are about 384 km from this city. Snowy peaks, colorful trees, sand and wild animals make this place a unique destination in the United States.

The state of Colorado is known for its sunny days almost all year round. The area of ​​sand dunes is no exception. The little cloudiness makes the days sunny and the nights full of stars. If you visit this place near the new moon, we recommend you to stay and see the stars. The lack of clouds, the little light pollution (there are no big cities nearby) and the beautiful landscape will make this one of the best nights you can see in your life.

One of the activities that is most practiced in this park is sandboarding and sand sledding. The change in temperature throughout the year makes the experience and the landscapes in the park different. You can bring your own camping equipment or stay at a nearby hotel.

12. Glenwood Springs, Colorado


Located near Denver on the Colorado Hot Springs Loop, Glenwood Springs is relaxation and adventure in equal measure with a touch of family fun and Old West history. Many visitors seek a relaxing bath in the many hot springs that will leave them refreshed, including the world's largest mineral pool at a glamping resort.

Skiing, whitewater rafting, parachuting and paragliding are popular seasonal activities, which makes it very attractive for outdoor enthusiasts. Meanwhile, families love the affordable attractions that captivate people of different ages. The magnificent summer climate is synonymous with a busy tourist season, while autumn and winter attract travelers who are looking for offers.

Walk to the waterfalls and turquoise lake Hanging Lake or cycle through Glenwood Canyon in USA. Cycle the Glenwood Canyon Bike Path or Rio Grande Trail. Both offers a gentle ride, fabulous views and historic sights to explore while travelling in USA.

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13. Antelope Canyon, Arizona


One of the places that can most impress those of who travel to the national parks is Antelope Canyon in United States. It is a spectacular natural landscape located in northern Arizona, next to the town of Page, a town located on the boundary between northern Arizona and southern Utah.

It is about three hours north of the Grand Canyon of Colorado and the recreational park of Glen Canyon, which is considered a tribal park for the Navajo Indians, and specifically, on the shores of Lake Powell. The walls of this small canyon in the middle of the Arizona desert are so full of magic and softness, which through the photographs taken by travelers who visit it transmits an impressive beauty.

In this way, it becomes one of the places where the most beautiful snapshots are taken on the west coast of United States. Antelope Canyon is divided into two zones, the upper canyon and the lower canyon. The most visited and most appropriate in order to take pictures is the upper canyon, whose tour lasts an hour and a half.

It is highly recommended to try to make the visit at noon, about 12 o'clock, because it is the moment in which the light enters more deeply in the canyon, causing the most beautiful scenes. The tour involves riding a large SUV that travels a few miles along a very sandy road until you reach the shore of Lake Powell, from where you can access the entrance to Antelope Canyon.

Of course, it is important to avoid the first hours of the day and holidays. Since for the visit there is usually a large influx of tourists that coincide by the narrow canyon, this can make it difficult to take pictures without people in front. To visit this natural enclave you have the option to sign up for a Antelope Canyon tour from Las Vegas.

14. Grand Canyon, Arizona


The Grand Canyon in Arizona is an exceptional sight which everybody must see once in their lifetime. Among the best states to visit in USA, flying over the Grand Canyon with kids during vacation with family is perhaps the best option to admire its immensity. The viewpoints that look out to it are an excellent alternative to cover one of the natural wonders of the world from a privileged position.

15. Valley of Fire, Nevada


Yes, it's really hot here (summer up to 45 ° C) but the complex rock structures of the Valley of Fire are well worth a visit.

16. Lake Mead, Nevada


Between the inaccessible deserts of Arizona and Nevada, Lake Mead is a literal oasis, full of plants and animals that often develop to cope with the regular dryness of swallowing heat and desert life. You can see incredible variety of wildlife present there. Throughout the year, this lake is a tourist attraction and is one of the best destinations for honeymoon. You can do boating, fishing, picnicking, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing or just sitting and sunbathing.

17. Red Rock Canyon, Nevada


Its proximity to Las Vegas makes it a perfect destination for a good excursion. If you do not have time to go to the Grand Canyon then this can be a small-scale substitute destination.

18. Death Valley, California


This lunar landscape called Death Valley is located about 300 kms north of Los Angeles and about 240 kms west of Las Vegas, on the border between California and Nevada. This park is the second in extension after Yellowstone. March and April are the best months to visit the Valley of Death. From Las Vegas , Death Valley is reached in less than two hours by entering Amargosa Valley through state highway 95.

The first interesting point you will find is Dantes View. Yes, the reward is good, there the views are spectacular, it is the best way to get an aerial view of Death Valley. On your way to the Visitors Center at Furnace Creek you will find Zabriskie Point, one of the most beautiful geological phenomena in the valley.

You have to climb a small hill to see how the earth in this place has wrinkled giving a spectacular yellow tones. This point you will have to reserve to arrive very early or leave at sunset, when the sunlight illuminates and does not burn the beautiful colors of the rocks. You can enter between these yellow formations at Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

In the Furnace Creek Area you can find the Visitor Center, in addition to several camping sites, a restaurant, a shop, the Borax Museum and a gas pump. Following in the direction of Badwater Basin, you will arrive at an unpaved road in good condition and after no more than 10 minutes you will reach Devil's Golf Course, one of the best spots in the park. There the soil is desert with a thick layer of salt and rocks covered with this same mineral.

Badwater Basin is the place everyone wants to reach. It is the lowest point of the western hemisphere that is 86 meters below sea level. There is a protected area of ​​salt flats. If you get into them, remember to bring enough water. On the way back you will pass through Artist's Drive, a 9-mile road with a single direction.

This road takes you to one of the most photographed spots, Artist's Palette. The color that the rocks have acquired in this place, in green, yellow and red tones, come from the oxidation of mica, iron and manganese. Another good way to approach the entrance to Death Valley if you come from Las Vegas, is entering the park by Beaty, to the north, where shortly after you can see the ruins of Rhyolite, one of the many ghost towns that are scattered on the West Coast.

If your rental car is 4×4, you can continue entering the park through the Titus Canyon, where you will pass through the bottom of a beautiful rocky outcrop. In Stovepipe Wells Area, what will most surprise you will be the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Even a StarWars scene was filmed in this place. In the Mosaic Canyon, very close to Stovepipe Wells, is this marble canyon.

Scotty's Castle Area is the castle that gives its name to this area, in addition to the Ubehebe Crater, formed more than 300 years ago, Eureka Dunes. And finally, the famous and mysterious The Racetrack, where heavy rocks leave a trail of movement that no one knows how to explain.

19. Potato Chip Rock, California


Of course there are rocks that stand out on a cliff that look more imposing. For examples, the rock that seems to levitate, known as the Trolls Tongue or Trolltunga in Norway. But in this case, it's called Potato Chip Rock, and it's located in California, inside Lake Poway Park, near San Diego.

It is as picturesque as the reason why it has become one of the most fashionable places for Instagram lovers and other social networks in which to share our coolest photos of the holidays. Of course, here the reason is, precisely, that the idea is for those who visit to take photos, since it is a rock on a ledge that, thanks to the perspective and a good framing and trimming , will allow those who see us to have all a feeling of vertigo.

The photos made by many travelers on the Preikestolen, a rocky outcrop in Norway where photos are very dangerous and which, even so, are still a habit (although there have been accidents) are famous. In fact, for many, it is quite a sensation to sit in what they call the pulpit. Well, in California it is similar, but without risk to fall from the rock, since the fried potato barely has a couple of meters of height (three, to be exact).

In order to reach Potato Chip Rock it is necessary to travel first to the summit of Mount Woods, so the photo there usually becomes a trophy of a day of hiking in nature.

20. Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco


Among the historical landmarks in California, this suspension bridge connecting San Francisco to Marin County, completed in 1937, is both beautiful and durable. It was made to face winds of more than 100 miles per hour. The pedestrian walk provides unique views of the beautiful Bay Area, one of the best vacation spots in the US.

Among the fun things to do in San Francisco, taste Clam Chowder in San Francisco, a soup based on potatoes, clams, onions and celery. The best thing is that in a lot of restaurants in USA serve it inside a bread. Rare is also the American restaurant that does not offer hamburgers in its menu. They are usually eaten both in shabby food trucks and in luxury restaurants and the hamburger is undoubtedly the most characteristic dish in the United States.

21. Fly Geyser, Nevada


It does not appear in the great tourist guides and, until a few decades ago, it was not even known by the inhabitants of the area. However, everyone agrees that it is a pearl; an accident of the hand of the man that has turned into an almost natural wonder near Gerlach, in the Black Rock desert, to the northwest of the North American state of Nevada.

The Fly Geyser is the beautiful result of a human error, so it is not a completely natural phenomenon. Even so, its beauty makes it one of the best tourist possibilities for those who travel to Nevada, despite not being one of the best known. Also, the water that constantly releases from the geyser at first sight can look like three mountains of different colors, reaches a meter and a half in the air.

22. Washoe Lake State Park, Nevada


Explore the most popular trails in Washoe Lake State Park with maps of hand-cured trails and driving directions, as well as detailed reviews and photos of hikers, campers and nature lovers like you. Here, visitors will find spectacular views of the majestic Sierra Nevada and the Carson mountain range.

Popular activities in the park include the study of nature, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, picnics, windsurfing, water skiing, catamaran, jet skiing and fishing. A camp, boats, group use area, daytime picnic sites and equestrian trail are available. A wetland area with an observation tower and interpretive displays is a new addition to the park.

The park is located 10 miles north of Carson City and 15 miles south of Reno. Take US 395 north to the East Lake Boulevard exit, then drive north on East Lake Boulevard approximately 3.1 miles to the park entrance. From Reno, take 395 South to the intersection of East Lake Boulevard.

23. Alvord Desert, Oregon


It is very likely that neither the Alvord Desert nor Mount Steens are among the first places on your list of future bike routes; maybe not even in the places to visit. This area, which is home to one of Oregon's most striking geographic formations, is incredibly secluded and hides an ancient alkaline plain (or dry lake) that abruptly abuts a spectacular, steep mountain of snow-capped peaks.

This place full of rugged terrain, long hours of inclement sun and beautiful gravel tracks where the presence of other human beings is practically nonexistent. The greatness of the neighboring mount Steens, added to the mystic and solitary aura of the desert.

Located in Harney County, in the central region of Oregon, the Alvord desert extends through the orographic shadow immediately to the east of Mount Steen at a northern altitude of 1,200 m. The site, which was once a huge lake of 160 kilometers with a depth of more than 60 m, is now completely dry from July to November, and its surface is now occupied by a mystical arid plain of approximately 32 kilometers in length and 11 of width.

The desert rests on a tectonic fault that elevated a block of basalt between faults to create Mount Steens during the Miocene, approximately eight to fifteen million years ago. The mountain, a escarpment of north-south component that extends for more than 64 km giving the appearance of a real mountainous chain, rises abruptly and sharply more than 1,500 m above the plane of the desert until reaching 2,978 m at its peak high.

Both the mountain and its surrounding areas can only be described with one word: spectacular. According to Google Maps, the eastern slopes were dotted with old roads and paths.

24. Thor's Well, Oregon


Thor's Well is located on the edges of the Oregon coast. Sometimes also known as the drainage channel of the Pacific Ocean, the well is located in the scenic area of ​​Cape Perpetua, a few miles south of Yachats. More precisely, it is located near Spouting Horn in Cook's Chasm.

In addition to the circular shape and location close to the Pacific Ocean, the feature itself is not very different from nearby features such as Cook's Chasm and Devil's Churn. A fascinating feature of the well is that it never fills with water despite the endless flow of water provided by the majestic Pacific.

During high tide, water fills it from the bottom with a side opening. Once the well is full, it bubbles violently through the top due to the energy in the waves. The water that gushes down again and returns to the well. This mechanism gives the unique appearance that the well never fills. Anyone wishing to observe this mechanism at work can do so while the tide is low.

The site is especially tempting for people who enjoy photography or those who are looking for strong emotions. The most spectacular views are seen at high tide or when there are storms. During these times, the water gains enough momentum and energy to fill the hole quickly and create powerful shoots at the top of the well.

25. Rowena Crest, Oregon


If you are looking for a relaxed and somewhat passive day trip, Rowena Crest is the perfect place to go. Take a constant drive from downtown Portland to the Rowena Crest viewpoint. Rowena Crest is a viewpoint from which we can enjoy the calls Rowena Loops, a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway or Highway 30 very close to the small town of Lyons and a few kilometers from The Dalles.

Here you can put together a picnic table, snacks and a book, or if you feel a bit more adventurous, put on your hiking boots and go for a walk. The hiking trails around Rowena Crest are gentle, easy and suitable for all fitness levels. Wherever you lock yourself is an impressive view of the landscape, each one more impressive than the previous one.
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2 comments:

  1. Great suggestions. I wish there were some photos.

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  2. I hope to visit all of these eventually, especially the Grand Canyon, Golden Gate Bridge and Statue of Liberty! I've been to Lincoln Memorial, Independence Park, Niagara Falls and through the Great Smokey Mountains!

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