1. The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is both exhilarating and dynamic at over 400km long, 18 miles wide, and 1.6km deep. The Grand Canyon is one of the most researched natural landscapes in the world, due to its geological importance. This is a great place if you’re interested in ecotourism. Five of the seven life zones contribute to its biological diversification. It is home to various plant, mammalian, bird, reptile, amphibian, and fish species.
Perhaps best recognized for its waterfalls, Yosemite National Park was first preserved in 1864. Profound valleys, glorious meadows, enormous sequoias, and fantastic mountain hikes reside within it’s 1200 square miles. Europeans began settling in the 1800s, and before that the land was home to the Ahwahneechee. The quest for riches and gold brought miners to the Sierra. Those historic mining sites can still be found today. Visiting Yosemite Park is one of the greatest adventures to be had in the US.
3. Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore is nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Its imperial elegance attracts almost 3,000,000 tourists a year. The ponderosa pine trees create a sweet smell in the air during the cool summer evenings.
4. Statue of Liberty
Recognized as a symbol of equality and opportunity, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of companionship from the people of France to the people of the United States. Allotted to the U.S. on October 28, 1886, it was declared a monument in 1924. Nearly 14,000,000 immigrants made their way to the United States by way of New York between 1886 and 1924. From base to torch she stands 151 feet.
5. Golden Gate Bridge
Because of its breathtaking location, harmonious lines, art deco illustrations, and symbolic color, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most remarkable and alluring bridges in the world. Also hailed as an engineering sensation, its towers span 700 feet high and about 100 feet underneath the bay.
Declared America’s premier national park in 1872, the bulk of the world’s geysers (including Old Faithful) are preserved at Yellowstone National Park. One of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone, Yellowstone is home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk.
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