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10 Places Every American Needs To Visit

Why travel around the world when there is so much history and beauty in our own backyard?

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1. Mount Rushmore

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Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the iconic carving pictures four of the greatest leaders of the nation. Complete with a museum and nightly light show, pictures don't do the masterpiece justice of its beauty and wonder.

2. Gettysburg

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Site of the deadliest battle in U.S. history, Gettysburg represents a sobering reminder of those brave souls who fought to ensure all were treated equal and is proof of just how far this nation has come.

3. Niagara Falls

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Located on the Canadian border between Buffalo and Toronto, the majestic falls present an unparalleled beauty. The falls represent a strong partnership between the two nations, providing power to over 3.8 million homes.

4. Boston

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Home to Harvard University and Fenway Stadium, the oldest ballpark in the U.S., Boston is a city perfect for any history buff. As the site of the Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, and Battle of Bunker Hill, Beantown played a key role in the lead-up to the American Revolution.

5. Grand Canyon

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Located in northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is often referred to as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The picturesque views show a beauty of the American southwest that is not seen anywhere else in the world.

6. The Alamo

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Located in San Antonio, Texa,s the Alamo was the site of a brutal 13-day siege by the Mexican army during the Texas Revolution. Although all the Texians were killed, the fervor they showed in never surrendering inspired the Texas army as they won their independence 46 days later.

7. Yellowstone National Park

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Encompassing most of northwestern Wyoming, Yellowstone was the first national park in the world. From its many different ecosystems to its crowd favorite geysers, Yellowstone is a must-see for all nature and animal lovers.

8. Las Vegas

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Known as the live entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas represents all of American decadence and thrives off it. One of the most visited cities in the world, Sin City is the perfect place for people to get away and leave all their troubles behind, claiming that "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."

9. Pikes Peak

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Located in central Colorado 80 mile south of Denver, Pikes Peak is over 14,000 ft. above sea level. After a windy 19-mile drive up to the summit, visitors are welcomed with breathtaking views of the Colorado landscape that inspired the song "America the Beautiful."

10. Washington D.C.

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America's capital, Washington D.C., is home to countless historical and informative sites. From monuments and museums showcasing our nation's history to the inner workings of the government of the most powerful nation in the history of the world, D.C. is a must-see for anyone interested in history.

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