A quick list of some ideas for visiting historical sites USA

statue of liberty

Top Historical sites USA:

Statue of Liberty: Ellis Island, New York (www.nps.gov/stli): Aside from the US flag, Lady Liberty is the other famous symbol of freedom. The statue was given as a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the United States. Interesting factoid: According to the website, Statue of Liberty Facts, the seven spikes on her crown represent either the Seven Seas or the seven continents.

Mt. Rushmore: Keystone, South Dakota (www.nps.gov/moru): This is the largest work of art on earth. Each face is 60 feet high. It is said that if the bodies were fully carved, they would stand 465 feet tall.

Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon, Arizona (www.nps.gov/grca): Grand Canyon has formed about 5 million years ago and some of the rocks on the bottom may be as old as 2 billion years. The Inner Canyon is only accessible by mule or rafting the Colorado River, which flows through the Canyon.

Liberty Bell: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell.html): The bell rang in E flat and cracked the first time that it was rung. There are three known recordings of the bell; two of which were made in the 1940s for radio stations and the third is said to be owned by Columbia Records.

Independence Rock: Casper, Wyoming (https://wyoparks.wyo.gov/index.php/places-to-go/independence-rock): A landmark for pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail. People scratched or painted their names on the rock and the names still visible today.

Historical Places to See

Boston Public Garden: Boston, Massachusetts: The first botanical garden in the United States, many visitors enjoy riding in the Swan boats (617-522-1966; www.swanboats.com).

Grauman's Chinese Theater: Hollywood, California (http://www.tclchinesetheatres.com): From movie premiers to footprints of the famous, a visit to Hollywood is not complete with a stop by Grauman's, an institution of Hollywood's past and present.

Kennedy Space Center: Cocoa Beach, Florida (321-449-4444; (www.kennedyspacecenter.com): Explore America's space program through an in-depth tour and you can even have lunch with an astronaut.

Grand Ole Opry: Nashville, Tennessee (615-871-OPRY; (www.opry.com): Still going strong at 80 years, the Opry has hosted some of country music greats throughout its history.

Hoover Dam: Las Vegas, Nevada (702-294-3517; (https://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/service/index.html): If it wasn't for the Dam, there really wouldn't be a Las Vegas, or any of the cities in the southwest. This greatest engineering work built-in 1937 is the number one sightseeing attraction in Nevada.

Ideas for Places to Visit

Ghost Towns: And you probably thought that Ghost Towns only exist in old western movies. Actually, every state in the U.S. has a ghost town on two, but the highest concentration can be found out west. In fact, Route 66, the Mother Road, is filled with ghost towns, especially around Arizona. To find a ghost town nearby, visit www.ghosttowns.com and www.legendsofamerica.com.

Park ItDisneyland(714-781-4565; (https://disneyland.disney.go.com/) in Anaheim, California, is turning 50; Dollywood(865-428-9488; www.dollywood.com), in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, is turning 20; and Coney Island(718-372-5159; www.coneyisland.com) in Brooklyn, New York, which holds the distinction of America's first playground is still going strong. No doubt about it, theme and amusement parks are a slice of Americana, second to ice cream and apple pie. While experts can not agree on the exact count of theme and amusement parks in the U.S., more than likely you can find one (or two) that everyone will enjoy.

There's Gold and Gems in Those Hills (or Flat Lands): 

From gems to gold, America is the land of opportunity to strike it rich, or at least take home a memorable souvenir. Pan for gold in California's Gold Country(https://visitgoldcountry.com) in such places as Gold Prospecting Adventures(209-984-4653; www.goldprospecting.com) in Jamestown, and Sutter Gold Mines (866-762-2837; www.caverntours.com). Gold can even be found far south as Dahlonega, Georgia aThe Consolidated Gold Mine(706-864-8473; www.consolidatedgoldmine.com). Whether it is rubies, emeralds, opals, or topaz you are after, North Carolina: Franklin Gem Mine (https://franklin-chamber.com/gem-mines-north-carolina/) is the place to go gem mining.

Historic Towns in the US

Step back into the colonial period in Colonial Williamsburg(800-HISTORY; www.history.org) in Williamsburg, Virginia, where history comes alive in reenactments and stories. You can not get away from history in Boston, Massachusetts (www.bostonusa.com) - there are historical sites everywhere you look. Florida happens to be the home of the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine (www.oldcity.com). If your family is traveling in the Southwest, visit San Antonio, Texas, home of the Alamo (www.thealamo.org).

Big or small, tall or large, there is a lot to see in America. Don't wait - get started


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