In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey across the United States and show you the best landmarks in each state. We’ve selected 20 iconic destinations to visit in all 50 states, with plenty of photos and tips for each one. We’ll start near the Atlantic Ocean and head west across America’s great landmarks before ending up at the Pacific shoreline.
The Gateway Arch, St. Louis
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot monument that stands tall above the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It was built as part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and completed on October 28, 1965. The arch was designed by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen in 1947 and construction began in 1963; it took just over two years to complete.
The structure itself is an inverted parabola (think parabolic curve) made of steel cables held together by tensioned strands wrapped around its supporting structure–the legs are each made up of two legs connected at their bases by four steel cables that form a cross shape when viewed from above or below. This design allows for minimal maintenance costs since there are no joints where water could collect during rainstorms; instead, any moisture drains through grates in each leg’s base so that no corrosion occurs inside them over time due to prolonged exposure to high humidity levels like those found inside most buildings constructed using concrete walls instead of metal ones such as these ones here at home!
The Alamo, San Antonio, TX
The Alamo is the most famous battle site in Texas. It’s also one of the most iconic landmarks in America.
The Alamo was originally built as a mission by Spanish priests in 1718, but it eventually fell into disrepair after being abandoned for about two centuries. In 1836, Mexican troops attacked and took over the Alamo–and shortly thereafter lost it again to forces led by Sam Houston during what would become known as “The Battle of San Antonio de Bexar.” Today, visitors can tour through many different parts of this historic complex: there are exhibits on both sides’ perspectives; an interactive museum; artifacts like weapons used during both battles (including Davy Crockett’s musket); and more!
If you’re planning a trip to San Antonio anytime soon (or even if not), make sure your itinerary includes time spent at this national treasure!
Statue of Liberty, New York City
In New York City, you can marvel at the Statue of Liberty. This colossal neoclassical sculpture is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, and was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. The statue was a gift from the people of France to the people of America; it was dedicated in 1886 after being shipped over from Paris.
The Statue of Liberty stands 151 ft (46 m) tall with an arm span measuring 106 ft (32 m). It weighs 450 short tons (409 t), including its base which sits on bedrock 22 ft (7 m) below sea level. Its copper skin covers an iron skeleton that contains 895 pieces, all assembled with rivets and bolts rather than welding.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota
If you’re looking for the quintessential American experience, look no further than Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The sculpture is carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. The memorial features 60-foot (18 m) sculptures of four former presidents: George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It was started in 1927 and completed in 1941 (although some work continues today).
Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
The Grand Canyon is one of the most visited national parks in the United States, receiving over 5 million visitors each year. Located in northwestern Arizona, this park was established in 1919 and named after its famous landmark: a gorge carved by the Colorado River. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and 6,000 feet deep at its deepest point (more than 1 mile). It contains two billion years’ worth of geological history–from ancient sea life fossils to lava flows from eruptions that occurred just last century!
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming / Montana / Idaho
Yellowstone National Park is a national park located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. It was the first national park in the world, established by Congress in 1872. The park covers over 2 million acres (8,000 km2) and contains superlatives like Old Faithful Geyser and Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
Yellowstone is home to an abundance of wildlife including bison (commonly called buffalo), elk, grizzly bears, wolves and more than 175 bird species.
Washington Monument, Washington D.C.
There’s no better way to get a sense of the United States’ history than by visiting some of its most iconic landmarks. From coast to coast, there are hundreds of places that tell stories about America’s past, present and future. The Washington Monument in Washington D.C., for example, was built to honor our first president (and his wife) on Independence Day in 1884. It stands 555 feet tall–the tallest stone structure in the world–and features marble walls inside its base that depict scenes from American history.
USS Constitution Museum and Old North Church, Boston MA
USS Constitution Museum and Old North Church, Boston MA
The USS Constitution Museum and Old North Church are two of the most iconic landmarks in America. They are located in Boston, Massachusetts and are considered to be historic sites that attract tourists from all over the country. Both of these landmarks were built during colonial times and have been preserved as museums since then.
Graceland Mansion & Memphis Zoo, Tennessee
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Mansion, located in Memphis Tennessee, is the home of one of America’s most iconic celebrities. Elvis’ grave is in the Meditation Garden, and his car collection can be seen on display throughout the mansion. The Jungle Room has a wall of windows that look out onto Elvis’ swimming pool and garden area.
Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon Skywalk, Arizona/Nevada border line
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the US states of Arizona and Nevada. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression as part of an effort to provide employment for thousands of people who were out of work, as well as to control flooding along the river.
Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, which was named after Elwood Mead who was responsible for its creation. The reservoir has many recreation areas including beaches at Lake Mohave and Callville Bay (which is also known as “Callville Bay Marina”). The marina offers boat rentals for both personal watercrafts and fishing boats. For hikers there are several trails around Hoover Dam including one that follows along high cliffs overlooking Black Canyon
As you can see, there are many iconic landmarks in America. We hope this guide has inspired you to explore our great country and experience some of its most famous sites for yourself!