If you live in America, there are 10 structures you absolutely must see. While many of us dream of traveling the world, we may not realize that we’re missing out on some great American architecture right here in our own country.
10. Mackinaw Bridge
The Mackinaw Bridge, affectionately referred to as “the Big Mack” here in Michigan, connects the Lower Peninsula to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Each year on Labor Day, there is an annual ‘bridge walk’ held on the Big Mack – a perfect opportunity to see two of the five Great Lakes in a single visit.
9. St. Louis Arch
Famous as the “Gateway to the West,” the St. Louis structure is a tribute to the determination of Americans past, present, and future. The Gateway Arch is an amazing piece of American architecture, and it is a place that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
8. Golden Gate Bridge
One of the symbols of California, the Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge that spans almost 9,000 feet in total length. This famous structure isn’t actually painted gold; it is actually painted a vibrant red color. If you’re only in California once, be sure to stop into San Francisco to see the Golden Gate Bridge.
7. Capitol Building
The center of the US government begins at the Capitol Building. Located in Washington, D.C., it was originally built in 1793 and has been revamped and reconstructed several times throughout history. Several presidents have walked the halls of the Capitol Building and you’re sure to feel a rush of energy just being in its presence.
6. Chrysler Building
Once the “World’s Tallest Building,” the Chrysler Building is a real tribute to the Art Deco period of architecture. The large Art Deco styled spire makes it one of the most well recognized buildings of American culture.
5. Empire State Building
While you’re in New York visiting the Chrysler Building, be sure to stop by the Empire State Building – which stole the title of the “World’s Tallest Building” just months after the completion of the Chrysler Building. The Empire State Building is a true icon of American history and every American should see it at least once in their lifetime.
4. Sears Tower
At 1,450 feet, the Sears Tower is one of Chicago’s most renowned buildings. Completed in 1973, the Sears Tower held the title of “World’s Tallest Building” for 25 years.
3. Route 66
After you visit the Sears Tower, hop onto Route 66. This famous highway begins in Chicago, passes through St. Louis (so you can see the Arch!) and continues on through Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and finally ends in Los Angeles, California.
2. Mount Rushmore
Bearing the faces of George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, Mount Rushmore is one of the most famous of all American structures. If you only have the option to see a few of America’s great historical monuments, be sure to see Mount Rushmore.
1. Statue of Liberty
The most famous of the American structures is the Statue of Liberty. The history of this structure is fairly well known; as it is one of the first and most important things immigrants saw when they first came to America. It was a symbol of so many things for so many people. If you only see one historical monument in America, make it the Statue of Liberty.
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SearsTower.com; “Big on Ideas”
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MackinawBridge.org; “The 52nd Annual Mackinaw Bridge Walk”