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The most patriotic monuments in the USA

Published July 5th, 2016

Getting your kicks on Route 66, downing a hotdog in Central Park or taking a foggy stroll along San Fran’s famous Golden Gate Bridge, there’s no shortage of world-famous landmarks to entertain you in the good old US of A.

Today it’s time to reignite that Simpsons trivia, for here are the most patriotic, moving and popular monuments found in one of the world’s most patriotic countries.

Mount Rushmore, Keystone, SD

It took sculptor Gutzon Borglum and a 400-strong possie 14 years to build the 60-feet-high faces of formers presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt into the mountainside. Featured in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, satirically on the Simpsons and even replicated somewhat in Ritchie Rich (#80sflashback) – this giant work of art also attracts more than 2 million visitors each year.


 

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National September 11 Memorial, New York

A moving memorial to commemorate the terror attacks shook the world and to remember the some-3,000 lives lost at the World Trade Centre and at the Pentagon in 2001. The memorial features twin pools with the largest manmade waterfalls in North America right where the Twin Towers stood. Bronze panels list the names of everyone who died.

Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC

The 19-foot sculpture of Honest Abe gets more visitors – nearly 6 million a year – than any other US monument (even more than the Franklin Roosevelt monument, where you get to cool-off in the water fountains!). Overlooking the Reflecting Pool, Washington Monument and with a great view of the nation’s Capital, it’s here Dr Martin Luther King Jr gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech in the early 60s.


 

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Statue of Liberty, New York/New Jersey

Ask anyone to name an image that reminds them of the USA and many will say the Statue of Liberty. A gift from the French in camaraderie of freedom and liberty in 1886, 152-foot high Lady Liberty was once a beacon of hope to millions of immigrants and still greets some 4 million visitors each year.


 

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC

Out of all war memorials in the United States (World War II Memorial and Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington DC are also popular), the long walls of black granite with some 60,000 inscribed names of lives lost during the Vietnam War is perhaps the most moving and attracts the most visitors each year (around four million).

The White House, Washington DC

Conceived by President George Washington, who never actually got to live here, The White House features 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels (plus 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators). Home of many an important historical moment, person and scandal (and blown up/taken over/replicated in many an Hollywood blockbuster).



Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Gateway Arch), St Louis

More people visit this monument than the former president’s famous monument in Washington DC (Thomas Jefferson Memorial). The 630-foot-high arch marks the city’s role in the Westward Expansion of the United States as well as Jefferson’s initiative in opening the (wild, wild) West.

Liberty Bell, Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia

This famous 2,000-pound cracked bell attracts some 3.5 million visitors each year. After cracking under pressure for its first assignment, Liberty Bell was fixed and hung in Independence Hall and made famous with a ring to “proclaim liberty throughout the land” during a reading of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. It is now housed in a glass gazebo on the site.


 

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The Freedom Trail, Boston

Not a monument itself, but take a walk along the red lines of the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail in Boston will give you a glimpse into the Revolutionary War (the America Revolution between 1765 and 1783) and past 16 locations of significance including the Bunker Hill monument site of the famous battle.


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Jolee Wakefield

A seasoned backpacker and travel writer, Jolee has spent the past decade wandering the globe in pursuit of good vibes, unusual conversations and unforgettable adventures like cave diving in Mexico, mountain climbing in Borneo and learning (failing at) local dances in the Pacific nation of Kiribati.

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