When planning a vacation to the U.S., there are numerous cities and attractions to visit. Each state has something special to offer, but there are several specific landmarks you should put on your bucket list. These places are what make America such an iconic place; and they’ll make your visit worthwhile.
So here are the top 5 places to visit:
- The Statue of Liberty (New York City, New York)
New York City is one of the most popular destinations to visit. People all over the world come here to see a number of landmarks, see Broadway shows, experience dining at it’s finest and shop to they drop. The hustle and bustle of this place is what makes it magical and it’s what many often first think about when they think of the U.S.
In New York City is the Statue of Liberty. Lady Liberty, as she’s known, is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. She was given as a gift to the U.S. from France in 1886. The architect is the same guy as the one who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Lady Liberty is a symbol of freedom. And when people immigrated to New York, she was the first to meet them. Today, visitors can a harbor cruise to see the statue on Liberty Island. Once there, you can go to the top of the statue and view the city from above.
- Empire State Building (New York City, New York)
Also located in New York City is the Empire State Building. It once was the tallest skyscraper in the world—a great accomplishment at that time. Although it isn’t the tallest building now, it’s still the most popular one. After the collapse of the World Trade Towers in 9-11, due to the terrorist attacks, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty are what continue to stand out most in people’s minds.
- Golden Gate Bridge (San Francisco, California)
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the sprawling state of California. Located in the Northern part of the state in the city of San Francisco, is this magnificent bridge that is nearly 2 miles long. One thing to note is it’s rich red/orange color and it’s architecturally impressive design.
The Golden Gate Bride provides passage through the Golden Gate Strait. It’s a wonderful experience to cross the bridge and then park the car to see the surrounding area of the Bay. There are hiking and biking trails that you can take—and it’s completely free to do. Everything is lush and great; the breeze there is invigorating.
- Space Needle (Seattle, Washington)
Seattle is known for two things: 1) the rain and 2) its Space Needle. If you’ve ever seen the movie, “Sleepless in Seattle” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, than you know exactly how the Space Needle looks like. Tourists can come here and go up to the observation deck and ascend to the top (520 feet). You’ll have to purchase tickets, but the experience is certainly worthwhile. Up in the tower at 500 feet is the SkyCity Restaurant, which revolves around the tower for some amazing views.
- Mount Rushmore (Keystone, South Dakota)
Not many things are in South Dakota, but the one thing it provides is one of the most iconic landmarks of all the U.S. and that is Mount Rushmore. Mount Rushmore is at the top of the Black Hills and features presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
Gutzon Borglum, a famous sculpture, designed it and it was completed in 1941. What makes this landmark so impressive is its location—the carving on a mountain within a national park. It’s a contrast that you wouldn’t expect to see in that type of geographical location. Tours are provided to see the monument as well as learn about its history.
Wherever you live in the UK, experience a trip to the U.S. that is as impressive as they come. These landmarks are beautiful and part of a rich history. And when you go, you need to trust that your home will be well protected during your journey. A note to those in Spanish countries: Si te vives en un país como España (en ciudades como Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla o Granada), puedes ver si hay ADT equipment en su zona. It’s time to travel—and do so without a worry!