In the year of 1886, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States as a present from France to memorialize the friendship the two endured during the American Revolution. Now it has been a near-universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The statue was once colored copper and has turned green with years of weather and sea exposure. The change has since helped further her iconic state. And this green lady has over years welcomed all who sailed into the country.
Situated on the shores of the Potomac River, the National Mall is a national park in downtown Washington, D.C., the country’s capital. The National Mall is home to a lot of the country’s most famous monuments and memorials. The Lincoln, Jefferson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials all reside here. It is also home to many popular museums including the National Museum of American History, National Museum of Natural History, etc. Every year, millions of people visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks to recreate, to commemorate presidential legacies, to honor American nation’s veterans, to make their voices heard, and to celebrate the nation’s commitment to freedom and equality.
Located just north of Custer State Part in South Dakota’s Black Hills National Forest, Mount Rushmore is America’s Shrine of Democracy. The southeastern face of Mount Rushmore is the site of four gigantic carved sculptures depicting the faces of great American presidents who represent the history of the nation’s first 150 years: they separately represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. Nearly three million people come to here each year to experience the American history up close with the rich heritage we all share.
Built in 1935 near Boulder City, Hoover Dam has been named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20 Century. The Hoover Dam is just situated in Black Canyon between Arizona and Nevada on U.S. 93, about 30 minutes from Las Vegas. Filled with history and a colossal view, this awesome engineering marvel attracts more than a million visitors a year. Talk about a huge piece of construction, it is sure that the Hoover Dam is something you won’t soon forget.
This suspension bridge connecting San Francisco with Marin County is a technical masterpiece that can only be described in superlative terms. The Golden Gate Bridge was the world’s longest and tallest bridge when it was completed in 1937. The Golden Bridge designed by engineer Joseph Strauss has enjoyed worldwide fame since its completion. Not only because it was breaking records, but also thanks to the elegant Art Deco design of the two great towers and the magnificent surroundings including the coves, forested bluffs on Marin County, the islands of Alcatraz, numerous sailboats, barges, kite-surfers, and even frolicking seals. The eye-catching orange-red color, which is officially known as International Orange, also helped the popularity of the bridge. The color was designed by engineer Irving Morrow, and he thought the traditional gray color was too boring.