7 Man-Made Wonders of the US to Consider Visiting on Holiday
America’s ‘can-do’ spirit has resulted in an extraordinary array of man-made wonders. It’s no surprise then, that the country’s architectural marvels rate as some of the most-visited sites in the world. How will you decide which to see, on your next trip to the states?
Here’s a look at 7 of the most remarkable, to help you decide.
The Empire State Building
A structure that literally defines the New York City skyline, the Empire State Building has appeared in more movies than the most popular stars. It opened in 1931 during the Great Depression and reaches a height of 1,250 feet. At the time, that made it the tallest building in the world. Located in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, head to the 86th and 102nd floor observatories for panoramic views of the city. If you’re looking for a romantic spot to propose to your loved one, sunset is the time to go.
Possibly the most recognisable structure for tourists in the city, the Washington Monument was built to commemorate President George Washington’s outstanding military and political leadership. It’s built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk and, at the time of its completion in 1884, it was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet.
When you’re living it up in Vegas, Hoover Dam is a must-see tourist attraction. Attracting thousands of visitors a year, the dam named after President Herbert Hoover is an achievement of construction that, at the time of completing in 1935, was the largest dam in the world. It used to be called Boulder Canyon Dam, as well as Boulder Dam and it’s a National Historic Landmark.
Who hasn’t pictured themselves strolling across Brooklyn Bridge on the first big trip to New York?, According to History.com, the bridge that links Manhattan and Brooklyn took 14 years to construct by 600 workers, at the cost of $15 million. One of the most photographed scenes in the city, take your snaps from different angles to make the most of the iconic, skyline feature.
The famous Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle that soars into the sky like an otherworldly path to the stars. The top of the Space Needle reaches 605 feet and the observation deck is at 520 feet. When you visit, you can enjoy the SkyCity Revolving restaurant and the SpaceBase Retail Shop, as well as phenomenal views of Elliott Bay, far below.
Golden Gate Bridge
Bathed in mist or glowing in the midday sun, the Golden Gate Bridge was once called, ‘the bridge that couldn’t be built’ and now serves as one of San Francisco’s most loved attractions. It crosses the strait of the Golden Gate to the Marin headlands and it opened in 1937. There’s pedestrian and cyclist access on the sidewalks and lookout points along the way.
To see the immortalised faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, visit the southeastern face of Mount Rushmore, in Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota. The iconic memorial was completed in 1941 and, now, millions of visitors per year make it one of America’s most popular tourist attractions.