From coast to coast the United States is brimming with unique, popular and touching landmarks. Whether they are man built, natural or even an entire city; there is no shortage of diversity in this country. From the highest mountain peak in the country to the launch of every US human space mission; here are the top landmarks that represent each state:
Alabama: Edmund Pettus Bridge
This bridge is located in Selma, Alabama and named after a former Confederate brigadier general who also led the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. The bridge was also the site of the famous Selma to Montgomery marches as well as ‘Bloody Sunday’, an incident where armed police officers attacked peaceful protesters with Billy clubs and tear gas. There is currently a campaign to change the name of the bridge.
Alaska: Mt. McKinley
It is the highest mountain peak in the United States and very well recognized around the world. 58% of climbers who attempt the summit make it to the top, but the mountain has claimed the lives of over 100 people in its history.
Arizona: Grand Canyon
This steep sided canyon that was carved from the Colorado River is visited by over five million tourists every year. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, one of the most photographed places in the US and boasts incredible sunsets that turn the red rocks into brilliant displays of color.
Arkansas: Hot Springs National Park
Nicknamed ‘The American Spa’ this national park surrounds the north end of the city of Hot Springs. History tells us that a town was built up around the hot springs to provide services for health seekers. It also happens to be the smallest national park in the US by area but one of the most easily available to visitors.
California: Golden Gate Bridge
This bridge is often referred to as the most beautiful bridge in the entire world. The bridge isn’t golden in color like you may expect but is actually bright orange, a color used to stick out during the foggy days. It opened in 1937 and spans the Golden Gate strait; the three mile long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.