90% of People Can't Name These Must See American Locations. Can You?

By: Jody Mabry

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America is one of the largest, yet youngest countries in the world. Despite its young age, America has a phenomenal number of monuments, memorials, and national parks. How many of these must see American sites can you name?

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, took more than 50 years to build and open to the public. The train station was a proposed location for the memorial.

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota is a massive accomplishment. Over 90% of Mount Rushmore was carved using dynamite. The blasts removed approximately 450,000 tons of rock. Details were finished with jackhammers and hand chisels.

The Liberty Bell in Pennsylvania is a symbol of American independence. The original cast was made in London, England, in 1752, by the company Lester and Pack. The strike note the Liberty Bell makes is E flat.

Channel Islands was established in 1980 and is off of the southern coast of California. The islands included are Anacapa, Santa Barbara, San Miguel, Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa.

The Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial in Washington, DC, is the only memorial dedicated to the 26th president in the nation’s capital. The architectural memorial and the restored natural landscape surrounding it together form a living memorial to the man known as the “Great Conservationist.”

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, is on land that was created by landfill, dredged from the Potomac River. It was once the site of Washington's most popular beaches. It was originally a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt.

Dry Tortugas has a popular diving spot at Loggerhead Reef, where there's a sunken ship that was built in 1875. Dry Tortugas Park includes multiple reefs and seven islands.

The Washington Monument in Washington, DC, is a monument that commemorates the presidency of George Washington. Plans for the monument began before Washington had become president. The original design was much different than the final product.

The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, DC, is a presidential memorial dedicated to the memory of FDR, the 32nd President of the United States, and to the era he represents. The monument, spread over 7.5 acres, traces 12 years of US history.

The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Hawaii is a US National Monument honoring events, people, and sites of the Pacific Theater engagement of the United States during World War II.

Death Valley was introduced as a national park in California in 1994. Death Valley is known for its sweltering hot temperatures; the hottest recorded temperature was 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in Missouri is host to the largest arch in the world. The arch is just as wide as it is tall, and visitors can ride to the top. Although the location was chosen for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial as early as 1935, the arch was not completed until 1965.

The Wright Brothers National Monument, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. Wilbur and Orville Wright chose the location based on information from the U.S. Weather Bureau about the area's steady winds.

The Caesar Rodney Statue in Delaware is dedicated to Caesar Rodney, who was a delegate from Delaware and served in the First and Second Continental Congress. Rodney also served as a militia commander in the American Revolutionary War.

Mount Rainier National Park was established in 1899 and is located southeast of Seattle. It last erupted in 1894, and is 14,411 feet in elevation.

This park was established in 1964 and is over 300,000 acres. The Green and Colorado Rivers come together here. The rivers make three divisions in the park; Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze are the names of the three divisions.

The Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a large ocean of lava in the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. The Monument was established on May 2, 1924. In November 2000, President Clinton greatly expanded the monument area.

People living in the ice age trekked here, making this park a popular historical site in addition to a popular winter sports site. The first group to summit the North Peak was in 1910; Denali is over 20,000 feet in elevation.

American Samoa National Park is 13,500 acres, with almost a third of that being marine acreage. Samoa means "sacred earth." Most of the islands have people living on them, but Rose Atoll is uninhabited.

The Fort Matanzas National Monument in Florida was designated a United States National Monument on October 15, 1924. The monument consists of a 1740 Spanish fort called Fort Matanzas, as well as about 100 acres of salt marsh and barrier islands.

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park crosses the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, and is over a half million acres. One interesting feature of the park is Cades Cove, a historical farming community.

This park was established in 1968 in northern Washington. A variety of wildlife lives here, including wolves, bears, and hundreds of different species of birds.

This park is in Utah, north of Moab. It was established in 1929, and has over 2,000 arches.

Kenai Fjords National Park is on the Kenai peninsula in southern Alaska. Sea otters, sea lions and black bears can all be seen here, as well as the large Exit Glacier.

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana preserves the site of the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn. It's also a memorial to those who fought in the battle: George Armstrong Custer's 7th Cavalry and Lakota-Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho force.

The Grand Canyon is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world, being 277 miles long and 18 miles across at the longest point in its gap. It is 6,000 feet deep, with the Colorado River running through it at the bottom.

Many films have been shot here, such as "Jurassic Park II" and "Star Wars." There are three "drive-thru trees" that visitors can drive their car through, since these trees can be up to 20 feet wide.

The Sioux Native Americans originally lived on this land. It's 244,000 acres; the hiking and biking trails make it easier for visitors to see the sites.

The Governors Island National Monument in New York is a site of the Native Americans in the Manhattan region referred to the island as Paggank or "nut island," likely after the island's plethora of hickory, oak, and chestnut trees.

The Dinosaur National Monument is located on the southeast flank of the Uinta Mountains, on the border between Colorado and Utah, near the Green and Yampa Rivers. This park has over 800 paleontological sites and fossils of dinosaurs, including Allosaurus, Deinonychus, and Abydosaurus.

Trail Ridge Road and Old Fall River Road are popular roads that allow visitors to see rivers and aspen trees. This park is located in northern Colorado and was founded in 1915. Longs Peak is the tallest point in the park.

This park is so large; it is about the size of the state of Connecticut! Because it is so remote, most visitors travel here by boat.

Devils Tower was the first National Monument in the United States, declared in 1906 by President Teddy Roosevelt. More than 150 rock climbing routes have been established on Devils Tower. Devils Tower is more than four football fields tall.

Spanish explorers thought the rock formations at Mesa Verde looked like tables, and since there was greenery on the formations they named the area "Mesa Verde." This park is known for its Puebloan cliff dwellings, which hosts the Long House, a cliff dwelling where tours are held. This park was established in 1906.

Saguaro National Park is in southern Arizona and is on both sides of Tucson. The Hohokam people lived here, an ancient people who left petroglyphs.

The Oak Alley Plantation is a historic plantation located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, in the community of Vacherie, St. James Parish. Oak Alley is named for its canopied path - a double row of southern oak trees about 800 feet long - that was planted in the early 18th century

Katmai National Park is on a peninsula in southern Alaska and has approximately 2,000 brown bears that it protects. There are also at least 14 active volcanoes to view, and opportunities for hiking, kayaking and canoeing.

There are almost 800 lakes in Glacier National Park, with many of them being unnamed. There are 175 named mountains and 25 named glaciers, with the largest being .7 square miles.

The Johnstown Flood National Memorial in Pennsylvania commemorates the 2,200 people who died in the Johnstown Flood on May 31, 1889, which was caused by a break in the South Fork Dam, a natural earth-made structure. This preserves the remains of the dam and portions of the former Lake Conemaugh bed.

The Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico is preserving history that extends back over 10,000 years, when nomadic hunter-gatherers followed migrating wildlife across the mesas and canyons. By 1150 CE, Ancestral Pueblo people began to build more permanent settlements.

Joshua Tree National Park is a rock climber's paradise as there are 8,000 rock climbing trails here. The park is named after the Joshua Tree, a tree that looks twisted and is full of bristles.

The Ocmulgee National Monument in Georgia is a prehistoric American Indian site. American Indians first came here during the Paleo-Indian period, hunting Ice Age mammals. Many different American Indian cultures occupied this land for thousands of years.

The Korean War Veterans Memorial was authorized by the U.S. Congress on October 28, 1986. The eventual design selected was by the firm Cooper-Lecky Architects. The walls of the triangle are made of more than 100 tons of highly polished Academy Black granite from California.

This park has coral reefs and islands, as well as dolphins and pelicans. There are also many dive sites here, most of them near shipwrecks.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was built without government funds. A college student won the memorial’s design contest. When the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was first dedicated three decades ago, Lin’s wall contained the names of 57,939 American servicemen that had lost their lives.

Shenandoah National Park is almost 200,000 acres, and had settlers residing in it for over a century before it was made into a park. When the park was established in 1935, the government converted a large amount of private land to a national park.

This park is located in northwest Wyoming and hosts the Teton Mountain Range. It also has Jackson Hole Valley and the Snake River.

Castillo De San Marcos, is located on the shore of Matanzas Bay in Florida. It is the oldest masonry fort in the United States.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that happened near Ohio's South Bass Island, where Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812.

Visitors can see eagles, deer and elk here. The Gunnison River runs through its canyon, which has walls that are over 2,700 feet tall.

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