- Statue of Liberty in New York
- Chinatown in New York
- Pentagon in Arlington
- Hollywood and The Walk of Fame in Los Angeles
- Niagara Falls
- Alcatraz in San Francisco
- Grand Canyon in Arizona
- Hoover Dam in Nevada
- Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
The diversity and originality of one of the largest and most influential countries of the Western Hemisphere are described by the classics, circulated in millions of films: one-story America, sky-high skyscrapers, luxury of villas, poor ghettos, a mysterious veil of the heritage of free masons, impregnable mountains and deep canyons. Visiting the United States of America, you can see almost all the variety of forms in which the modern world is rich, get acquainted with the life of the indigenous peoples of the mainland and the achievements of high technologies. Below is a list of 10 iconic places for the country.
Statue of Liberty in New York
"Freedom Illuminating the World" is one of the most recognizable sculptures in the world. This is a real colossus, set on Liberty Island and towering over Manhattan. A woman dressed in a tunic symbolically raises the torch of democracy and tramples on the shackles of slavery, and on the tablets clutched by her hands, you can see the date when the Declaration of Independence was adopted in the United States of America.
The entire space inside the Statue of Liberty is accessible to visitors: at different levels of the base, pedestal and the monument itself, there are many viewing platforms, but the most enchanting view opens from the seven-pointed crown. Through the internal space of the statue, you can climb numerous stairs, there is a lift.
The nearly 100-meter-high monument is considered the second tallest lighthouse in the country, although it is not officially included in the register of navigational structures.
Chinatown in New York
There are Chinatowns in many major cities, but Chinatown, which covers a large area of Manhattan, is definitely worth a visit. This is not only the Celestial Empire in miniature with numerous street shops, restaurants, hubbub and Asian flavors, but a kind of open-air museum of Chinese emigration in the USA.
The first Chinese to set foot on the American continent is A Ken, a businessman from Canton. It was around his small hotel and cigar shop that since 1840 Chinatown, the oldest and one of the largest in the Western Hemisphere, began to gradually expand and grow with new squares. Over time, the Confucius Plaza skyscraper was erected here, the sculptor Liu Shi installed a bronze monument to the Chinese sage, a museum of the history of the appearance of Chinese immigrants in the United States was opened, and places appeared where you can learn martial arts or master spiritual practices.
Pentagon in Arlington
It is difficult to find a person on any continent who has not heard of the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. The building of the shape of a regular pentagon, rising five stories up and going underground, according to official figures, two more, is the pride of Americans, a symbol of the protection of the state's borders. This is the largest single-owner office in the world, and it is believed that the underground part of the Pentagon is deepened by more than 10 floors, and an extensive network of underground tunnels allows you to get to quite remote parts of the state.
The interior of the building is designed so ergonomically that even with the gigantic size of the interior, you can get to any point in just seven minutes. Interestingly, during the construction of the Pentagon building, sanitary standards were more than twice exceeded, because various toilet rooms were built for employees with different skin colors (oh, these intolerant times!). The courtyard of the building in which the cafe is located was called "the epicenter" for its resemblance to a bunker - during the Cold War and the arms race it was believed that this is where a nuclear strike from US enemies could be directed in the first place.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when the Pentagon building was damaged, a memorial was opened here in memory of this event.
Hollywood and The Walk of Fame in Los Angeles
Hollywood beckons travelers to the United States with the opportunity to view the pavilions and scenery of cult films, accidentally bump into a world celebrity on the street, and see with their own eyes the place where one of the main awards of the world film industry - the Oscar - is awarded. The Walk of Fame is an integral part of the "dream factory": in terms of the number of visitors per year, this place is far ahead of many of the country's attractions.
The Walk of Fame, as it is sometimes called, was founded in 1953 and consists of two lanes along almost 20 Hollywood blocks. There are several thousand bronze stars awarded to all those who have made significant contributions to the film industry - not only actors and directors, but also musicians, movie heroes and even fictional characters.
A complex of several waterfalls of amazing beauty and grandeur is located on the border of Canadian Ontario and New York State in the USA. 3 wide cascades form a real miracle of nature, in terms of the volume of water passing through them, being the most powerful water flow on the American continent:
- "Horseshoe" - width 792 m
- American Falls - 323 m wide.
The discovery of Niagara Falls in 1604 is credited to Samuel de Champlain, an explorer and adventurer. From the language of the Indian tribe, on the ancestral lands of which the attraction is located, the word "Niagara" is translated as "a forked land". Nearby, the famous "Rainbow" bridge is thrown across the river, greenhouses, the royal park "Victoria" and a butterfly nursery are located. The waterfalls can be viewed from observation platforms or from the air by renting a helicopter.
Alcatraz in San Francisco
Thanks to the cult films "Escape from Alcatraz", "The Rock" and others, many associate this place with a prison located on an island in the San Francisco Bay. The famous criminals kept here, for example, Al Capone, also added glory to this prison. But the main popularity of the island is due to the fact that it is part of the Golden Gate National Reserve, where you can learn a lot of facts about the life of the indigenous peoples of the mainland, enjoy natural landscapes that have escaped the man-made influence of man.
Grand Canyon in Arizona
Almost 5 million years ago, due to a change in the relief of the earth's crust in the area of the Colorado plateau, the river of the same name began to cut through limestone rocks, a deep section was gradually formed, striking in its size:
- The canyon is 446 km long
- At the height of the plateau, the width varies from 6 to 29 km
- At the level of the Colorado River, the canyon is about one kilometer wide
- The lowest point is located at a depth of 1857 m.
The rock carvings of the Indians who lived on the territory of the current national park, found by scientists, were made more than 3 thousand years ago: the history of this place is reflected in hundreds of legends about the spirits and treasures of the Navajo tribe hidden here. The beauty of one of the deepest canyons on the planet attracts millions of tourists to the eastern United States every year.
Hoover Dam in Nevada
The construction of a colossal arch-gravity dam - one of the largest structures of this type in the world - began in 1931 under the patronage of the US Department of Internal Affairs, in 1981 it was included in the register of especially iconic landmarks of the country. The dam is located on the Colorado River in the Black Canyon area, has a height of 221 m, uniting into a single complex with a hydroelectric power plant. Due to its importance and size, it was named after the current President of the United States.
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota
The mountain and the adjacent territory are among the most significant places in the domestic and tourist life of the United States, because a huge bas-relief depicting the presidents of America has been carved from part of the rock mass. The composition of the sculptural portraits includes:
- Thomas Jefferson
- George Washington
- Abraham Lincoln
- Theodore Roosevelt.
The Indians inhabiting this area have long called the mountain "Six Forefathers", but the US authorities in 1930 decided to rename the mountain in honor of Charles Rushmore, a businessman and explorer who donated fabulous money for the construction of giant portraits at that time. The height of the mountain allows you to admire the immortalized rulers from a fairly large distance. Mount Rushmore in recent years has often been used to create Internet memes by many who want to add their face to the host of historical figures.
A region unique in its originality and beauty of the landscape, the northernmost and largest state in the United States. Alaska includes the mainland, the peninsula, the archipelagos of the Aleutian Islands and the Alexander Islands, and the Pacific coastal strip. The wide range of climatic zones within one state, the pristine nature of many parts of Alaska and the hospitality of local residents will make your visit an enjoyable and memorable experience.