Top 10 Man Made Landmarks in the United States

Ah yes America. The land of the free and home of the brave. We have a lot of cool buildings and structures in the States. Here are some of the best landmarks in America made by man. I would recommend visiting any of them and I know there’s plenty more out there worth a visit as well
The Top Ten
1 Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most instantly recognized landmarks in the World. A symbol of America and the land where immigrants are welcomed. The statue was a gift from France and was originally copper but turned to the green color we see today because of chemical reactions. It was delivered in 1886. The statue is 305 ft tall. It's a figure of the Roman Goddess Libertas and was sculpted by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. Few American icons are more instantly recognizable than the Statue of Liberty is. It's a monument on my bucket list for sure

Thank you France for such a beautiful monument. The Statue of Liberty is of course a symbol for liberty and freedom. One of the best landmarks on Earth.

I think that the Statue of Liberty will forever be the most iconic landmark in America, being well-known across the world and visited by many

It's interesting how this and the Eiffel Tower have the same man behind them

2 The White House

The White House has been an iconic part of our country as the residence of the President it has a lot of history behind it. When you see the White House you think about all the Presidents we have had in our history. Every President since John Adams has called the White House Home while in office. It was originally designed by Irish architect James Hoban in the neoclassical style. The current White House is actually not the same as the original due to the original version being burned down by the British Army when they came back and invaded Washington in the War of 1812. Reconstruction began almost instantly after and James Monroe moved into the Executive Residence in 1817 which is the main part of the building. The iconic Oval Office which is where the President does his executive actions, was first established by William Howard Taft however it was damaged in a fire. Franklin Roosevelt was the one that began the modern version of the Oval Office we are familiar with today. Some ...more

The White House is one of the most important and beautiful building in the world. It symbolizes America's leadership and endurance.

3 Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is located across the National Mall right by the Washington Monument. It is built in honor of the 16th President in a neoclassical style temple the designers were Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester it was constructed from 1914-1922. This was the site of Martin Luther King Jr's famous "I Have A Dream" speech. This monument is one of the most famous in the Nation's Capital

I would love to go to the Lincoln Memorial. The history behind the Capitol is so awesome.

4 Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was one of the first modern Skyscrapers and is located in Manhattan New York. It was constructed from 1930-1931 the building is 102 stories tall with a total height of 1,454 ft including its antenna. At one point in time it was the tallest building in the world until 1970 when the World Trade Center was built. Currently it is the 7th tallest building in the city on top of that it is very famous and has been featured in several movies

The Empire State Building represents the industrial and hard working side of the United States.

5 Mount Rushmore Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.

Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of Keystone South Dakota and honestly the fact that this was actually carved is an impressive feat on its own. This project originated in 1927 and wasn't finished until 1941. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was the one who created the design and oversaw the project. This project features 4 Famous US Presidents George Washington Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt chosen to represent America's Birth Growth Development and Preservation. Originally they were supposed to carve the President's faces to their waist but lack of funding forced them to stop construction. Other faces have been proposed including Susan B Anthony, John F Kennedy Ronald Regan and even Barack Obama

Rushmore is the only place on this list that I have been. Really cool place, and definitely worth the trip.

Mount Rushmore is fascinating. I've been there and it was definitely worth it.

6 Washington Monument

This monument is in honor of the first President and Commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolution: George Washington. Construction initially began in 1848 but was put on hold for 23 years due to a lack of funding and the Civil war it wasn't complete until 1885 and opened in 1888. It's quite a unique monument and one I'd like to visit someday

The Washington Monument is stunning. It is really a lot bigger than it looks. Obelisks are really cool regardless.

7 Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic bridges in the world representing San Francisco and California it carries US Route 101 and California State Route 1. Initially designed by Joseph Strauss in 1917. Construction lasted from 1933-1937 it's considered one of the wonders of the modern world and the fact the bridge has been standing for the last 80+ years is a testament to how much of a marvel it really is

The Golden Gate Bridge symbolizes the beauty of America and the opportunity it holds.

8 Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch in St Louis is a 630 ft tall structure that represents the American idea of Manifest Destiny or westward expansion. It is often called the "Gateway to the West" the design was created by architect Eero Saarinen it was constructed from 1963-1965 and officially opened in 1967. It has become a city icon and a state icon. Honestly it looks surprisingly modern for being made in the late 60s

The gateway to the West. It's actually a pretty cool view from the top as well.

9 Space Needle

The Space Needle is an observation tower located in Seattle and is an iconic futuristic structure that is really an icon for the entire Pacific Northwest it was built for the 1962 Worlds Fair it only took a year from when construction originally started to its initial opening day. The structure is 604 ft tall and the highest level is 515 ft off the ground and there's even a restaurant at the top

I remember visiting this landmark while on a trip to the U.S. Amazing view.

Built during the space age. Would be fitting in the year 2062.

The Space Needle looks so cool.

10 Hollywood Sign

Ah yes the Hollywood sign easily one of the most recognizable icons in American culture you know you're in America when you see this sign. It sits in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Hollywood Los Angeles. The letters are 45 ft tall and the sign is 350 feet long. The sign was originally made in 1923 as a advertisement for local real estate development however due to the increase of recognition the sign was left up as a result of the widespread recognizability and being visible from across the Los Angeles Basin, the sign has been a target of pranks and vandalism in the past. It has undergone restoration a few times over the years including the installation of a security system to deter future pranks and vandalism. You can actually hike up to the sign from Griffith Park where the sign is located on Mt Lee

See I think the Hollywood sign is pretty overrated just like the rest of California.

The Contenders
11 Chrysler Building
12 Hoover Dam

I have been here before when I was on vacation in 2015.

13 Palos Verdes Lighthouse
14 Hollywood Walk of Fame
15 World Trade Center
16 One World Trade Center
17 Brooklyn Bridge
18 Willis Tower
19 AT&T Building (Nashville)
20 The Pentagon
21 Fountains at Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
22 Clingmans Dome
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