Top 10 iconic places to see in the USA

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Top 10 iconic places to see in the USA

The United States of America is a vast country of 50 states in North America, often referred to as the "USA", the "U.S.", the "United States", or simply "America". The USA is awe-inspiring ingenuity. With the Statue of Liberty as a national icon, the United States is widely known as the Land of Liberty. The United States of America is a place of infinite beauty and extraordinary diversity. With famous cities, rich history, epic landscapes, iconic landmarks, pop culture icons and enthusiastic locals, the United States has got something for everyone.

Here is the list of the Top 10 iconic places to see in the United States of America:

1. The Statue of Liberty

Cover Photo: The Statue of Liberty
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The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World) is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty, entitled as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York City, United States. This copper statue was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States. It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.

The Statue of Liberty is more than a monument. It is a figure of a robed woman representing Libertas, a Roman liberty goddess. She holds a torch above her head with her right hand, and in her left-hand carries, a tabula ansata inscribed in Roman numerals with "JULY IV MDCCLXXVI" (July 4, 1776), the date of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The seven points on the Statue of Liberty's crown represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world.

The Statue of Liberty is one of the most popular tourist attractions of New York City, and the United States itself. The statue became an icon of freedom and the United States and is a welcoming sight to immigrants arriving from abroad.

Days Open: Daily (Closed on December 25, Christmas Day)
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004, USA

2. The White House

Cover Photo: The White House
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The White House, formerly known as the Executive Mansion, is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Irish-born James Hoban designed the white house.

The term White House is often used as a metonym for the president and his advisers. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800. It remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

Days Open: Daily (Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25,   Christmas Day)
Timings: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Address: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500, USA

3. Independence Hall

Cover Photo: Independence Hall
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The Independence Hall, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence (1776) and the United States Constitution (1787) were debated, adopted, and signed. The Independence Hall is a red brick building, built between 1732 and 1753, designed in the Georgian style by Edmund Woolley and Andrew Hamilton.

The Independence Hall is a United States national landmark located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is now part of the larger Independence National Historical Park which also includes the Liberty Bell, the Independence Visitor Center, and the National Constitution Center, along with many other historic buildings and educational centres.

Days Open: Daily (Closed on December 25, Christmas Day)
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

4. The Golden Gate Bridge

Cover Photo: The Golden Gate Bridge
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The Golden Gate Bridge is the tallest bridge in the United States. It is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The Golden Gate Bridge opened to the public in 1937.

The bridge is a much-loved symbol of San Francisco, California, United States. It is an iconic piece of architecture around the world. It has endured as a picture-perfect landmark and an engineering marvel. The Golden Gate Bridge is undoubtedly an amazing attraction in the USA.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 5:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
                   Fee for tolls and vehicle rentals
Address: Lincoln Boulevard, near Doyle Drive and Fort Point, San Francisco, CA 94129 USA

5. Grand Canyon

Cover Photo: Grand Canyon
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The one great sight which every person should see while in the United States is the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. It is noted for its fantastic shapes and colouration.

The Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. It is on almost every traveller's bucket list. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters). The sheer majesty and beauty of the Grand Canyon are unsurpassed. It is truly breath-taking. Attracting millions of visitors every year, the Grand Canyon is one of the best places to visit in the USA.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: $15.00
                   Free for children up to 15 years old and younger
Address: 20 South Entrance Road, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023, USA

6. Niagara Falls

Cover Photo: Niagara Falls
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Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls. It is collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between the Canadian province Ontario and the American state of New York. From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.

Niagara Falls is famed both for its beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: Free (There’s a fee if you want to experience the fall through various attractions.)
Address: 24 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14303, USA

7. Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Cover Photo: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a massive sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore, a batholith in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, United States. America's Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. These majestic figures represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of the country. In short, Mount Rushmore National Memorial is the American history that is alive in stone.

Mount Rushmore is 5,725 feet (1,745 m) above sea level. Sculptor Gutzon Borgulum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son, Lincoln Borgulum.

Mount Rushmore is an iconic symbol of the United States, and it attracts over million visitors annually. The site also features a museum with interactive exhibits.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 5:00 am to 11:00 pm
                October 1 - March 11: 5:00 am to 9:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
                   Fees only for parking:
                   Private Vehicles - $10.00
                   Commercial Bus - $50.00
                   School Bus - $25.00
Address: 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD 57751, USA

8. Yellowstone National Park

Cover Photo: Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the United States and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is a national treasure. It is nearly 3,500-sq.-mile wilderness recreation area atop a volcanic hot spot.

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yellowstone National Park features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. It's also home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: Open 24 hours
Entry Fee: $15 for Individual (by foot, bicycle, ski, etc.)
                   $30 for Private, non-commercial vehicle
                   $25 for Motorcycle or snowmobile
                   The entry pass is valid for 7 days from the date of purchase.
Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA

9. Fort McHenry

Cover Photo: Fort McHenry
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Fort McHenry is a National Monument and a Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It is a historical American coastal pentagonal bastion fort best known for its role in the War of 1812.

Fort McHenry was named for James McHenry, the Nation’s second Secretary of War. It is the birthplace of country’s national anthem.

Days Open: Daily (Closed on January 1, Thanksgiving, and December 25, Christmas Day)
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Entry Fee: $10 for adults 16 years of age and older
                   Free for children up to 15 years and younger
Address: 2400 East Fort Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA

10. The Space Needle

Cover Photo: The Space Needle
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Standing tall against the backdrop of the city skyline, the Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle, Washington, a landmark of the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1962, the Space Needle has since become the icon of the Seattle landscape. Visitors can reach the top of the Space Needle by elevators that travel at 10 miles per hour (4.5 m/s). The journey takes 41 seconds.

The Space Needle stands 605 feet tall and is 138 feet wide. The structure can withstand winds of up to 200 miles per hour, as well as earthquakes of up to 9.1 magnitudes, weighing 9,550 tons. The original nickname of the Space Needle was “The Space Cage”. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It is one of the top tourist destinations in the city, where visitors can view Mount Rainier, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
Entry Fee: $36 General Valet
                   $13 Sky City Guests
                   $26 Observation Deck Guests
                   $26 Chihuly Garden and Glass Guests
                   All rates valid for 3 hours. Thereafter, $3 for each additional hour.
Address: 400 Broad St, Seattle, WA 98109, USA

So these are the top 10 iconic places to see in the USA, listed by Travelxo.

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