Taking Your Car to the Best US Landmarks and Attractions
A road trip is one of many great American pastimes. It can be a great vacation, more affordable than air travel, and even educational depending on the locations you visit. This country has may beautiful national and state parks as well as monuments, museums, and historic buildings. The next time you go on a road trip, consider visiting some of these landmark locations.
September 11th Memorial, New York, New York
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which is also called the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, is located in the heart of New York City and commemorates the September 11th attacks that occurred in 2001 with nearly 3,000 lives lost.
For more information, visit:
- 9/11 Memorial & Museum: Memorial
Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
For a travel stop with a lot of history, consider Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It is the location in which both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were adopted.
To learn more, got to:
- National Park Service: Independence Hall
Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
In the Black Hills of South Dakota, you can find the massive carved 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
To learn more about the national memorial, visit:
- National Park Foundation: Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
Taos Pueblo's is a tribal area with a long history. Its most well-known feature is a multi-storied residential complex of reddish-brown adobe that was built sometime between the year 1000 and 1450.
Learn more about the location at:
- Taos Pueblo: Welcome to Taos Pueblo
The White House, Washington DC
George Washington chose the White House location in 1792. President John Adams moved into the completed construction in 1800. Since then, it has been an integral part of US history.
For more information, visit:
- The White House: The White House building
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo Mission is a Spanish mission and compound that was built by Roman Catholic missionaries in the 1700s. It was originally built for the education of local tribes after their conversion to Christianity.
To learn more about the Alamo, go to:
- The Alamo: Virtual tour
Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
The Gettysburg National Military Park has preserved the majority of the Gettysburg Battlefield and many of the support areas for the battle. It is also home to the Gettysburg National Cemetery and the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.
Plan your visit at:
- Gettysburg Foundation: Plan your visit
Statue of Liberty, New York City
The Statue of Liberty was a gift to America by the French. It was designed by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi. It stands on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor and can be reached by ferry.
Learn more at:
Mystic Seaport, Connecticut
The Mystic Seaport is well worth a visit. It is the largest maritime museum in the country with an extensive collection of restored boats and historic seafaring village buildings.
Find out more about the museum at:
- Mystic Seaport Museum: Explore
National Mall, Washington DC
This Washington DC location is a landscaped park near the downtown area. The term National Mall is often used to refer to the large space containing the Washington Monument between the Lincoln Memorial and the United States Capitol grounds. It is also bordered by the Smithsonian, as well as other museums and art galleries.
Learn about the history of the National Mall at:
- Mall History: Were there buildings where museums are now?
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam, Nevada
The Grand Canyon is a steep canyon going down nearly 6,100 feet. The canyon is spectacularly large measuring 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. In addition to sightseeing, which is well worth the visit alone, there are also opportunities to go rafting or hiking.
Learn about the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam at:
- Grand Canyon Conservancy: Canyon facts
- US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation: Hoover Dam historical information
Yellowstone National Park, WY
This large national park spans the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It was the first national park to be established in the country. It is known for its wildlife, but notably for the Old Faithful geyser and other geothermal features caused by the supervolcano on which the park sits.
Learn more about Yellowstone at:
- My Yellowstone: Yellowstone 101
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA
The French Quarter is the oldest part of New Orleans. Many of the buildings were built in the 1700s and 1800s. One of the best parts of this historical area is that it is still an active area today, with many festivals throughout the year, including the popular Mardi Gras celebration.
For more information, go to:
- New Orleans: French Quarter
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL
This Air Force station is part of the United States Air Force Space Command's 45th Space Wing. Over the years, many space explorations started their journeys from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Before you visit, learn about it at:
- Air Force Space and Missile Museum: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Gateway Arch, MO
This 630-foot monument is hard to miss when you drive into St. Louis. It is the world’s tallest arch and was dedicated to the American people when it was built.
For information, go to:
- Gateway Arch: About
Glacier National Park, MT
The Glacier National Park spans more than one million acres. It has more than 130 named lakes and hundreds of species of animals.
Learn about the park at:
- Montana Office of Tourism: Glacier National Park
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
The Golden Gate Bridge is a one-mile wide suspension bridge that links San Francisco and Marin County. It is one of the most photographed bridges in the world.
To learn more about the bridge, visit:
- Presidio Trust: Golden Gate Bridge
Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY
The Niagara Falls State Park has several popular attractions including the Cave of the Winds that can be found behind the Bridal Veil Falls. You can also find Prospect Point, the Niagara Discovery Center, and the Aquarium of Niagara.
To learn more, go to:
- New York State: Niagara Falls State Park
Historic Route 66
Established in 1926, historic Route 66 was one of the original US highways. It originally ran from Chicago to Santa Monica in Los Angeles and spanned nearly 2,500 miles.
For information, visit:
- California Historic Route 66 Association: Maps and guides
Everglades National Park, Florida
The Everglades National Park is the largest tropical wilderness in the country. Within it, alligators, a variety of birds, and other wildlife can be spotted.
To learn about the park, visit:
- Florida National Parks Association: The Everglades National Park