Seven of the United States most patriotic destinations
In celebration of the July 4th National Independence Day for America, this month we are featuring seven of the most patriotic destinations in the United States. It's a great time of year to visit the States, as it's Summer in the Northern hemisphere. The weather is warm and generally sunny in most parts of the country and the spirit of patriotism is swarming.
1. Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota. What greater way can a country's patriotism be expressed than by a giant sculpture of presidents' heads carved into a mountain face? This impressive memorial of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln spans 2 sq miles (over 5 sq km), rises 60-ft high (or 18 m) and took about a decade to create.
2. The Statue of Liberty in the heart of New York City, New York. A gift to the Unites States from France, the statue rests in the middle of New York Harbor and represents the Roman goddess Libertas, who stands for liberty and is a symbol of America’s freedom and independence. The statue bears a torch and tablet upon which the date of the country’s Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776, is inscribed. Made from pure copper, Lady Liberty’s outer color is due to a green film that forms when copper reacts with the air. This green layer actually acts to protect and preserve the metal underneath, adding further symbolism to the national monument.
3. Boston, Massachusetts is a city rich with American history. It’s where the first settlers arrived at Plymouth Rock, the home of the Boston Tea Party and the Freedom Trail, which is a 2.5 mile (or 4 km) path along which 16 historically significant locations lay and the birthplace of the American Revolution. It’s also the home of famed sports teams the Boston Celtics (basketball), the Boston Bruins (ice hockey), the Boston Red Socks (baseball) and the New England Patriots (football).
4. Pennsylvania is not often thought of as a place of priority to visit in the U.S., however two of the country’s most significant iconic sites reside in this state. The first is the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and the other is Gettysburgh, where the famous battle of the civil war took place and where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburgh Address, declaring equality for all humanity. The Liberty Bell, cast with the words Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants therof, was originally used to summon legislators to session and alert the pubic of proclamations, was rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence and later coined the bell of liberty and justice.
5. Besides being the land of cowboy hats and soap operas, Dallas, Texas is where one of the nation’s most prominent historical events took place: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the center of downtown Dallas stands the JFK Memorial monument, a simple concrete roofless ‘open tomb’ that symbolizes the freedom of the former president’s spirit. It is etched with writings and tributes that signify the tragedy of his death and celebrate the positive influence that his life had on the world.
6. Scaled by Spiderman and King Kong, backdrop to Superman’s air-born battle against Zod and his compatriots, the subject of Andy Warhol’s silent film Empire, the meeting place of many a romantic rendezvous in films such as Sleepless in Seattle and Love Affair and cameo in dozens more movies and television shows, the Empire State Building is one of the most widely featured icons in the U.S. It stood unsurpassed as the tallest building in the world for 40 years and remains one of the country’s most prized architectural structures with it’s Art Deco appeal.
7. Last but not least amongst America’s most patriotic places to visit and possibly most famous for its scene in True Lies, when Arnie rides his horse through the reflective pool, you cannot go past the nation’s capital at National Mall, Washington DC. The Mall stretches between Lincoln Memorial and the White House with the Washington Monument standing tall in between.