Even though America is 239 years old, it has such a rich and extensive history. The United States of America has grown and become a place of hope and new beginnings for millions of people throughout the last couple centuries. Across the nation, there are historical landmarks and places worth visiting to pay homage to America’s vibrant and powerful history.
You can take a cross country train ride across America to see some of the best sights that also capture this nation’s defining past. Understanding events that have defined America is important to pay tribute to the people that have shaped the way we live our everyday lives. Here are some of the best historic sites you can see by train across Amercia:
Statue of Liberty
This colossal copper sculpture sits on Liberty Island in New York City. It was designed and built by the French and given to the United States as a gift from France in 1886. The statue was a symbol of freedom for immigrants traveling from abroad. The Roman goddess statue is still an iconic symbol today. It has played a role in pop culture and remains a major tourist destination each year.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
One of America’s defining moments happened on September 11, 2001. The memorial, which is located at the World Trade Center site, commemorates the attacks on 9/11 and opened 10 years after the tragic event. Every day, thousands of people visit the site to pay respect to the victims, first responders, and heroes of that day. The memorial plaza includes two reflecting pools with granite coating. Panels on the sides of the granite pools display names of victims and heroes.
The Lincoln Memorial
This American national monument honors the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. It is located at the western end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The structure resembles that of the Greek Doric temple. Inside is a large seated sculpture of the historic president with inscriptions of speeches by Lincoln. Not only does the massive structure pay respects to Lincoln as one of the most defining presidents, but it has also been a place of many historic speeches as well, including Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Kennedy Space Center
Space has played such a vital role in America’s history. The Space Race influenced pioneer efforts on the parts of American astronauts to progress spaceflight capability. At the Kennedy Space Center located in Cape Canaveral, Florida, people can visit the Visitor Complex which houses a variety of space exhibits, artifacts, displays, and attractions for people to learn about NASA and space.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
An amazing sight to see while traveling by train across America is this magnificent granite sculpture carved into the Black Hills in South Dakota. This amazing sculpture includes massive detailed carvings of four United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It’s a man-made wonder of the United States that attracts millions of visitors each year. The iconic symbol took about 14 years to construct and it’s easily one of the most amazing sights you will see across the U.S.
The Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Hills is an iconic place in Los Angeles, California where most Americans associate the magic of the film industry. On the Santa Monica Mountains sits the large Hollywood Sign made of large 45-foot high white panel lettering. The sign was originally an advertisement for local real estate but it earned so much recognition, the sign remains an iconic symbol in Hollywood Hills symbolizing a place where dreams can come true.
There is a lot to see and learn across America, so hop on a cross country train and journey through American’s past to learn all about what has shaped the nation.