I found a survey the other day that listed American landmarks and asked which you’ve visited. That survey prompted this list.
There are a handful of American landmarks I’ve been fortunate enough to visit in person.
Back in 1997, I visited Los Angeles, California, and visited Rodeo Drive, which I’d call a landmark; and CBS Television City, which for broadcasters like me, is definitely a landmark. I’ve stood at Niagra Falls in New York. A few years back, I rode across the Golden Gate Bridge, down twisting Lombard Street and had a phenomenal clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. I’ve visited the headquarters of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. And I’ve walked through Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina.
Here are 10 landmarks I haven’t visited in person but hope to sooner or later.
1. National September 11 Memorial & Museum – New York City
I’ve never been to New York City, but as immersed as I was in 9/11 coverage when it happened and for months afterwards, I’d consider a visit to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum a kind of closure.
2. The Chrysler Building – New York City
I love the Art Deco style of one of the world’s most-recognizable buildings. But visiting this one would be a challenge: the Chrysler Building doesn’t offer private tours and the 71st-floor public observatory is no longer open to the public.
3. The White House – Washington, D.C.
I’ve seen the exterior of the White House in person, but I’ve never gone inside and taken the public tour. I’d like to do that at some point, depending on which president is likely to be there at the time, of course.
4. Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza – Dallas, Texas
I’ve always been fascinated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, especially the news coverage of it, since that event was essentially the birth of breaking news coverage on television. It would be amazing to see the actual location, although I’m honestly not sure I could stand on the mark in the plaza where the fatal shot struck Kennedy.
5. The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island, New York
I’d love to see the interior of the Statue of Liberty and peer out of the windows of her crown. I know that it’s not possible to climb up the torch, but considering interior shots of that part of the statue look like a narrow ladder rather than a staircase, I’m okay with that.
6. The Grand Canyon – Arizona
I’ve actually flown over the Grand Canyon and it was amazing from the air. I’d love to see it in person.
7. The Space Needle – Seattle, Washington
Seattle is definitely on the list of cities in America I hope to visit some day. And what visit would be complete there without going to the observation deck of the Space Needle?
8. Mount Rushmore – South Dakota
Mount Rushmore, as impressive as it looks in every photo I’ve seen, strikes me as the kind of place that you just have to see in person to really appreciate it.
9. U.S.S. Arizona Memorial – Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Like the 9/11 Memorial, I’m sure this would be a somber site to see in person. The Memorial to the U.S.S. Arizona and the sailors who died aboard the ship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is higher on the ends and lower in the center, representing a defeat before the ultimate victory.
10. Times Square – New Yor City
Some 330,000 people pass through Times Square every single day, so for an introvert like me, that ought to be enough right there to guarantee it’s a place I’d never want to be. But I would like to see it in person in spite of myself.
That’s my list of 10 American landmarks I hope to visit some day.