Top 10 Famous Historical Landmarks in the USA

Visiting famous landmarks is a great way to make history come alive, and not just for history buffs, but for the whole family. Here are just ten of the top US historical landmarks everyone should visit in their lifetime to experience an unforgettable journey into the past.

1: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Monticello was home to the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson, also a brilliant architect, completed the building of his home in 1770 and spent the next forty years expanding, revising and rebuilding Monticello. He was also an avid horticulturist and the same gardens he created, nourished and cultivated can still be enjoyed to this day. Visitors will gain a unique perspective on the character and life of Thomas Jefferson.

Address: 931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2: The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

A visit to Washington D.C. is not complete without standing in front of the massive Lincoln Memorial. Built in 1868, the Lincoln Memorial was the first public memorial dedicated to ensuring the legacy of the sixteenth President would be passed on to future generations. With its thirty six iconic columns built out of white stone, this memorial is one of the most recognized buildings in the nation.

Address: 2 Lincoln Memorial Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

3: Ellis Island, New York City, New York

Ellis Island, New York City, New York
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Called the Gateway to America, Ellis Island was the first piece of land millions of immigrants feet touched upon arriving in their new home. The most amazing part of Ellis Island is the vast number of fascinating stories of a number of immigrants from around the world and the hopes and dreams they had in coming to this foreign land.

Address: Battery Park and Liberty Island, New York City, NY 10017

4: Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Independence Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Independence Hall, birthplace of not only the Declaration of Independence but the Constitution as well, is one site every visitor should take the time to explore. The tour will guide you room by room as you can see and hear how the foundation of this country was debated and created.

Address: 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

5: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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The Plimoth Plantation is a vast living history park, which includes a recreation of a seventeenth century farming village and the Wampanoag Homesite where you can see how Wampanoag Natives lived and unlike other living history sites, in the Wampanoag Homesite there are no role players, all members of the staff are Native people. You can also explore an exact replica of the Mayflower or visit the craft center to experience the historic technologies and crafts from the seventeenth century. Don't forget to visit the museum's rare breeds animals or the Plimoth grist mill before you leave for a truly unique understanding of life in 1600's America.

Address: 137 Warren Ave, Plymouth, MA 02360

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