Famous Landmarks

The world's famous landmarks inspire wonder and have been celebrated for centuries. Learn more about famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.

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11 Structures that Define America

The United States has numerous buildings and other structures that represent the freedom and opportunity expressed in the American dream. Here are a few of those defining monuments.

13 Vintage Businesses on Historic Route 66

Route 66 the mother road is dotted with saloons motels and kitschy pit stops. Learn about the vintage businesses along historic Route 66 including the Cozy Dog Drive-In and the Buckingham Fountain.

4 Paranormal and Other Strange Roadside Attractions

They're the anti-museums: roadside attractions so puzzling we ask "why was this created?" But that's exactly what so many tourists are looking for in the Information Age: things that boggle the mind not enrich it.

7 Gas, Food and Lodging Landmarks

Over the years roadside merchants have used their gas station diner or motel as a blank canvas that could be artfully decorated to bring in higher profits. Read about some of these quirky landmarks and view our roadside attractions image gallery.

16 Roadside Architectural Wonders

America's roadside architectural wonders include strange palaces and replicas of European buildings. The builders of these structures often wanted to establish their own sense of individualism. Learn more about these amazing roadside architectural wo

21 Roadside Statues

Roadside statues are delightful vacation diversions. These larger-than-life creations were known for putting small unknown towns on the maps of every highway traveler. Learn about some of America's most popular roadside statues.

Roadside Attractions

Explore America's quirky roadside attractions from gigantic statues to outlandish landmarks. Used as methods to get motorists to stop these roadside attractions have become American icons. Learn more about America's favorite roadside attractions.

6 Roadside Landmarks

For all their uniqueness, man-made roadside landmarks like corn palaces and giant whales can be just as memorable as natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Read about these quirky roadside landmarks.

July 17 1955: Disneyland Opens in Anaheim Calif.

Disneyland means pure magic to people all over the world. Learn about the opening of Disneyland and how a theme park grew to be an essential part of American childhood.

National Memorials

America's national memorials commemorate historic people, places, and events that helped make America what it is today. Read about national memorials.

McLoughlin House National Historic Site

Thirteen miles south of Portland, in Oregon City, stands the McLoughlin House, one of the few remaining pioneer homes in the former Oregon Country. Read about the McLoughlin House National Historic Site.

Whitman Mission National Historic Site

In 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and others successfully crossed the North American continent from New York to the largely unknown land called Oregon Country. Read more about Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

Eugene ONeill National Historic Site

Overlooking the San Ramon Valley and distant Mount Diablo in California, Tao House was once home to Eugene O'Neill, one of America's greatest playwrights. Learn more about the site dedicated to his life and work.

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

A footpath weaves through Fort Bowie National Historic Site, roughly paralleling a historic military wagon road past ruins and reminders of the bloody fight for control of Apache Pass. Learn about Fort Bowie National Historic Site.

Golden Spike National Historic Site

On May 10, 1869, workers from the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads met at Promontory Summit in Utah and drove the golden and silver spikes that connected the East to the West. Check out Golden Spike National Historic Site.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site

Unlike many of the old frontier outposts, the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site in Arizona, dating back to 1878, is still doing business. Learn about Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site.

Manzanar National Historic Site

At the base of the Sierra Nevadas, an empty guard post stands along a lonely stretch of desert highway. It is one of the few remnants of the War Relocation Center at Manzanar. Learn more about Manzanar National Historic Site.

Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site

History and legend come together at Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, which preserves the last major religious structure of the ancient Hawaiian culture built in t­he islands. Learn more about Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site.

National Monuments

Fossil beds, ancient ruins and war monuments are just a few historic landmarks you'll explore on our National Monuments page. Find unique vacation spots, indulge your curiosity and learn some history as you plan your next trip.

National Historic Sites

America’s national historic sites range from miniscule to massive, and simple to spectacular. They commemorate events, people, and places from our nation’s history. Learn more about national historic sites in the United States.

Tonto National Monument

Tonto National Monument is the only National Park site dedicated to the Salado people of the Tonto basin, successors to the Hohokam settlers. Read about Tonto National Monument.

Tuzigoot National Monument

The prehistoric dwellings at Tuzigoot, like those at nearby Montezuma Castle, were built by Sinagua farmers. The Tuzigoot pueblo sprawls along an open ridge 120 feet above the Verde Valley. Check out Tuzigoot National Monument.

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Between A.D. 1100 and 1250, the Sinagua built more than 300 small rooms of stone and mud into the limestone cliffs of Walnut Canyon. A rugged trail leads to the ruins of 24 cliff dwellings. Read more about Walnut Canyon National Monument.

Wupatki National Monument

WupatkiNational Monument, proclaimed in 1924, has more than 35,000 acres of archaeological ruins. The main ruin at Wupatki is a three-story pueblo. Read about Wupatki National Monument.

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is made up of 586000 acres of pristine Alaska wilderness. Still considered active Aniakchak is a volcanic area on which visitors can hike climb and explore the caldera's windswept plains cinder cones and lava fields.


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