From an outsider’s perspective the United States can seem a bit monolithic. In fact, even from the perspective of an average American, the United States can seem a bit all the same, through and through. However, the truth is really otherwise. The United States is a land of incredible diversity, not just in terms of the people who inhabit it, but also in terms of its terrain and its cultural landmarks.
When you have the opportunity to travel across the United States, you really begin to get an appreciation for this. That’s why we thought this list would be fun to put together! On it, we’re going to share 20 things you just have to see in the United States before you die.
The things on this list run the gamut. We’ve got roadside attractions you won’t believe, monuments, parks, and even a few other surprises. So, if you think you have a full appreciation of the United States and all that it has to offer, perhaps you should think again. Take a look at the list we’ve pulled together, and be sure to add the ones that you haven’t seen in real life to your bucket list!
1. Mount Rushmore (Keystone, South Dakota)
What might strike you about seeing Mount Rushmore in person is that it’s much smaller than it appears in pictures.
2. The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville, TN)
You don’t have to have a deep appreciation of Country Music in order to understand the importance of this landmark in music history.
3. The Sunset Strip (Los Angeles, CA)
Country not your thing? Well, why don’t you check out one of the most famous locations for rock and roll music in the country and its various landmark establishments.
4. Arches National Park (Utah)
Utah is home to some of the most beautiful and undisturbed landscape in the United States, and you can see it on full display here.
5. Mendenhall Glacier (Juneau, Alaska)
If you’ve got that stamina to reach them, then checking out this glacier’s famous ice caves is almost like travelling to another planet.