Since 1906, national monuments in the United States have validated how culturally and historically rich the country is. They serve as landmarks that have progressed to become national symbols. To date, there are 100 official national monuments administered by the U.S. National Park Service. While some of them are less popular, many are famous among tourists and locals not only for their significance, but also for their dominating structure.
One very tall monument is the Gateway Arch situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. This prominent 630-foot tall and 630-foot wide from base to base architectural marvel symbolizes the westward expansion of the United States. It boasts of 200 years of American history. Also known as the Gateway to the West, visitors can do city sightseeing and running in the area.
Another architectural wonder is the 555-foot tall Washington Monument in Washington, DC. Completed in 1884, this structure used to be the tallest building in the world until the Eiffel Tower was built. Today, it is now the third tallest monument in the U.S. and the tallest in the capital city. By way of an elevator, tourists can go to the top to enjoy scenic views of the city.
The third example is the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in Ohio. Standing 352 feet tall, this memorial is located in South Bass Island, Lake Erie in Put-in-Bay town where the Battle of Lake Erie was fought and won by the U.S. Navy against Great Britain in 1812. To commemorate this victory and the U.S.-Great Britain relations, the monument was built in 1912. An observation deck for views of Lake Erie is open for public enjoyment.
Monuments serve as gateways to the past. Visiting them means celebrating and understanding what America is today.