Apr 14

10 National Monuments Worth Visiting

We all know about Yellowstone and Yosemite and dozen s of other national parks throughout the United States, but fewer people make the effort to go out and see the nation’s national monuments.  America’s national monuments are a great place to see natural wonders, historic places, and can be a great family vacation destination.  We hope our short list of 10 national monuments worth visiting inspire you to check out some of the wonderful sights that can be found throughout the United States.

10 National Monuments worth Visiting

10. Statue of Liberty National Monument
Statue of Liberty 2

The Statue of Liberty is one of the few universal symbols that have come to represent the United States.  A gift of friendship from the people of France to the U.S. it has become an historic symbol of freedom, a blending of culture, and democracy.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm

9. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Castillo De San Marcos Sunrise through the Palmsvia

The only 17th century military structure still remaining in the United States.  Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is an historic site that gives its visitors a glimpse of European imperialism and colonization.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm

8. Wright Brothers National Monument

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One of the most significant historical sites as it is the place where Wilbur and Orville Wright took their first successful flight in a heavier-than-air machine.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

7. Fort Sumter National Monument

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The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter and the course of American history and in turn the world was forever changed.   For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/fosu/index.htm

6. Buck Island Reef National Monument

St Croix, US Virgin Islandsvia

No trip to St. Croix would be complete without a trip to Buck Island Reef National Monument.  Buck Island is home to one of the best snorkel and scuba diving reefs in the United States.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/buis/index.htm

5. Colorado National Monument

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Colorado National Monument is great vacation stop due to its outstanding scenery and easy access right off of I 70 near Grand Junction, Colorado.  It is one of the great western landscapes.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/colm/index.htm

4. White Sands National Monument

White Sands National Monument, New Mexicovia

An ever-changing landscape of the world’s largest expanse of gypsum sand dunes is what you have at White Sands National Monument.  It has large white sand dunes that become the perfect place to go sledding without having to experience the snow.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/whsa/index.htm

3. Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument - Sipapu Bridgevia

Natural Bridges National Monument is home to three natural bridges that shows off what the power of water, wind, and time can do to a landscape.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/nabr/index.htm

2. Devils Tower National Monument

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Devils Tower rises out of its prairie surroundings as a towering mythical monolith.  Devils Tower is a unique place that lets the imagination explore just as much as your visual senses.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm

1. World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

O'ahu - Honolulu - Pearl Harbor: USS Arizona Memorialvia

Pearl Harbor is a must see for every red blooded American as it really hits home the sacrifice and struggle that America’s greatest generation went through to fight and preserve liberty.  A great place to see history and show respect for those that made the ultimate sacrifice for all Americans past, present, and future.  For more information visit their website at http://www.nps.gov/valr/index.htm

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