April 19, 2011 by staff
The April issue of Travel and Leisure magazine has a list of the greatest monuments of America, and “The Early Show” Tuesday Sara Hispaniola, an editor of the magazine, discussed how to get the most out of a possible visit to each of these American destinations.
So how Travel and Leisure reach here?
Spagnolo said the magazine was looking for landmarks around the country that are free or very affordable. She said the magazine also considered the geographical distribution.
Check out brands that are on the list:
1. Mount Rushmore National Memorials, Keystone, South Dakota
Carved on one side of the granite mountain in the hills of southwestern South Dakota Black
This sculpture of four of the most influential presidents of the United States (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt) was considered an engineering feat when it was completed in 1941. It is still majestic, so that more than two million visitors a year.
How I see it: If you visit in winter, to be able to avoid the summer crowds and see the snow-covered monument. In the warmer months, however, try to catch the lighting ceremony at night (after 21:00), where rangers slowly illuminate the granite faces enormous above.
2. The Forest Giant Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Located in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains, this forest of three square miles of massive giant sequoia is the home of General Sherman tree, the world’s largest tree by volume (52,508 cubic feet).
The other trees here are amazing, too. On average, as high as 26-story buildings and have a base diameter wider than many city streets.
Equally impressive as the size of these conifers “tail, however, is their age: most are between 1,800 and 2,700 years old.
How I see it: if you’re short on time, take a walk of two miles through giant forest in the way of Congress, which begins at the General Sherman tree. With more time to explore, however, you want to take the steep stairs, quarter-mile to the summit of Moro Rock, a granite dome that offers magnificent views of the Great West Division and the forest below.
3. New Orleans Garden District
A designated National Historic Landmark, this affluent enclave of mansions before the war, in the shade of huge oaks and stately columns adorned with intricate wrought iron balconies, is one of the great neighborhoods of New Orleans.
Hurricane Katrina escaped relatively unscathed due to its location on high ground, so turn the area that is so impressive as it had in the 19 th century, most of the houses to date.
How I see it: Take the St. Charles Avenue streetcar, which runs along the northern border of the district.
4. Niagara Falls
More than, 000 gallons of water per second thunder by this icon of 167 feet, the most powerful waterfall in North American continent.
The falls straddle the border between the U.S. and Canada, and although some argue that Horseshoe Falls – located in the part of Ontario – is more spectacular than the smaller American Falls, the brand has had a special place in American history since 1901, when Michigan teacher Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over the falls (and survive) in a barrel.
How I see it: Take a tour of water half an hour on the Maid of the Mist ferry, which has piers in both countries.
5. The Buttes Wave, Coyote, Arizona
Located in the remote Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs in northern Arizona desert, the stunning rock formation that looks like a cresting wave frozen in time, is not easily accessible: you need a permit from the Office Land Management, which allows only 20 people per day visit to the shape of delicate ground. But to get to see this whirlwind of fire of the Stone Age Jurassic sandstone, carved by wind over 190 million years, well worth a little advance planning.
How I see it: From the trailhead wire way, a three-mile hike to the wave on sandy soil. Summer temperatures soar over degrees, so bring plenty of water.
6. Puerto Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Illuminated for the first time in 1791 by whale oil lamps, this lighthouse is located within the garden area of?? Cape Elizabeth Fort Williams Park.
Attached to the house of a Victorian red-roofed keeper, the 92-foot high white conical tower is often seen as a symbol of the beauty of Maine. From its location at a control point at the southwest entrance of the port, you can take in the fresh salt air and endless views of the ocean and the rocky coast of the state is known.
How I see it: Arrive early to climb the tower, as fewer than 300 entries are given on a first come, first served basis each day. You can also enjoy the lighthouse in a more leisurely, by watching while picnicking in the park.
7. Washington Monument, Washington, DC
This majestic monument of 555 feet, built in the shape of an Egyptian obelisk bladelike and completed in 1884, is the most prominent structure in the U.S. capital. Built to honor the first president of the nation, the marble monument has served as a backdrop for some of the most historic moments in the country, including Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s’ “I have a dream” and the presidential inauguration Barack Obama. Is at its best when it is reflected in the Reflecting Pool at sunrise or sunset, especially on the Fourth of July with fireworks bursting overhead at night.
How I see it: Despite the admission on the memorial is free, tickets are required and form long queues to enter every day. A better option: enjoy the monument outside the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or the stream basin in the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April.
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