10 Of The Most Overlooked Landmarks Of The United States

Wild souls who have got bitten by the travel bug are always ready to pay much money in the sake of exploring the world and discovering its wonders. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t experience all this in your own country!

The good news: There are many breathtakingly gorgeous landmarks and significant sites in America that often go unnoticed and which you really need to know about!

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The White Sands National Monument

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This beautiful site is located right in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico. It is literally breathtakingly gorgeous that no words can be used to describe it properly and you will have to see it with your own eyes to believe! Unfortunately, it often goes unnoticed and not so many people journey there!

If you are so much into photography, then, you will really love taking pictures of the dramatic setting of White Sands and the powdery gypsum dunes.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

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No one can ever deny that the Golden Gate Bridge is an impressive feat of engineering and one of the most iconic overpasses in the nation. The latter spans 1.7 miles and connects San Francisco and Marin County.

It’s true that the 24-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway might not be famous for soaring towers or suspension cables but it’s definitely worth the drive!

The Petrified Forest National Park

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The first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Arizona is the majestic and magnificent Grand Canyon, right? But what you might have totally forgotten about is the Petrified Forest National Park in Holbrook.

This forest is truly magical and home to 218 million years old fossilized wood, petroglyphs, colorful rock formations, and also the abandoned village of Puerco Pueblo.

Iolani Palace

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Most of the travelers visit the Aloha State in the hope of getting some D vitamin and spending some good time doing enjoying their most favorite outdoor activities, including, snorkeling and exploring active volcanoes.

However what most of them ignore is that right in the middle of downtown Honolulu is the royal Iolani Palace, where Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs lived!

Misty Fjords National Monument

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Outdoor enthusiasts who are craving to live unique and unforgettable experiences in the arms of mother nature should go no further than the Alaskan Misty Fjords National Monument in Ketchikan.

This massive wilderness was designated as a national monument by president Jimmy Carter in 1978 and what’s more interesting is the fact that it’s home to two million acres of glacial valleys, crystalline lakes, saltwater canals, and steep lopes.

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House

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There is no doubt that New York is that city that has much to offer and you will definitely never get bored there!

However, there are many hidden sites and spots that most travelers ignore and one of which is the Alexander Hamilton U.S Customs House. The latter was built in 1907 and it is considered a beautiful example of Beaux Arts architecture.

The good news is that the access now is free to this landmark as it is transformed into the National Museum of the American Indian.

Ghost Ranch

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In the past, the Ghost Ranch used to be a refuge for reclusive artist Georgia O’Keeffe. She used to visit that place very often and even considered it as her source of inspiration and creativity.

In fact, she even derived many of her paintings from the landscape and more particularly her famous works namely Kitchen Mesa and Pedernal. Hence, if you are looking for some peace of mind, tranquility, and inspiration, hesitate not to follow the steps of the Mother of American modernism and seek the Ghost Ranch retreat.

Buckingham Fountain

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Unfortunately, this fountain doesn’t get all the attention and credit it really deserves. And that’s mostly because the Bean and Wrigley Field steal the show.

However, it is never too late and you can always add it to your bucket list! Dare to visit the massive and the breathtaking crown jewel of Grant Park with its 150-foot water streams, seahorse sculptures, and pink marble!

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

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This amazingly gorgeous landmark sits on the Pajarito Plateau in north-central Mexico. It is characterized by its fascinating geology and stunning landscape.

That’s not everything as this place can give visitors chance to trek Slot Canyon and witness some very old striated rocks and hoodoos that are believed to be formed as a result of volcanic eruptions for seven million years ago.

Bear Butte

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Driving one single hour north of MT. Rushmore is all the time needed to get to Bear Butte. We surely have no intention to disrespect the carved granite faces of our forefathers, but this laccolith is definitely Au Naturel!

And that’s not everything as it’s also considered holy and sacred to many Plains Indian Tribes who make sure to go on regular spiritual pilgrimages to the geological phenomenon

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