The lure of America’s man-made wonders: why tourists choose to visit the Statue Of Liberty over Niagara Falls
Tourists are opting to visit the amazing achievements in architecture and industry that can be found in America’s man-made wonders such as the Golden Gate Bridge or the Statue of Liberty.
The Popularity Of America’s Man-Made Wonders Over Its Natural Landscapes
With natural wonders such as Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and the Hubbard Glacier, it should be easy to draw up a list of top sightseeing attractions in the USA, and yet tourists are frequently placing man-made wonders such as The Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge on their bucket lists.
This may be because America’s man-made wonders are often situated in cities close to tourist amenities such as hotels and restaurants which may appeal to the convenience of older travellers in particular.
Alternatively, travellers may be fascinated by these man-made wonders because they represent the massive progress and achievements of the American people and their country over what is a relatively short period in history.
The Statue of Liberty
Situated just outside of New York City, the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom which was erected in 1886 and is inscribed with the date of the American Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776. The attraction receives approximately four million visitors per year. It is arguably the most famous of America’s man-made wonders and is featured in numerous movies and works of art.
Golden Gate Bridge
The 1.7 mile steel suspension bridge spans the Golden Strait between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
Designers of the bridge faced fierce opposition from those who considered that it would be too wide to survive the area’s strong winds and that it would interfere with the passage of ships to one of the country’s main harbours.
Construction began in 1933 and the bridge opened four years later. The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated its 75 year anniversary in 2012 and remains a symbol of iconic constructive genius in the U.S today.
One of the world’s most famous highways, Route 66, was constructed in 1926 during the rise of the motor trade in the ‘Roaring Twenties’.
At this time, cars gave the middle and upper classes freedom to move around the country for both work and leisure. It also allowed the mass migration of people to the West in the 1930s.
The original route opened from Chicago to California and passed through spectacular scenery in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Towns along the route prospered enormously during this time, until sadly, various re-routing changes cut them off the map. A journey across this famed man-made route takes in both natural and historic sights and many would describe it as the journey of a life-time. Travellers would be wise to take out USA travel insurance to safeguard against any problems that may occur on this type of long-distance road trip.
Seattle’s Space Needle was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1962. This amazing feat in futuristic construction stands at 604 metres tall and weighs 9,550 tonnes. The observation deck, which can be reached by elevator, has a revolving restaurant which gives panoramic views of Seattle’s skyline and surrounding mountains.
It’s almost impossible to experience all that America has to offer in one trip, so this is why many travellers to the States choose to return time and time again in order to appreciate even more of the breath-taking sights and attractions.
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