Visiting Seven Man-Made Wonders Of The US

Visiting Seven Man-Made Wonders Of The US

Denali National Park, Grand Canyon, Olympic National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park they are all natural wonders of the US. No doubt that they are famous to almost travelers in the world. But what is more? The US is also famed for its man-made wonders, even more than natural landscapes. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Gateway Arch, the Mount Rushmore memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge may be first images that come to your mind when thinking about the America. The country has a list of seven man-made wonders that people want to see at least once in their life.

1. Brooklyn Bridge

Firework on the Brooklyn Bridge

Firework on the Brooklyn Bridge

“Against the city’s gleaming spires,

Above the ships that ply the stream,

A bridge of haunting beauty stands –

Fulfillment of an artist’s dream.”

That poem was written by a famous bridge builder, David B. Steinman although he did not build the bridge. It sings the praises of the beauty of the first man-made wonders in New York City – the Brooklyn Bridge. It was built in 1870 and opened on 24 May 1883. At that time, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. From the distance, the bridge looks like the stringed musical instrument called the harp with tens of thousands of suspension wires that spread many meters across and up and down to towers on each side. Today, it is still beautiful structure and one of the most famous and beloved landmarks in New York City.

2. The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge In The Late Evening Sun

The Golden Gate Bridge In The Late Evening Sun

Another bridge mentioned in the list is the Golden Gate Bridge in northern California. It lies between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay and links the city of San Francisco with Marin County. In 1937, the bridge opened and became the longest suspension bridge in the world for almost 30 years later. The Golden Gate is famed for its color – the International Orange which is easy to be seen through the heavy fog that often covers San Francisco. Until now, it is still considered as the most beautiful bridge structure in the world and no one wants to miss a chance to take some photographs there. It is mentioned in a famous poem “The Mighty Task is Done” written by Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer of the Golden Gate.

“At last the mighty task is done;

Resplendent in the western sun

The Bridge looms mountain high;

Its titan piers grip ocean floor,

Its great steel arms link shore with shore,

Its towers pierce the sky.”

3. The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch

 The next man-made wonder is a famous landmark in the Midwest United States. The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, Missouri is the tallest freestanding monument in the country. It was designed by Eero Saarinen during a national competition in the late 1940s but it actually was completed in 1965. The arch, also known as “The Gateway to the West”, rises above the Mississippi, a beautiful river of the country. It is considered as one of the seven man-made wonders in the nation. Nowadays, visitors can take a trip to visit an observation area inside the top of the arch. It will be a memorable time in the trip to explore the US landmarks.

 4. Mount Rushmore Memorial

The Mount Rushmore Memorial

The Mount Rushmore Memorial

No doubt almost everyone agrees that Mount Rushmore memorial in the Black Hills, South Dakota should be listed in the seven wonders of the US. The memorial of four great American presidents was created by Sculptor Gutzon Borglum in 14 years. The giant faces of four presidents were sculpted into the rock near the top of the Mount Rushmore. Each president has a great contribution to the US history and represents important values in American. President George Washington led the country to the independence. Thomas Jefferson is a symbol for equality while Theodore Roosevelt, a conservationist, is a symbol of the progressive spirit of America. What Abraham Lincoln contributed to his country is that he ended slavery and saved the Union. Visit Mount Rushmore to see one of the greatest art works in the world must be a must for those who love sculpture.

5. Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam one of the most difficult structures in the US

Hoover Dam one of the most difficult structures in the US

The next wonder in the list is the Hoover Dam in Nevada. It is the largest and most difficult structure ever built in the America. Lying in the Black Canyon, the Hoover Dam controls the Colorado River and produces electric power for the country. At the time it was built, it was the largest and tallest dam in the world and also one of the largest producers of electric power ever built in the US. To build it, 96 workers were killed and many others were injured in 5 years of the construction.

6. The Ancestral Puebloan Villages

A View Of The Ancestral Puebloan Villages

A View Of The Ancestral Puebloan Villages

There is a man-made wonder that was created long before the nation was established, it is the Ancestral Puebloan people built villages in Mesa Verde, Colorado. There are about 600 cliff dwellings and all of them are now part of the Mesa Verde National Park. Thanks to the protection of the rock walls, they still remain their origins since they was built although hundreds of years went by.

 7. Space Needle

The Space Needle On New Years

The Space Needle On New Years

The final man-made wonder that visitors should not forget in the US is the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington. It was built by Edward Carlson as the central structure for the 1992 World’s Fair. Its structure looks like a “flying saucer”, a popular vehicle in science fiction. The saucer includes an observation area and an eating place. Especially, it has a slowly turning restaurant which will provide visitors a 360 degree view of Seattle. Today, the Needle Space is the most famous attraction in Seattle city; it is known as a symbol of the city.

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