A landmark is defined as "an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location." Many of these monuments hold symbolic meaning for both the city and the state that they are found in, and are often featured on many of their memorabilia.
Whether you have these landmarks in person or not, many of them should be instantly recognizable because of how popular they are. Some examples include the Statue of Liberty - the gift from France, the Hoover Dam - the large bypass, St. Louis Arch - the gateway to the west, Golden Gate Bridge - linking San Francisco to the mainland, and Mount Rushmore - which features several presidents.
How well do you know the different landmarks around the United States of America? If you were given images of these popular monuments, would you be able to identify them and tell which of the 50 states they are found in? Well, if you want to test your knowledge of these iconic places, then this is the quiz you need to take.
The Grand Canyon is a steep 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and just over a mile-deep canyon located near the Colorado River, in Arizona. It is one of the world’s most visited natural attractions, with an average of five million visitors a year.
Fort Sumpter is a sea fort located in Charleston, South Carolina, which is best remembered for protecting the U.S. during two battles of the American Civil War. What was once a high-walled and heavily-armed fortress is now open for public tours as part of the monument.
Chimney Rock, which is located in Chimney Rock State Park in North Carolina, is a 315-foot-tall rock formation that offers impressive views of the 6800-acre park. The granite monolith is accessible by elevator, but there are hiking trails throughout the entire park.
Crater Lake, just as its name says, is a crater lake located in Crater Lake National Lake, Oregon. It is over 2,000 feet deep, making it the deepest in the United States, and is famous for its iconic blue color and the clarity of its water.
Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Montezuma County, Colorado. Established in 1906 by then-President Theodore Roosevelt and the U.S. Congress, the park contains some of the best-preserved Ancestral Puebloan archaeological sites in the country.
Little Rock Central High School, which is located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is a well-known site because it was the site of the forced school desegregation after the 1954 US Supreme Court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional.
Portland Head Light is a lighthouse that can be found at the entrance of the Portland Harbor in the Gulf of Maine. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the state, and the U.S. Coast Guard maintains its tower, automated light, and beacon.
Independence Hall, which was completed in 1753, was the building where the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were both debated and signed. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, it is now listed as a World Heritage Site.
The Golden Gate Bridge is an almost 2-mile long suspension bridge that connects San Francisco with Marin County in California. Declared one of the wonders of the modern world, it took just over four years and 11 lives to build the bridge.
Cloud Gate is a public sculpture that is the centerpiece of the AT&T Plaza in Millennium Park in Chicago, Illinois. Commonly called “The Bean,” the 168 stainless steel plated sculpture was constructed between 2004 and 2006 by British Indian sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is located in Cleveland, Ohio is a museum that contains the history of the most influential artists and producers in the history of the music genre. It was established in 1983, and only very few people have been inducted into the hall of fame.
The John F. Kennedy Space Center, sometimes called the NASA Launch Operations Center, is located in Merritt Island, Florida. It is one of many national aeronautics and space administration centers and was the launch operation for Apollo and Skylab.
Pearl Harbor is a lagoon harbor located on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, which is best known for the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the immediate cause of the United States entry into the second World War.
The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is a section of the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. Founded in 1718 by a French businessman named Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city of New Orleans developed around the Vieux Carré, making it the oldest and central part of town.
The Gateway Arch is a 630-foot tall stainless-steel weighted arch located in St. Louise, Missouri. It is the tallest arch and the tallest man-made monument in the world, and an iconic symbol of the state. The popular tourist spot was designed by Finnish architect Ero Saarinen and was completed in 1965.
The White House is located in Washington D.C., which is not an official state. It is the official residence and place of work of the President of the United States of America. The complex includes the executive residence, the west wing, the east wing, and the executive offices.
The Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam located in the Black Canyon between Nevada and Arizona. The dam, which was once called Boulder Dam, was built in order to control floods, provide irrigation water and to produce hydroelectric power.
Churchill Downs, which is located in Louisville, Kentucky, is a thoroughbred racetrack famous for hosting the annual Kentucky Derby and occasionally the Breeder’s Cup. Of the many racetracks in the United States, it is ranked number 5th on the list.
Fort McHenry is a coastal pentagonal bastion fort found in Baltimore, Maryland. The fort is best known for defending the Baltimore Harbor from the British Navy during the war of 1812. First built in 1798, it was used throughout both World Wars by the Coast Guard.
The Bonaventure Cemetery is a public cemetery located near the Wilmington River just east of Savannah, Georgia. Established in 1846, the 160-acre cemetery became famous after being featured in the novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and the adapted movie directed by Clint Eastwood.
The Statue of Liberty is a neoclassical sculpture that can be found on Liberty Island in the New York Harbor in New York City. The large copper statue, which was sculpted by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from France to the people from the United States to celebrate their independence.
The Liberty Bell is a copper and tin tower bell located in Pennsylvania. The bell was rung to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence, but after 1830, it was seen as the as a symbol of the abolishment of slavery – giving it the name Liberty Bell.
The Wave is a sandstorm rock formation located in Arizona and the border of Utah. The popular formations are known for their colorful, undulating forms as well as the difficult task of getting to the location. The attraction is so popular that a daily lottery is conducted to choose who gets to see it.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a national park located in the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico. The main attraction of the park is the caverns, which visitors can walk through on their own or with a knowledgeable tour guide.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture that was carved into a mountain and is located in Black Hills, South Dakota. It features four 60-foot sculptures of four former U.S. presidents: George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln.
The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas, commonly referred to as The Alamo, was a fortress of sorts used by the Roman Catholic Church during the 18th century. The World Heritage Site turned museum was the site of The Battle of the Alamo back in 1836.
The Space Needle is an observation tower and an iconic monument in Seattle, Washington. Originally constructed for the World Fair in 1962, the structure remained and now draws an average of 2.5 million visitors every year.
The Denali, sometimes called Mount McKinley, is the highest mountain in North America with a summit elevation of 20,000 feet above sea level. The mountain, which is seen as a challenge to climbers, can be found in the Alaskan Range in Alaska.
Atlantic City, which is located in Atlantic County, New Jersey, is a resort city known for its casinos, beaches, and its famous boardwalk. It is the home of the Miss America pageant, and it was the inspiration for the game Monopoly.
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is a national memorial located in Arlington County, Virginia. Dedicated to the U.S. Marine Corps personnel who died in the country’s defense, the statue features six marines raising a flag.
Graceland is a mansion that sits on a 14-acre estate is located on the Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis, Tennessee. The house is famous because it belonged to the iconic Elvis Presley. Now in the care of his daughter, it opened to the public as a museum back in 1982.
The Mall of America is a shopping mall that opened in August 1992 and has an annual visitor count of 42 million. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, it has over 500 stores and takes up over 5 million square feet, making it the 5th largest mall in North America.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a vehicular racing circuit located in Speedway, Indiana. The race track is home of the Brickyard 400, the Indianapolis 500, and the former home of the United States Grand Prix.
Devil's Tower, which is located in Crook County, Wyoming, is a laccolithic butte that stands almost 1300 feet above the Belle Fourche River from its summit to the base. Legend has it that the rock rose from the ground when girls being chased by bears prayed for protection.
The Empire State Building is a 102-story tall Art Deco building that was completed in 1931, at the time costing $41 million. Located in Midtown Manhattan in New York, it is the iconic building which King Kong is seen climbing, and it is also responsible for the state’s nickname.
The Magic Kingdom is a theme park and one of the many Walt Disney World resorts located in Orlando, Florida. The park, which opened on October 1st, 1971, is the most visited theme park in the world with an estimated number of 20 million visitors a year.
Taos Pueblo is an old community that belongs to the Taos-speaking Native American tribe of the Pueblo people. Located in Taos, New Mexico, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest inhabited communities in the country.
The Washington Monument is a 554-feet stone obelisk that is both the tallest stone structure and obelisk in the world. Completed in 1888, it was constructed to honor George Washington and can be found in National Mall in Washington D.C.
The Hollywood Sign is both an American landmark and cultural icon that overlooks the city of Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The sign, which was completed in 1923, spells out the word “Hollywood” in 45-foot tall white capital letters.
The Bunker Hill Monument is a 220-foot-tall granite obelisk built to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill, which took place in July 1775. Located in Charlestown, Massachusetts, it was one of the first of its kind to be built in the United States.