Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Make Top 10 Landmarks in The U.S.

The Bay Area is known to have some of the best beaches, mountains and skylines in the country, and now, it is home to the most popular landmarks in the United States, according to TripAdvisor.

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At No. 1 is Alcatraz Island, located a little over a mile offshore in the San Francisco Bay. It operated as a prison from 1934 to 1963 and it is now one of the most visited tourist spots in the country. “A visit to Alcatraz is a must when visiting San Francisco. For the history of the prison and famous escapes, of course, but also for the island itself and its beautiful gardens and view on the city,” noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.
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At No. 2 is the Golden Gate Bridge, which stands over San Francisco Bay. The 4,200-foot bridge connects San Francisco and Marin County and it is one of the "most stunning" landmarks in the world. “Make sure you walk or ride a bike over it for the full experience! There are several lookouts and each gives a different perspective of the bridge and city,” commented one TripAdvisor reviewer.
At No. 3 is the Lincoln Memorial which symbolizes American values. It is located in Washington D.C. “The location and size of this Memorial are so impressive but it is the texts from Lincoln’s addresses that are most inspiring,” said one TripAdvisor reviewer.
At No. 4 is one of the busiest terminals in the world. The railroad station that has been renowned as an "architectural wonder" lies in the heart of Manhattan. A TripAdvisor reviewer stated, "Grand Central is the most glamorous train terminal ever. Full of restaurants, shops. The ceiling is magical, painted with mythical figures, wonderful."
The USS Arizona Memorial is a landmark that commemorates the lives lost in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. It is situated above the sunken hull of the USS Arizona. "Learning about the history from a book and actually standing over the sunken ship containing our fallen soldiers are totally different things. This is sobering, thought-provoking, and memorable," offered a TripAdvisor reviewer.
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At No. 6 is one of the most visited attractions in New York, the Empire State building, an iconic part of the city's skyline since 1931. The 1,200-foot skyscraper is open to the public and offers grand views of the city. "We had VIP tickets pre-booked and skipped all the lines, well worth the extra cost. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Great views of New York, really enjoyed our visit," said one TripAdvisor reviewer.
At No. 7 is one of the most iconic statues in the world, the Statue of Liberty. It is one of the most recognizable symbols of freedom standing nearly 6,000 feet tall. "As beautiful as the statue is when driving by during the day or viewing from the lower Manhattan area, the statue is really impressive when sailing by after dark, on a cruise departing from New York. Even native New Yorkers were impressed."
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At No. 8 is the bridge that connects Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City. It opened in 1883 and spans nearly 6,000 feet. "Visiting the Brooklyn Bridge, which is the bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn, is a must-see spot for those in the city. Walking over from DUMBO into Manhattan is your best bet, as you walk towards the incredible skyline of New York City. It's a truly marvelous experience," exclaimed a TripAdvisor reviewer.
At No. 9 is a place that was once a home to George Washington Vanderbilt II. The Biltmore Estate is one of the largest privately-owned homes in the country. "I loved the library of George Vanderbilt and the banquet hall was amazing. Outside the house, the gardens would take up quite a time, especially during springs as azaleas were in full bloom. A must-do for anyone interested in the historical high-end lifestyle of the U.S.," commented a TripAdvisor reviewer.
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The list would not be complete without the most popular "bean" in the U.S. Chicago's Cloud Gate caps off the list of most popular landmarks. The stainless steel structure stands in Millennium Park and is the city's icon. "It's one of the most recognizable pieces of public art. Something about this huge silver bean just makes you feel like a kid. It’s fun not only to look at, but to touch, take pictures and people watch," noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.
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