Looking for a theme summer vacation? Why not go on a 7 Wonders of the United States (man made). These are a great testament to the engineering, construction, and fortitude of the country and the people who helped build these iconic structures.
The Empire State Building in New York City. Construction on this iconic NYC building started in March 1930 during the Great Depression. It is the second tallest building in the United States, behind the Sears Tower in Chicago. However, when it opened on May 1, 1931, it was the tallest building in the world. Millions travel to the building each year and travel up to the 86th or 102nd floor to view the observatory. When it was built, it even had a dirigible mooring mast that originally was added to be used as a docking station for dirigibles. It was quite the engineering and building feat to construct the tallest building and much coordination on every aspect of the building was needed to open in just a little over one year.
Washington Monument in Washington D.C. is, of course, in memory of our first president, George Washington. Originally intended to be the centerpiece of Washington D.C., it now stands in the Monument Mall and is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. Construction was started on July 4, 1848 when the Freemasons had a cornerstone laying ceremony. Due to a series of delays regarding money, the Civil War, etc., it wasn’t completed until 1884, however, it wasn’t opened to the public until October 9, 1888.
Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota is a monument to spirit of the United states according to the sculptor, Gutzon Borlgum. With four of the Presidents’ likenesses carved into the side of a mountain, it took 14 years to complete and $989,992.32 to build. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln & Theodore Roosevelt were each selected due to accomplishments made during their individual terms.
Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognizable symbols of San Francisco, CA. Named after the strait is spans, the bridge was declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Built in just 4 years, it was completed ahead of time and under budget. It is truly a marvel, and is possibly the most photographed bridge in the world. At one time the longest suspension bridge in the world, it spans at 4,200 feet.
The Hoover Dam was built between 1931 and 1935. It serves several purposes, including generating electricity, controlling floods, controlling silt, and help with irrigation. Building of Hoover Dam created the largest man-made reservoir in the United States, Lake Mead. Hoover Dam is 726.4 feet high and was made with 3.25 million tons of concrete.
The Brooklyn Bridge links Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn so people and goods could cross the East River. It was officially opened on May 24, 1883, and at the time was the longest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. And, for many years after completion, the Brooklyn Bridge was the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere.
The Seattle Space Needle built for the 1962 World’s Fair was designed to represent the future. It is designed to withstand 200 MPH winds and is now synonymous with Seattle. It is the tallest building, at 605 feet, west of the Mississippi River. One interesting fact is the Space Needle is fastened to its foundation with 72 bolts, each 30 feet in length! From the top of the Space Needle, tourists can view the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, Elliot Bay and its islands, as well as downtown Seattle.
So, for a great trip select any one of these destination spots or more for a great family vacation this summer! Make sure to take lots of photos and share a few with us. We would love to see them. And, if your trip requires a flight, make sure you check out ParkRideFlyUSA.com’s great rates at off-airport parking lots. Located near major airports, our vendors provide great service, transportation to and from the airport, luggage assistance, and rates you can afford. Get a guaranteed reservation and relax knowing your car will be safe during your trip. We look forward to seeing you soon!