Photos: 10 All-American Must Sees for All Americans
Lists: Flyover America's Sophia Dembling shares the sights that will make you swoon
11.06.09 | 11:07 AM ET
While there is more to see in America than we could see in a lifetime of travel, certain sights are so key to our understanding and appreciation of all we have here in Our Beloved 50, we can scarcely call ourselves Americans without having seen them. Some of the 10 sights that follow will make you proud, others may make you want to holler and throw things at me. Have at it.
Everybody in America is within a day’s drive of at least one National Park. These have not received the official love for nothing. From the crashing coastline of Acadia in Maine to the prickly beauty of Big Bend in West Texas, our national parks are national treasures. See Yellowstone and at least two more.
This isn’t actually America, it’s on Navajo land, but they are kind enough to share it. Aficionados of the great Southwest all have their own favorite moonscapes but I will stick my neck out and call Monument Valley the most stirring spectacle. It’s no wonder the Navajo and other indigenous Americans worship the land on which we live.
Honestly, I find it hard to believe this even exists, it’s so over-the-top. And it’s quintessentially American—ambitious, self-confident, larger than life and, not altogether in the best of taste. But loveable.
The National Mall
Do I really have to spell this out? This is where it all happens. You can smell the power in the air. And no matter how cynical you might be about our government, you will be moved by the National Mall. No, really.
The Country by Car
Drive east to west, west to east, it doesn’t matter. It just matters that you get the full sense of the awesomeness that is America, sea to shining sea and everything in between. You could spend a lifetime doing nothing but this and never get bored. Well, I could, anyway.