- Golden Gate Bridge
Welcome to the Golden Gate Bridge! The Bridge connects San Francisco to California’s northern counties. With its tremendous 746-foot tall towers, sweeping main cables, signature of International Orange color, and Art Deco styling, it is a sensory experience featuring color, light, and sound. With more than 10 million annual visitors, be ready for crowds (especially during the summer) and changing weather conditions.
- The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and ,she is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924. Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933
Between 1886 and 1924, almost 14 million immigrants entered the United States through New York. She was a reassuring sign that they had arrived in the land of their dreams. To these anxious newcomers, the Statue’s uplifted torch did not suggest “enlightenment,” as her creators intended, but rather, “welcome.” Over time, Liberty emerged as the “Mother of Exiles,” a symbol of hope to generations of immigrants.
The opening of the immigrant processing station at Ellis Island in 1892 in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty facilitated an immigrant association, as did the later popularity of Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus.” In 1883, Lazarus has donated her poem, Emma Lazarus’s poem was given to an auction raising funds for the construction of the Statue’s pedestal. That poem vividly depicted the Statue of Liberty as offering refuge to new immigrants from the miseries of Europe. “The New Colossus” received little attention at the time, but in 1903 was engraved on a bronze plaque and affixed to the base of the Statue.
- Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park are the flagship of the National Park Service and is a favorite to millions of visitors each year. The park is a best destination for all members of the family. By driving the grand loop road, you can view the park from the comfort of your vehicle and also take a rest at one of the many roadside picnic areas. For the active visitor, the park have thousands of miles of trails for day hikes to back country explorations. The main attractions are all located on the grand loop road and here are some of the top reasons to visit the park.
Spring has abundant wildlife, roaring waterfalls and wild weather. It can snow or be in the 70’s. In summer has it all including the most crowds. Get out early and eat your breakfast on the road! Fall is a special time of year. For wildlife there is a sense of urgency in the air. Everything seems to be diminishing including the crowds. Winter is a time of solitude. In past years it was more “economical” to visit most of the park. Now it is more expensive unless you can afford a snow coach or guided snowmobile tour. The North Entrance is the busiest due to the ease of access and plowed road.
If you’re thinking of going before 2017, you’ll be visiting during the Christmas season–our favorite time of year at Disneyland! We’ve already been several times during Holiday Time at Disneyland–you can read our impressions in our post, which covers all of the new and returning entertainment, food, etc., for this Christmas at Disneyland.
- GRAND CANYON
Of the over five million people who visit the Grand Canyon every year, ¾ arrive during the peak summer season. From April to October, the South Rim and Grand Canyon West are full with activity as people soak up the sun and explore the Grand Canyon’s many scenic viewpoints and attractions.
Summer is a popular time for family vacations, and going in Las Vegas , but if you’re looking for a quieter, more serene Grand Canyon experience and “don’t mind bundling up a little consider” visiting in the off-season between November and March.