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Las Vegas

Black Canyon Hoover Dam

San Francisco

Alcatraz

Calico

San Antonio

The Alamo
 

Charleston

Old Exchange & Provest Dungeon

Orlando
Kennedy Space Center
 

New Orleons

Cathedral Basilica of St Louis
Chalmette Battlefield
 

New York

Empire State Building
Statue of Liberty
Ellis Island
Chrysler Building
Twin Towers, 9/11 Memorial & Museum
St Patrick's Cathedral

 

Georgia

Marietta & Kennesaw Museum
Barrington Hall
Primrose Cottage

Dahlonega Old Court House & Gold Museum

Atlanta History Centre
Cyclorama, Atlanta
Swan House, Atlanta
Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park




Tennessee

Nashville Parthenon
THe Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson



North Carolina
Asheville

Biltmore House

                         

 
        United States of America

 
Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip
 
Set in the Mojave Desert in Nevada near the west coast of the United States, Las Vegas is famous for its casinos and entertainment and is seen by many as the entertainment capitol of the world, and its tolerance for most types of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City.  READ MORE

 

 


Black Canyon
Hoover Dam

 
The Hoover Dam is located in the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, spanning the state line between Arizona and Nevada. Constructed between the years of 1931 and 1935 during the Depression, its purpose was to control the flooding of the Colorado, which, prior to its construction, would happen on a regular basis, causing destruction, misery and loss of life. It would also enable the irrigation of the surrounding area, providing greater productive use of the land, and harness the power of the river enabling electricity to be produced in order to supply Arizona, Nevada and CaliforniaREAD MORE




 
San Francisco
Alcatraz

 
Located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, Alcatraz Island is often referred to as "The Rock". It is most famous as the federal prison - which it was from 1933 until 1963 - although the small island was first developed to provide a base and facilities for a lighthouse;  it was then to become a military fortification, and in 1868 a military prison.  READ MORE

 





Mojave Desert
Calico

 
Famous today as a ghost town and tourist attraction, Calico was once a thriving silver mining town. Located in the Mojave Desert, California it was founded in 1881 when four prospectors discovered silver in the mountain, and opened the Silver King Mine, which was to become California's largest silver producer with a production of $13 – 20 million. READ MORE


 



 
San Antonio
The Alamo

 
Originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, the mission is now better known as the Alamo and forms part of the World Heritage Site of the San Antonio Missions which are located in San Antonio, Southern Texas. The Alamo is famous for a stand by around 200 personnel made against the army of Mexico in 1836. This resulted in the deaths of all the defenders, who included Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and became a rallying point leading to the independence of Texas. READ MORE
 

 

Charleston
 
 
Old Exchange & Provest Dungeon
 
Old_Exchange_&_Provest_DungeonBuilt between 1768-1771 as the office of the King’s Customs Collector, a public meeting place and a place for entertainment, the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon with its’ striking Georgian Palladian architecture was one of the last formal structures built by the British Colonial Government in the American Colonies. Prior to the construction of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, the Court of Guard building stood on the site. This held a jail which imprisoned many pirates and had a meeting room above it.  READ MORE
 


Orlando

Kennedy Space Center
 

The Kennedy Space Center has been the primary launch centre for the United States human spaceflight programme since 1968. Today it contains a Visitors Complex displaying numerous artefacts related to the exploration of space. READ MORE


 


 

New Orleans

Cathedral Basilica of St Louis

Located in the French quarter of New Orleans the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France (known as the “Old” Cathedral) is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the United States and dates back to the mid-18th century when a log church was first built at that location.  Erected in the period 1724-1727, the church was destroyed in the great fire of New Orleans in 1788. In 1789 the second church was begun and was dedicated as a cathedral on Christmas Eve 1794.  READ MORE
 


Chalmette Battlefield

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The Chalmette Battlefield is the site just outside of New Orleans where the Battle of New Orleans took place in the War of 1812 between American troops and the British.
 
The Battle of New Orleans was the third and final advance by the British in the War of 1812 which was fought to secure US maritime rights, reduce British influence and to pave the way for the US to Annex Canada. This was much of a stalemate in the first two years but in 1814, following the defeat of Napoleon, the British were able to reinforce its army in the Americas which resulted in the burning of Washington, DC.  READ MORE
 

 

New York

Empire State Building


The Empire State Building is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, and is one of the world’s most famous buildings.  It was, at the time of its construction in 1930-1931, the world’s tallest building, consisting of 103 stories. 

The site started its commercial life as farm land when, in 1799, the City of New York sold the land bounded by what is now Broadway, Sixth Avenue and Madison Avenue for $2,600 to John Thompson for farming.  READ MORE
 
 
 
The Statue of Liberty

Statue_of_LibertyLocated on Liberty Island at the entrance to New York harbour, an island that was originally known as Bedloe's Island but in 1956 Bedloe's Island was renamed Liberty Island by a joint resolution in Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  The statue itself was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States.  READ MORE

 

Ellis Island Immigration Centre

Ellis_Island_ApproachEllis Island Immigration Centre is part of Statue of Liberty National Monument in the mouth of New York Harbour. It functioned as an immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954 for people wishing to emigrate to the United States. The main building was converted to a museum of immigration in 1990 and tells the story of the immigrants and the process that they went through in order to be assessed prior to being allowed into the United States.  READ MORE

 

The Chrysler Building

Chrysler_Building_New_York
Located at the intersection of 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, the Chrysler Building is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and considered by many contemporary architects to be one of the finest buildings in New York.

Reaching a height of 1,046 feet (318.9 m), It was the first man-made structure to stand taller than 1,000 feet (305 m) and was the world's tallest building for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931.  READ MORE





World Trade Centre 9/11 Memorial and Museum


World_Trade_Centre_Memorial
The 9/11 Memorial and Museum stand on the site of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre which was destroyed when two hijacked aircraft were deliberately flown into the buildings on September 11, 2001 resulting in the loss of nearly 3,000 lives
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St Patrick's Cathedral

St_Patricks_Cathedral
Built of brick and clad in marble, St Patrick’s Cathedral was completed in 1878 to become a prominent New York City landmark.  It is the largest neo-Gothic-style Catholic cathedral in North America and can hold 3,000 people.  The cathedral has undergone a number of renovations over the years since its completion.  It contains some beautiful artefacts, including a Pietà, sculpted by William Ordway Partridge, which is three times larger than Michelangelo's Pietà found in St Peter’s Cathedral in the Vatican, Rome.
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St Bartholomew's Episcopal Church (St Bart’s)


St_Barts_Church,_New_YorkSaint Bartholomew’s (St Barts’s) Church is the third Episcopal church since its foundation in 1835.  The current one being consecrated in 1918 but not being completed until 1930. The original design was changed in 1924 upon the death of the original architect.  The church is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, a U.S. National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark and displays some beautiful carvings and stained-glass windows and contains one of the ten largest pipe organs in the world.    READ MORE
 




Georgia


 

Marietta and Kennesaw Museums

 

Kennesaw_Museum_Main_ReducedOn April 12, 1862, the building which is today the Marietta Museum was a hotel known as the Fletcher House, although this was later to be known as the Kennesaw House.  It was here that began one of the most famous locomotive chases in history.

 
The American Civil War (1861-1865) began when eleven southern states seceded from the Union in 1860 over the issue of slavery.  These eleven states formed the Confederate States of America (CSA).  The Civil War began in April 1861 when Confederate troops fired on Union forces at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbour.  This action lead to the bloodiest conflict in American history.  READ MORE

 
 
Barrington Hall

Barrington_Hall_(1)Barrington Hall, built in the stately Greek Revival style, provides a glimpse of what must have been a very imposing building, with its three colonnaded sides having a total of fourteen Doric columns.
 
The construction of Barrington Hall was begun in 1839 by Barrington King to be his new family home in Roswell, Georgia.  It remained in his family for 154 years until being acquired briefly by a family friend and conservationist and, ultimately, by the City of Roswell in 2005.  READ MORE
 
 
Primrose Cottage
 
Primrose_Cottage_Rosswell_MainLocated in Roswell, Georgia, Primrose Cottage was the town’s first permanent private home.  The home was built by Roswell King for his daughter, Eliza King Hand, and her children following the death of her husband.  Roswell King, together with his son Barrington King, founded the Roswell Manufacturing Company, building a textile mill there, which lead to the development of the new town.  READ MORE



 



Dahlonega 
 
Old Court House and Gold Museum

Dahlonega_Museum
Dahlonega Old Court House and Gold Museum is the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia one of the most visited state historic sites. Built in 1836 it was the Lumpkin County Courthouse until 1965 when it was acquired by the State of Georgia and was converted to a museum, opening in 1967 to commemorates America's first gold rush and the mining history of Lumpkin County. READ MORE

 



Atlanta

 

Atlanta History Centre

Atlanta_History_Centre
The Atlanta History Centre was founded to preserve and display the history of Atlanta. Located on a 33-acre site it contains a number of exhibitions displaying the artefacts related to the local area which depict the events and way of life of its inhabitants in the past.  It also includes a number of buildings showing how the people, ranging from slaves to the higher end of society, lived.  READ MORE
 

Cyclorama, Atlanta History Centre


Cyclorama_Viewing_PlatformThe cyclorama in Atlanta is a large painting 49 feet high that completely circles a raised platform which is used as a viewing point. This creates the illusion that the viewer is part of the scene. Artificial scenery in a diorama extends down from the painting giving it a three-dimensional effect. Dating from the late 19th century it is used to tell the story of the Battle of Atlanta. It moved to its present location in 2017 as part of the Atlanta History Centre exhibition.  READ MORE

 



Swan House


Swan_House_Atlanta_Garden_ViewSwan House in Atlanta was built in 1928 for Edward Inman a wealthy businessman. The Inman family lived in the house until 1965 when it was purchased by the Atlanta Historical Society.  In 2000 the house underwent a $5.4 million restoration, which was completed in 2004 and now shows a number of rooms in the style that was prominent in the 1930s for the wealthy at that time.  READ MORE


 
 

Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park

King_Center_Visitor_Center
The Martin Luther King Jr National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia, is located in the neighbourhood where he was born.  The area includes a visitors center with a museum, Dr. King’s tomb, the house where he was born, and other buildings connected to his life and work. READ MORE


 




Nashville

 
Parthenon


Nashville_ParthenonThe first full scale replica of the Parthenon of the Acropolis in Athens was constructed as the centrepiece of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition in 1897. This was made of brick, wood lath and plaster. The reason it was chosen was due to Nashville having the reputation as the “Athens of the South”. READ MORE


 
 
The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson


Hermitage_of_Andrew_JacksonThe Hermitage, home of General Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States is one of the Nation’s oldest and largest historic site museums. It incorporates the home and grounds and a number of outbuildings and displays many of Jackson personal effects showing them as they would have been seen in Jackson’s days.  It also includes his tomb and that of his wife Rachel. READ MORE

 



North Carolina

Asheville

 
Biltmore House


Biltmore_HouseConstructed by George Vanderbilt in the 1890s, Biltmore House, consists of 250 rooms spread over a floor plan of over 4 acres, it is the largest privately-owned house in the United States. The family seat of the Cecil family, the descendants of the Vanerbilts, it has been open to the public since the 1930s. READ MORE



 

 

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