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America the Beautiful: 25 Greatest American Monuments

From the majestic Canyon de Chelly to the historical Washington Monument, these 25 Greatest American Monuments are sure to make you step back and take in the beauty of America. Learn all about the founding of our country through monuments like Fort Frederica. Take a trip through time to see the beginnings of civilization at the Agate Fossil Beds.

Check them out to see if maybe you have one of the 25 Greatest American Monuments right in your own backyard…

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  • Statue of Liberty 2 of 26
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    This symbol of freedom was given to the United States by the French and became a National Monument in 1924.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • World War II Valor in the Pacific 3 of 26
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    Take a moment of silence at this National Monument that preserves the stories of Pearl Harbor, the battles of Aleutians and more.
    See more at Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.

  • Muir Woods 4 of 26
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    For anyone with a heart for trees, the Muir Woods National Monument is a stomping ground you shouldn't pass up.
    Photo via NAtional Geographic.

  • Fort Frederica National Monument 5 of 26
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    Check out the exact place where we almost lost Georgia to the Spanish in 1742.
    Photo via Golden Isles.

  • Fort Pulaski 6 of 26
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    Science and technology combined at Fort Pulaski to ensure a Union victory during the Civil War.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Vermilion Cliffs 7 of 26
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    Head to Arizona to take in the splendor of the Vermilion Cliffs .
    Photo via National Geographic.

  • Washington Monument 8 of 26
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    Head to Washington D.C. to see the famous 555-foot and 5 1/8" Washington Monument .
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Little Bighorn Battlefield 9 of 26
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    The Little Bighorn Battlefield memorializes the fight between the U.S. Army against the Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in one of their last efforts to maintain their way of life.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Castle Clinton 10 of 26
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    Castle Clinton stands as a landmark where New York City and our country first began.
    Find out more at NY Mag.

  • White Sands National Monument 11 of 26
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    Take a trip to New Mexico to see the 275 square foot gypsum White Sand dunes protected by our country.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Oregon Caves 12 of 26
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    Inside the Siskiyou Mountains are the enchanting "Marble Halls of Oregon" that should definitely not be missed.
    Photo via National Park Service.

  • Cedar Breaks 13 of 26
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    Stand on the edge and take in the beauty of Cedar Breaks amphitheater filled with bustling wildlife.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Fort Matanzas 14 of 26
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    On the coast of Florida sits Fort Matanzas, which still stands as a historic fort that reminds us of the fight it took to develop the New World.
    Photo via City Data.

  • Colorado National Monument 15 of 26
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    Take a drive through this stunning landscape filled with red rock canyons and wild animals you most likely do not see every day.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Governors Island 16 of 26
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    Visit the oldest European settlement in the country called Governors Island, enjoy a picnic, history, and a beautiful view.
    Photo via Governors Island.

  • Craters of the Moon 17 of 26
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    Visit Idaho to see the Earth in action at Craters of the Moon. See 618 square miles of lava fields and how the land has been changing through time.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Canyon de Chelly 18 of 26
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    Through all the changes this country has had, Canyon de Chelly has stayed inhabited consistently for almost 5,000 years. Visit to see history in the making.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Montezuma Castle 19 of 26
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    This National Monument was once inhabited by the Sinagua people as early as the 1100s. Visitors used to be able to walk through it, but it started to wear down and now you can take in the beauty from a distance.
    Find out more at National Geographic.

  • Castillo de San Marcos 20 of 26
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    The Castillo de San Marcos became a National Monument in 1924, but has been an important part of American history since 1672.
    Find out more atNational Park Service.

  • Cabrillo National Monument 21 of 26
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    See the location where the first European, Rodriguez Cabrillo, set foot on the West Coast of the United States.
    Photo via California Blog.

  • Organ Pipe Cactus 22 of 26
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    Upon heading to Arizona, make sure to take a stop to see the Organ Pipe Cactus International Biosphere Reserve and learn all about the unique life that lives in this beautiful place.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Agate Fossil Beds 23 of 26
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    Travel through time when you visit the Agate Fossil Beds in Nebraska. You will see everything from animals that once roamed to some of the earliest settlers and explorers.
    Find out more at National Park Service.

  • Fort Sumter 24 of 26
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    Visit Fort Sumter in the Charleston Harbor to learn the history behind the Civil War and the first shots fired at Fort Sumter that turned into war.
    Photo via Fort Sumter.

  • Devils Tower 25 of 26
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    On your trip to Wyoming, make sure to stop by the majestic Devil's Tower to see this unique volcanic formation.
    Photo via Wyoming Tourism.

  • Rio Grande Del Norte 26 of 26
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    Only as of March 25, 2013 has this stunning place in New Mexico been declared a National Monumet. Be one of the first to check it out with this title.
    Find out more at Wilderness.

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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