The most effective way to get a true sense of history is to stand where it actually has taken place. For a country as large as the United States, this may seem like an overwhelming or even impossible undertaking, but it never hurts to give it a shot. For those that want to see how United States was shaped, here are some historical sites that everyone should add to their bucket list.
Ellis Island became one of the largest immigration stations in the country in 1892 and stayed active all the way through 1954. Not only was it a practical location in which the United States had to continuously change its immigration policies as millions moved through this small island, but it also became a symbol of the melting pot that the country would become. Modern studies show that the ancestors of over 100 million Americans passed through Ellis Island.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Few historical sites in the United States are as profoundly emotional and important as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Located in Arlington National Cemetery, this stretching monument serves as a reminder for all American soldiers that have died in battle over the last 230 years. The iconic changing of the guard continues to take place daily as a sign of respect to those that have been lost during and after battle.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has come to symbolize a monumental shift in conservation in the United States. Countless authors, poets, and other artists have claimed it to be one of the most beautiful locations in the world with views that can be seen nowhere else. John Muir helped the public to not only appreciate the beauty of this park, but to also recognize its ecological importance to the country.
USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona Memorial is one of the most recognizable memorials in the country and remains exactly where it was sunk in Pearl Harbor in 1941. The sinking of the USS Arizona along with the rest of the damage inflicted in Hawaii is seen as one of the single biggest reasons that the United States decided to fully join World War II. Veterans of the Pearl Harbor bombing continue to act as guides and park rangers for this memorial.
The history of the United States has been painted by both good and bad events, and these few locations are a great place to truly dig into the foundation of this country.
The information for this article was provided by Norwich University which offers a masters in history for prospective students.