Using hints to guess both famous and obscure U.S. attractions
Ready to see how well you know some of the most iconic landmarks in America? We’ve picked ten structures, monuments, and attractions from all across the country, and now it’s up to you to guess them based on our helpful hints.
Below you’ll find blurred out photos of various top U.S. landmarks. Some have a history element, while others align more with pop culture. We even slipped some tricky ones in there! When you think you have the answer or want to give up, simply scroll over the photo to see the answer revealed. Once you know the answer, click “tell me more” to find out additional facts and tidbits about each attraction. Good luck!
Hover over each photo to reveal the answer!
Curious Alice sits perched atop a mushroom, surrounded by her friends: the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, and even Dormouse. Tucked on the north side of Central Park’s Conservatory Water, this fairy tale sculpture has been a charming fixture in New York City ever since its creation in 1959. The bronze masterpiece was cast at the Modern Art Foundry in nearby Astoria, and it was designed as an interactive installation, encouraging children to climb and explore the fictional characters.
This majestic fountain was dedicated to Clarence F. Buckingham, the former director of the Art Institute of Chicago. After his death, his sister funded the creation of the memorial structure, which was meant to rival the Latona Basin in the Garden of Versailles. With the Chicago skyline as its backdrop, the fountain was unveiled in 1927, showcasing its pink marble design with bronze sculptures, 820 lights, and 134 jets in Grant Park. At the time, it was the largest fountain in the world, and today it is still celebrated as an architectural feat.
On Philadelphia’s South Street, you’ll discover an eccentric art space, where ordinary objects create extraordinary designs. Artist Isaiah Zagar began his out-of-this-world mosaic work in the 1960s, using everything from bike spokes to mirrors to decorate the city corridor. The nonprofit organization Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens later purchased the spectacle, now preserving the space, while inviting guests to marvel at the whimsy.
Starting in 1927, sculptor Gutzon Borglum began carving the likeness of prominent presidents into the face of Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt were the chosen four. They each have noses that are 20 feet long and mouths that’s are 18 feet across. At the base of the monument, venture into Memorial Team Ice Cream, where you can order a scoop made from Thomas Jefferson’s original 1780 ice cream recipe.
Originally named Euterpe, this ship was built on the Isle of Man in 1863. She had a treacherous life, as she experienced a mutiny, survived through a cyclone, and overcame restorations. Over the years, she successfully circumnavigated the globe 21 times, and in 1906, she earned the new name Star of India. Today, the ship is docked at San Diego Harbor and is a member of the Maritime Museum of San Diego with on-board exhibits. She is completely functioning and still takes regular trips out into the water.
Unlike other geysers in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, Old Faithful is reliable as it shoots off roughly 17 times a day. Though the intervals between eruptions are slowly getting longer over the years, the faithful geyser still puts on a somewhat predictable performance every day. The water temperature is a scorching 204 degrees Fahrenheit, while the steam exceeds 350 degrees. Other nearby geysers in the park include Echinus Geyser, Fearless Geyser, Excelsior Geyser, and countless others.
After the White House, Graceland is the second-most visited home in America. Elvis Presley bought the Graceland estate in 1957 when he was 22 years old. The mansion includes five staircases and 23 rooms, including the Music Room and famous Jungle Room den, which later became his recording studio. The King, his parents, and grandmother are all buried on the grounds in the Mediation Garden. Join a tour of the home and get a glimpse into the legend’s home, practically unchanged since his death in 1977.
This quirky installation in Alliance, Nebraska, may not have the mystery surrounding it like the real Stonehenge, but it is certainly as alluring. Made from 39 grey-painted vintage cars, this roadside attraction includes all the same elements of the real deal, including the Heel and Slaughter Stone. Artist Jim Reinders, who studied the ancient structure in England, designed and dedicated the creation to his late father in 1987. Pull over and explore this automobile-themed masterpiece, and discover the other car creations and the Pit Stop Gift Shop, too.
Only recently nicknamed Dakota Thunder, the World’s Largest Buffalo was built in 1959. Sculptor Elmer Petersen erected the massive buffalo in Jamestown with the hopes that the cement mammal would encourage visitors to stop in town to witness the beast in all his glory. Indeed, the towering buffalo has garnered much attention over the years, and he sits on what is now known as Frontier Village, home to the National Buffalo Museum and Northern Pacific Railroad Depot.
Located within the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, the Stone of Hope is a 28-foot tall carving of the late civil rights leader. Revealed in 2011, the memorial honors King’s legacy and leadership during the Civil Rights Movement, and is named after a line in his famous I Have a Dream Speech. The statue sits near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, and is unique because it is one of only four other D.C. monuments that honor a non-president.
How many landmarks did you correctly guess?
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