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America is large, with tons of landmark sites beyond Niagara, Mt. Rushmore, and the Statue of Liberty.

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Hal Amen

Hal Amen is a managing editor at Matador. His personal travel blog is WayWorded.

  • Julie


    Thanks for the shout out about the African Burial Ground, which is one of many overlooked national landmarks in NYC. Just found out about the only remaining Greek Jewish temple here, too:

    I’ve been to Chaco and it’s just beautiful. Hell of a road to get there, though.

    • Hal Amen

      It was one of the first that came to mind when I started thinking about this post, thanks to you. :)

  • Liv

    These photos are stunning! I was really pleased to see St. Augustine on the list; I grew up in Florida and it was a big part of my school experience. A terrific place. great write ups for all the spots you mentioned!

    • Hal Amen

      Thanks Liv, glad you enjoyed

  • Kathy

    Shiprock *does* look like the portable mountain in Krull! How many thousands of times did we watch that movie? ;-)

    Neat photos and neat places. I want to go up in that bridge observatory in Maine next time we’re up there.

  • JoAnna

    I absolutely LOVE Great Basin National Park. The trails are practically deserted and the sky is ridiculously dark at night.

    One other site that is often overlooked because of Zion and Bryce National Parks is Cedar Breaks National Monument. Someone once said that if CBNM was located anywhere but where it is actually located, it would be a national park instead.

    • Hal Amen

      Wow, I’ve never heard of Cedar Breaks, so there you go!

  • Kristin Conard

    This is a great list! :) I’m a big fan of the sand dunes in Colorado.

  • Anne

    What a cool list. I’d love to see Seattle Underground.

  • Juli

    Well, I believe there are a lot of Michigan landmarks that get completely ignored: The Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, the Sleeping Bear dunes, the pictured rocks, the Sault Ste. Marie locks, Tahquamenon falls, Isle Royale, the list can go on for a while. Michigan is a beautiful state, but it gets overlooked way too much.

    • Hal Amen

      Great additions, Juli. Thanks for chiming in. I’ll certainly keep these in mind for a vol. 2.

  • Randy

    Lave Beds National Monument is one of the most otherworldly places I have ever visited in the US. I grew up in Klamath Falls, OR just north of there and was introduced to this very special place as a kid. I’ve returned twice and I marvel at how the world just seems to have forgotten the rich and twisted legacy of this sacred space. A first pass reveals a wonderfully alien landscape replete with lava formations, lava tubes, ice caves, raptors and and painfully blue skies. And oh the wind. The land talks to you here. Closer examination reveals this area has a twisted history what with the nearby Tulelake Segregation Center and best and worst of all, Captain Jack’s Stronghold. How can we all not know how a brilliant, pissed off hothead Modoc by the name of Captain Jack and his small band of men (outnumbered more than 10-1) used the labyrinth like lava formations to effect an epic Calvary fail. It was here at the ripe old age of 10 that I became clear that “westward ho” and manifest destiny were really just big ole tragic mistakes. Had we taken a minute to talk with the Modoc and Klamath Indians before we shattered their world we would have found a culture that was beyond rich and incomparably savvy.

    • Hal Amen

      Nice. Definitely building up good content for a second edition here. Keep ‘em coming!

      • Randy

        Just noticed the egregious typo … amke that Lava Beds National Monument!

  • Warren

    Some amazing places on there!

    But having fallen into the trap of the visit of the ‘Seattle Underground’, I must say it was the worst tourist scam I have ever fallen for (and I have travelled extensively). I found it a long uninteresting tour, and apparently so did 1/3 of the tour group which chose to leave the tour when we went overground at some point half way through the tour. I and a friend stuck around until the end. An expensive waste of time.

    (This is of course only a personal opinion)

    • Hal Amen

      Thanks for this, Warren. Some of these I’ve visited and some I haven’t (Seattle Underground falling to the latter). But I suppose it could be argued that certain destinations/attractions are “overlooked” for a reason. :)

  • Kelly stevens

    Russell cave national historic site in Alabama not far from Chatannoga, Tennis. is also worth being on the list.

  • Cathy Sweeney

    Great choices here! I’ve been to several of these places and agree that they are very much overlooked. The Indian mounds are fascinating — there are some in Wisconsin that are impressive, too. Also, I loved the Petrified Forest in Arizona when I went there many years ago — would love to go again. Glad to see an article about these landmarks.

  • Dan

    Please change your reference from “American Indians” to Native Americans, as they do NOT mean the same thing.

    • Hal Amen

      From Wikipedia: “The terms used to refer to Native Americans are controversial; according to a 1995 US Census Bureau set of home interviews, most of the respondents with an expressed preference refer to themselves as American Indians or Indians.”

  • D

    I love Fort Ticonderoga. The King’s Garden is beautiful, too. Fuck, Lake George is amazing.

  • ScottLoar

    At first glance I thought the St. Augustine scene was the entrance at Oak Alley Plantation (1837-1839) in Vacherie, Louisiana, especially notable because the live oaks were planted to a canopy effect the original owner would have never lived to see complete.

    • BPT-Rex

      I thought the same thing too!

  • Natalie

    This is such a stellar collection… thanks for the ideas! (love the Krull reference, btw!)

  • Linda Graham

    I always thought the Big Bend area of Texas was a national park. If it’s not, then it should be – same goes for the Gila Wilderness and City of Rocks in New Mexico.

  • Matt

    Don’t know if there’s any other place quite like this. The Shelbourne Museum, Shelbourne VT.

    Shelburne Museum is an museum of art and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont, United States. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. It is located on 45 acres (18 ha) near Lake Champlain. – A Museum of everything Americana.

  • Richard Pook

    Ah, St Augustine, such a fantastic place, wonderful people, and home to the excellent Flagler College. I try and visit as much as possible, the place just puts you in a beautiful mood.

  • Michelle Schusterman

    I love. love. LOVE the underground tour in Seattle! Highly recommend it to anyone who visits!

  • Ozarkian

    The Ozark National Scenic Riverways encompasses the Current and Jack’s Fork Rivers in rural Missouri. This park features some of the most pristine waterways in the country. Check Big Spring, on the Current River, discharges 276 million gallons of water a day, making it one of the largest springs in the world. The area really is one of the most beautiful places in the country, and is often overlooked by people who aren’t from the area.

    • Hal Amen

      Sweet, thanks. I’ll be driving through next month. Will try to check it out.

  • Clipping Path India

    Just awesome places!

  • Clipping Path India

    Just awesome places!

  • James

    I live like 10 minutes from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.. I vote that it’s overlooked by Fort Knox which is right next to it rather than a bridge that is on the other side of the country, but that’s just me I guess

  • JK

    Always completely overlooked is Tallgrass National Prairie Preserve in Kansas..I’ve been all over the US, and it still takes my breath away every time.

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