What makes landmarks iconic? They’re sites described by adjectives like biggest, tallest, grandest, raddest. They’re instantly recognizable. Their stories are shared in schools and on Instagram (more than three million times, if you’re the #brooklynbridge). Taken together, these stories — of shiny public art, of world-class museums, of historic streets — give an insight into the identity of a nation.
From abandoned prisons and cursed diamonds to psychedelic tunnels and shiny beans, here are 13 iconic landmarks to see in 13 US cities. Some of them are better known than others, but you can get to them all from a Greyhound station near you.