Monday, June 12, 2017

VISIT A LANDMARK

Here's something to add to your bucket list this summer. Take a cross-country trip -- from D.C. to San Francisco -- and visit the top 10 landmarks in the U.S. as chosen by Trip Advisor. The number one landmark is Alcatraz, the former high-security prison located on an island in San Francisco Bay. Often called "The Rock," the island is only accessible by boat. The abandoned Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary is a popular tourist site, but visitors to Alcatraz can also see the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast, early military fortifications and natural features, such as rock pools and a seabird colony of western gulls, cormorants and egrets. The tour of the penitentiary includes the prison's main cell house, dining hall, library, warden's house and officers' club, recreation yard and more. Alcatraz housed some 1,576 of America's most ruthless criminals including Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Bumpy Johnson, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Mickey Cohen, Arthur R. "Doc" Barker, James "Whitey" Bulger, and Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (who served more time at Alcatraz than any other inmate), reports Wikipedia.

The top 10 landmarks in the U.S.A., according to Trip Advisor:

  1. Alcatraz -- San Francisco 
  2. Golden Gate Bridge -- San Francisco 
  3. Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool -- Washington, DC 
  4. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum -- New York City 
  5. USS Arizona Memorial -- Honolulu 
  6. Empire State Building -- New York City 
  7. Statue of Liberty -- New York City 
  8. Brooklyn Bridge -- Brooklyn, NY 
  9. Grand Central Terminal -- New York City 
  10. Gettysburg National Military Park -- Gettysburg, PA

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