I’ve been pretty South-heavy with my posts as of late. (Honestly, could you blame me? I had some important things to cover: Rodeo. Fried Apple Pies… Nike Shorts :P)
That’s why I felt it was time to turn my attention to my home: The Nawth, and I wanted to honor it with a map of my picking of the seven wonders of the Northeast.
It was extremely hard to pick just seven, mind you. I had great difficulties picking one location over the other because the Northeast is vastly rich in American history.
As you will see, most of these mapped locations are historical, but a couple of them are purely for the beauty that is the Northeast.
Take a look at my Google Map.
When you click on each point, you will see a description of each wonder, why it’s interesting, why you should visit it and one fun fact about it. You will find similar information in this blog post as well, but in a more elaborated fashion with a link to the official website of each place.
Here are my personal seven wonders of the Northeast. They are ordered from northern most to southern most by location.
1. Acadia National Park, Maine
Acadia National Park is located in southeastern Maine, and while it’s a hike up there if you’re not from the state, visitors say it’s worth the trip. This national park offers infinite breathtaking views of nature and wildlife from scenic mountain tops to moose in their natural habitat. The park is home to thousands of species of birds, plants and animals, and is perfect for kids, students and adults alike. Acadia is the ideal park for any nature-lover, or for anyone who wants peace and quiet from the chaotic hustle of life. Each year, tourists love to hike, climb Acadia’s historic peaks, take a relaxing bike ride or just breathe in the refreshing New England air. There are few places in the nation that are so naturally beautiful, and are so perfect to relax.
For more information, visit the park’s official website here.
Did you know? Acadia National Park is 47,000 acres and is the oldest American National Park east of the Mississippi River.
2. Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
If you’re an American citizen, chances are you’ve heard of Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is the name of the three waterfalls that straddle the borders of Ontario, Canada and New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge and are a breathtaking sight to behold from both sides of the border. Though they are called “Niagara Falls” as a collection, the three waterfalls have individual names. From largest to smallest, the falls are called the “Horseshoe Falls,” the “American Falls” and the “Bridal Veil Falls.”
Niagara Falls is the perfect place to take a vacation, whether with family and friends, children or alone. There are a wide range of things to see and do from the famed ferry ride beneath the falls to touring the section of the Eerie Canal nearby. For more information, visit Niagara Falls’ tourist information website here.
Did you know? The three waterfalls combine to produce the highest water flow rate of any waterfall on earth!
3. Plymouth Rock, Plymouth, Mass.
Chances are, you know the story. When the Mayflower hit land, or literally rock in 1620, by leader William Bradford. The rock that marked land has been known as Plymouth Rock ever since. The stone marks the site of the Pilgrim’s disembarkation and the beginning of the Plymouth Colony. It is a vital symbol of America and American history that every American should experience at least once in a lifetime.
For more information about the beloved rock and Plymouth Colony, visit its destination or tourist site. This tourist site is a popular one, as it sees approximately one million visitors each year.
Did you know? The majority of the members of the original Plymouth Colony died in the winter of 1620 to 1621. This was a few hundred colonists, and they are all buried near the rock! When you visit this monumental artifact of American history, you will also be visiting the graves of the Pilgrims themselves.
4. The Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, N.Y.
Most people have heard of the Statue of Liberty, but few know her story. France gave the beloved statue to the United States in 1886 to recognize the friendship established between Americans and the French after the American Revolution in the 18th century.
Standing 306 feet tall from foot to torch, the statue has been a national symbol of peace, democracy and freedom ever since. Broken shackles lie at Liberty’s feet to symbolize the end of oppression and tyranny. Her beauty and symbolism has had an impact on people across the world, but she is especially beloved in the United States of America. She will remain be one of our nation’s powerful symbols as long as she stands. Anyone would enjoy beholding Lady Liberty’s elegance, beauty and museum to learn more about the national wonder that Americans know and love.
Like everything else on this list, the State of Liberty receives a high number of tourists each year. Currently, the statue receives approximately four million visitors each year. For more information about the great statue’s history, fun facts, pictures and more visit her official website.
Did you know? The Statue of Liberty was supposed to be a centennial gift in 1876 from France, but it took too long to finance, complete and ship to America. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886 in the New York Harbor ten years “late.”
5. Washington’s Crossing, Pa. (The other side of “Washington’s Crossing” is located in Mercer, N.J.)
On Christmas Day, 1776, George Washington and his Continental Army crossed the Delaware River for a surprise attack on their British opponents. The Continental Army camped on one side of the river while the British remained on the other. It was the dead of winter, and it was extremely blustery, snowy and foggy. The British never expected an attack or battle in these harsh conditions.
As many of us know, George Washington led his army across the Delaware River for a brilliant victory against the British, which gave the American army an upper hand to take back much of New Jersey.
If you are unfamiliar with this story, you’re probably more familiar with this famous painting by Emmanuel Leutze, which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (another wonder of the Northeast, I might add):
As a truly brave and pivotal moment in our nation’s history, any American would be moved to see the location where our first president crossed the Delaware River and visit Washington Crossing Historic Park that’s attached to it. You can learn more about the history of the crossing, the park, the war and visiting at the park’s official website.
Did you know? George Washington and his army crossing the Delaware is re-enacted each year on Christmas Day at Washington Crossing. Many of my friends and family from Jersey have been. They say nothing else does it justice than going to see it yourself.
6. The Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, Pa.
Like the Statue of Liberty and Plymouth Rock, the Liberty Bell is also an iconic symbol of America. Each of these historic wonders symbolize an American value, but the Liberty Bell stands for the one Americans may cherish most: Independence. Let freedom ring.
The Liberty Bell rang and rang from Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 8, 1776 to signal the reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.
The bell was made a national icon when abolitionists adopted it as their symbol in the 19th century to end slavery.
With that being said, the Liberty Bell has ties to both major American wars and like the other wonders on this map, and is an American symbol that any citizen should see for themselves. I remember visiting it myself when I was 10 years old. It is a fantastic way to learn about two historical events in one, and visit the beautiful city of Philadelphia.
You will delight to learn more about the Liberty Bell from history, quotes, trivia and more here at its official website.
Did you know? The bell rang for George Washington’s birthday in 1846, which is what gave it its fatal crack. The Liberty Bell hasn’t rung since.
7. Gettysburg Battlefields, Gettysburg, Pa.
This is a landmark that is close to my heart.
That’s right. I’m a Civil War re-enactor. For the Confederacy. 😉
Each year, I attend the Gettysburg re-enactment. There are events all week, and my boyfriend and I always attend. It is a fascinating and moving place to visit.
You can hear the stories of how the Liberty Bell got is crack, or how the Statue of Liberty came to rest in the New York harbor. You can read about them in books or see their pictures.
You can even go see those landmarks, but no one died there. No one spilt blood for the free and independent life you lead today, but they did at Gettysburg.
That’s what makes the Gettysburg battlefields so special. I have walked them dozens of times while re-enacting a battle and have slept in its nearby woods like the soldiers of 150 years ago did, and it still hits me just as powerfully every time.
Every American citizen needs to go to Gettysburg. Read more about how to plan your visit at the Gettysburg Foundation’s website.
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1 to 3, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pa between the Union and Confederate soldiers. It is known as the turning point of the American Civil War.
There is nothing like the silence of the battlefield, or hearing the slaps of bullets erupting from a gun while you stand on its territory. I have found few other things that make you as appreciative to our veterans, and grateful for what I have.
Did you know? More than 30,000 dead and wounded soldiers were left at the end of the third day.
When you stop and think about it, it’s amazing how most of our nation’s treasures or symbols lie in the Northeast. So much of our history took place there, and it’s incredible to consider all that happened on the grounds we often walk on.
That alone makes me so proud to be a Yankee.
No matter where you’re from, you should go and visit these incredible landmarks. I hope this map has given you some background on some of the greatest “wonders” in the Northeast and has shown you a glimpse of how great it is.