Five US Monuments To See From Google Earth

There are some really good sites to see in America, but most of us probably won’t see these places in our entire lives. You can still witness them via Google Earth, downloadable for free at earth.google.com.  This series of blogs has been really popular and I will keep putting up blogs on this as long as people want to keep seeing them. Here are five more amazing places to see from a satellite-view.

St. Louis Arch
38° 37′ 29″ N, -90° 11′ 7″ W

Also known as the Gateway Arch or the Gateway to the West, the St. Louis Arch is the largest national monument, standing at 630 feet tall at its zenith.  It opened to the public in 1967, although it wasn’t made an official US Monument until 20 years later.  Visitors can ride almost to the top of the monument in a tramcar then exit onto an observation deck, which overlooks the Mississippi River.

Statue of Liberty
40°41.3′N, 74°02.7′W

This gift from France is located on Liberty Island in New York City is a 151 foot tall statue.  She has a steel framework and is sheathed completely in copper. It stands on top of an eleven-point, star shaped, stone pedestal.  Liberty Island can be reached only by ferry.  It is part of the Liberty Island national park, which includes Ellis Island.

The White House
38° 53′ 53” N, 77° 02′ 10” W

Located in Washington, DC, the White House is the official home of the President of the United States.  It is located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  The White House has been the home of every president since John Adams.  During the War of 1812, when Washington DC was sacked by the British, they burned the original White House to the ground.

The Golden Gate Bridge
37° 49′ 39″ N, 122° 28′ 54″ W

The Golden Gate is a suspension bridge located in San Francisco harbor, spanning the “Golden Gate” or opening of the harbor.  The bridge opened up for traffic in 1937 and is the internationally recognized symbol of California. It is 90 feet wide, 746 feet in height, and 4200 feet in span – making it the fifth longest bridge in the world.  A little known fact (at least one San Francisco doesn’t like to admit) is that the bridge is the number one place in the world to commit suicide.

The U.S.S. Arizona in Pearl Harbor
21° 21′ 53″ N, 157° 57′ 0″ W

America was attacked on December 7, 1941 in a date which will “live in infamy”.  The location was at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and you can see the sunken ship, the Arizona from Google Earth, just as it still lies in the harbor when 1177 men went down on that terrible morning attack by the Japanese.  Over a million people who come to Hawaii each year visit this memorial and pay their respects to the men who gave their lives.