I am not the most patriotic person around. I don’t know where all my ancestors hail from. I know there’s some Cherokee [the original Americans], Irish, English, Scottish, and possibly German… What I do know is that my ancestors come from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee from as far back as the early 1800’s/ late 1700’s. In spite of all that or maybe because of it, I do love history and am often called a history nerd… History classes such Western Civ, US History, and even Spanish/New World Latin American history were always my favorite classes in school; I even wrote my senior thesis on Mayan Art and Architecture. I love stumbling up hidden historical markers and visiting well known historical sites whenever I am out and about.
The USA is massive and each different geographic area boasts of a different history. For example, the southeast is completely different than the Pacific Northwest. Almost as if they were different countries. Yes, we’re all Americans and speak the same language, but culturally, politically, and historically, this two areas are as different as night and day. On this 241st birthday of the United States, let’s s explore some of the things that make the USA different from its neighbors and former ‘masters’. This is more of a Happy Birthday USA post than anything else, and with that I’ll leave you some of my favorite photos of historical sites.
First up: America’s friendliest city and representing my home state, Charleston, SC
Historical homes on the battery at night.
Boneyard beach… on one of Charleston’s barrier islands
Charleston-Mount Pleasant bridge
And the famous live oak trees that populated the coastal south nearly everywhere
Next up: Washington DC, the capital city of the USA and sort of the cultural divide between north and south
Washington DC, as the US capital, is one of the most historic spots in America has something photogenic at every turn.
And of course [although not my favorite] New York City
Lady Liberty and her island
The craziness of Times Square
And the Empire State Building viewing sites
Moving on to the West Coast…
Hello San Francisco…
Hello, Las Vegas…
The wonderment that is the Grand Canyon [Read my posts about hiking the Grand Canyon]
Mount Rainier–outside of Seattle in Washington.
and awesome hiking trails on both sides of the country