This stunning visual reference contains more than 150 of the most significant landmarks of the United States of America. These have been carefully selected from The National Landmark Register which lists sites deemed to have national historic significance or symbolic importance. The collection includes places of interest such as buildings, structures and historic districts - they might be architecturally impressive, or have associations with significant people, events, or icons of American culture, or be classic representations of a particular way of life. Many are internationally recognized, while others may only be known locally. All have unique and distinctive features that add to America's outstanding rich and colourful cultural heritage. The book reveals a wide and varied range of sites such as places of military history and conflict, recreation grounds and public spaces, buildings of notable construction and engineering technology, and also historic districts with strong religious, trade or cultural associations. The homes of famous people as well as the urban poor are included, and also significant structures, monuments and features that represent the fledgling country's westward expansion. Each landmark is described in fascinating detail and is set within a geographical chapter with an introduction that provides a flavour of the character of the area and its inhabitants. An insightful overview of every landmark details the historical reason for its existence, the methods of construction and development, and the important architectural considerations, as well as associations with culturally important events or well-known people. Illustrated with 500 stunning photographs, this book is the perfect reference for students of different aspects of American social history and architecture, as well as those keen to travel and see what each state has to offer.