GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted August
    2nd, 2016


    7 Monumental Places to


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    In 1906, the
    U.S. Congress passed the Antiquities Act which gave the President of the
    United States the power to protect “historic landmarks, historic and
    prehistoric structures and other objects of historic or scientific interest”
    by designating them as national monuments. Since that time, 122 of these
    national treasures have been named national monuments. Here is a sampling of


    Giant Sequoia National Monument |
    Porterville, California sequoia

    Known as “nature’s skyscrapers,” Giant Sequoias can measure over
    250 feet tall, span 30 feet in diameter and live to be more than 3,000 years
    old. Giant Sequoia National Monument is home to 33 groves
    of these magnificent trees and is divided into two sections that are
    separated by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The monument also
    includes mountain meadows, limestone caverns, granite domes and spires,
    plunging gorges, archaeological sites and a diverse array of plants and

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    Montezuma Castle National Monument |
    Camp Verde, Arizona Montezuma

    You’ve probably never seen a high-rise apartment that looked quite
    like this. The 20-room Montezuma
    , which overlooks Beaver Creek, is one of the best-preserved
    cliff dwellings in North America. It is estimated that it was built by the
    Sinagua Indian people between the years 1100 and 1425 AD. A museum located
    onsite includes exhibits and artifacts depicting the lifestyle, history and
    culture of the ancient people who built Montezuma Castle and lived in this
    riparian oasis for over 400 years.

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    Bandelier National Monument | Los
    Alamos, New Mexico Bandelier

    This national monument was designated to protect over 33,000 acres
    of ruggedly beautiful canyon lands and mesas. It also includes petroglyphs
    and dwellings created by Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi) people whose history in
    the area dates back over 10,000 years. Bandelier National
    hosts annual events such as the Opera On The Rocks concert
    which will take place on September 24th this year, and
    the Fall Fiesta on October 8th which will feature arts
    and crafts, raptor demonstrations and Pueblo dancers.

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    Canyons of the Ancients National
    | Dolores, Colorado

    Located in southwestern Colorado, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
    contains more than 6,000 archaeological sites representing Ancestral Puebloan
    (Anasazi) and other Native American cultures. Most of the Monument is open
    for exploration on foot, and park management recommends that visitors stop
    first at the Anasazi Heritage Center to learn more about the Monument and the
    Anasazi and other Native cultures of the Four Corners region and to view the
    Center’s special exhibits.

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    Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
    | St. Augustine, Floridacastillo

    The Castillo de San Marcos, built in the
    17th century, is the oldest masonry fortress in the
    U.S. It is a prime example of what is known as the “bastion system” of
    fortification, a star-shaped design that originated in Italy in the
    15th century. It is one of only two fortifications in
    the world built out of a form of limestone known as
    coquina that is made of ancient shells. Although this
    type of limestone is soft and porous, the walls of the fortress are so thick
    that cannon balls fired at them would simply get embedded rather than making
    their way through.

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    Fort McHenry National Monument |
    Baltimore, Maryland

    This is the very fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our
    national anthem, the immortal “Star-Spangled Banner.” The
    includes a Visitor Center with an educational video and
    exhibits, and, weather permitting, visitors can participate in one of the
    flag change programs that are presented twice a day when a ranger
    raises/lowers a reproduction of the Star-Spangled Banner

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    George Washington Birthplace National
    | Colonial Beach, Virginia

    While many people naturally think of Mount Vernon as being George
    Washington’s home, this location in the heart of the Northern Neck of
    Virginia is where he was born and lived until he was three-and-a-half years
    old. The original home burned down in 1779, but a
    memorial house
    was built on the site in 1930 and the Monument
    offers a glimpse into what plantation life was like in the 18th
    century. Tours of the home and grounds are offered, and the colonial garden
    next to the home contains plants, herbs and flowers that would have been used
    in Washington’s time.

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