The Washington Monument

Which of the following landmarks isn't part of a burial ground?

And the answer: The Washington Monument.

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Despite its name, the Washington Monument isn't where U.S. President George Washington was buried. Instead, Washington and his wife were buried on the grounds of their home, known as Mount Vernon.

Simply put, a landmark is a commemorative, historic site, often built to honor important figures who have passed on. These sites help preserve essential parts of our national histories, and can be anything from a tall obelisk (see: Washington Monument) to an opera house (ever been to Sydney?).

Some landmarks are so widely reproduced in popular culture that it doesn't take a vacation to see them – the Eiffel Tower can be found as close by as your nearest home decor store. Perhaps more significantly, these landmarks can sometimes become synonymous with their location. It's hard to picture New York City without the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building glittering above, isn't it?

While many famous landmarks can be found in the United States, there is a wealth of breathtaking sites across the world, many of which dating back millennia. These historical sites, poignant memorials and breathtaking examples of architectural innovation offer a wide variety of options to inspire those looking for culturally enriching experiences. Highlights include: Big Ben in London, England; Taj Mahal, in Agra, India; St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia; The Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, California; Leaning Tower of Pisa in Pisa, Italy; and the list goes on. Check out this site for a more complete list of the world's most famous landmarks.

Did you know?

The White House in Washington, D.C. is actually its own national landmark. President Washington chose the spot and approved the design for the White House, but never lived there! John Adams and his wife Abigail were the first presidential couple to inhabit the place, starting in November 1800.



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