St Louis’s iconic monument to Manifest Destiny rose from the banks of the Mississippi River in 1965. Built to commemorate the opening of the American West to pioneers following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the 630-foot tall arch is still the largest landmark in the USA and the tallest arch in the world. The Gateway Arch attracts more than four million visitors a year, about a quarter of whom ride to the observation deck at its apex, threading the needle through the arch’s hollow interior on a Ferris wheel-like tram.
In a nation as diverse as the United States, it should come as no surprise that the largest landmarks in the US are a motley assortment of sober memorials, architectural marvels and ridiculous novelties. Just as beloved as those that commemorate founding fathers and the battles they fought are those that elevate condiments and vegetables to soaring heights. From the country’s tallest monument (the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri) to its most merry( we're crowning the Jolly Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minnesota), these are the 19 largest landmarks in the USA. Make a trip to see the one nearest you, or connect them together for an epic road trip across this bizarre country.