Posted on Aug 29, 2018
There are many exciting things to see in North America. Some of the most amazing architectural wonders on earth can be found on this continent. If you are looking to take a trip to see something truly fantastic, consider checking out some of these magnificent structures. Below are five architectural must-sees you should consider visiting.
The original World Trade Center was destroyed by despicable attacks by radical Islamic terrorists in 2001. While it took over a decade to finish its replacement, the One World Trade Center was ushered in as the tallest building in North America in 2014. The building is an absolute marvel of modern architecture and engineering and certainly a worthy successor to the original World Trade Center. (See our New York Red Eye Trips, New York Extended Red Eyes, or New York Christmas Tour.)
Perhaps the most beautiful church in the United States is the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital. Its gothic style architecture reminiscent of Notre-Dame is amazing. Its towering stained glass windows must also be seen in person. (We go to Washington DC mulitple times a year, all our 2018 tours are past, check back in 2019.)
Avis explains that one of the many things Chicago is known for is its interesting architecture, so it’s no surprise that this city offers ample sightseeing. Chicago is home to much of the work by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Technically, the second tallest building in North America in Chicago is now named the Willis Tower, but most people still refer to it by its former name, the Sears Tower. It was the tallest building in the world up until 1998. If you want to see one of the greatest views of a city landscape on earth, certainly plan a visit to ride the elevator to the observatory on the 103rd floor that has a glass balcony that extends four feet into the air.
This may be more of a tourist attraction. However, this sprawling “house” in Spring Green, Wisconsin is really a one of a kind structure and holds one of the largest art installations and collections of artifacts in the world. The collection housed inside includes things like a giant whale and the world’s largest indoor carousel. The Infinity Room that juts quite far over the open air from a rock crevice is also quite amazing to behold.
There’s certainly great art inside. However, perhaps the greatest piece of art at the Milwaukee Museum of Art is the building itself. This mind-bending piece of architecture even has giant mechanical wings that fold open every morning and then lower later at night. According to Science Advocates, the awe-inspiring Burke Brise Soleil kinetic sculpture looks as if poised to take flight over the western coast of Lake Michigan. However, thanks to some amazing engineering and science, the Brise Soleil sculpture and Windhover Hall stay firmly roosted atop the Milwaukee Art Museum Quadracci Pavilion, the 2001 expansion that added over 142,00 square feet of space.
The United States and North America has been at the forefront of innovation for the past 100 years. This certainly includes architecture. Check out the five architectural marvels listed above if you really want to be impressed.
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