For many Americans, summer is a time to squeeze in as much outdoor fun as possible. You can take a trip to the beach, watch a ball game, hike at a park, or visit one of the iconic U.S. destinations in this month’s Culture Guide. August is a great time to get out and explore.
Historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Take a trip to Gettysburg National Military Park, and get a close look at a noted chapter in American history. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 is considered a turning point of the Civil War, the war that defined the nation. Here, the Union Army defeated the Confederacy, and more than 30,000 soldiers were killed or wounded. The battlefields have been preserved as a 59,000 acre park. Its rolling hills are crisscrossed by hiking trials and 40 miles of roads that make it easy to explore this special site and its 14,000 monuments.
The Statue of Liberty: America’s leading lady
The world-famous Statue of Liberty has stood on Liberty Island in New York Harbor since 1886. A symbol of American freedom, the 150-foot copper statue of Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom, was a gift from France. It has welcomed countless immigrants who traveled to the United States by boat. “Lady Liberty” wears a crown, and holds a torch and a tablet inscribed in Roman numerals with the date of America’s independence: July 4, 1776. The statue also is known for its green color. Made of copper, it originally looked like this. You can see this impressive national monument for yourself with a boat tour from Manhattan.
Volunteer – Support a good cause
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and meet new people. In honor of Women's Equality Day, this month the YWCA is being highlighted – an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
The Grand Canyon – truly awesome
Located in the northwest corner of Arizona near Utah and Nevada, the Grand Canyon is a natural wonder. Nearly 300 miles long, 18 miles wide, and more than a mile deep, this massive landmark and its stunning views draw 5 million visitors each year. The red canyons were gradually formed over many years, as the Colorado River wore down the rock. If you want to plan a visit, download this guide from the National Park Service. Can’t you make it? Take this virtual tour of the Grand Canyon!