8 Iconic US Landmarks and Their Native American Roots

1. Devil s Tower National Monument, Wyoming

This prominent landmark was America s first national monument. Rising hundreds of meters from the river and prairie below, it s an unmistakable geological feature that s become a popular climbing spot.

2. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

This stunning Arizona slot canyon is one of America's most picturesque with its wave-like rock formations and vibrant hues. The Navajo and Diné people name it Tsé Bíghanílíní, meaning Water runs through rock.

3. Denali, Alaska

This is America's highest mountain. The ex-President who named Mount McKinley never visited Alaska and had no link to the mountain. Officials renamed it after the native Athabascan term in 2015.

4. Yellowstone National Park

America s first national park is world-renowned for its natural beauty, geothermal landscapes, and diverse fauna and flora. It has a tragic history, though. The Smithsonian declares native cultures hunted and collected here for millennia.

5. Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah

Rainbow Bridge is one of the world's biggest natural bridges at 88 meters height and 83 meters wide. White explorers knew about it because it became a national monument in the early 20th century.

6. Mount Katahdin, Maine

Katahdin is the highest mountain in Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Its name derives from the Penobscot Tribe and means Great/Greatest Mountain.

7. Alcatraz, California

Most people associate Alcatraz Island with the prison that operated there until 1963. But this spot may have been utilized to isolate particular groups from the rest of society long before then.

8. The Everglades, Florida

These famous wet fields in Florida are home to a huge variety of plants and animals. In this area, you can find alligators, crocodiles, turtles, and a huge variety of fish and birds.