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Hoover Dam, The Alamo, Niagara Falls, Grand Canyon, Statue of Liberty and... ‘the Craighead Caverns’ top the 100 Greatest Places To Stand in the USA?

Oklahoman Modified: June 11, 2009 at 10:57 am •  Published: June 10, 2009
JUNE 10. LONDON. Following the first full month of voting to decide The Greatest Place To Stand in the United States, the early indications suggest that there may be some surprises in what the World thinks are the USA’s greatest locations.

The Top Ten is emblazoned with US ‘stars’ such as the Hoover Dam, Empire State Building, Niagara Falls, Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, etc, but some of the lesser known locations are making a good showing - most notably The Lost Sea at Craighead Caverns in Tennessee, which briefly took the top spot.

At the other end of the list it appears that Plymouth Rock and the controversial nomination of The Las Vegas Strip are being ignored by voters.

Voting runs thru until the start of December when the winners will be announced.

Voters are also being persuaded to add a photo of themselves to the lists if they have actually been to any of the locations.

The full list is viewable at Further information is available from James Black ( / Ciaran Bradley (

The full list of The 100 Greatest Places to Stand in the USA as of 1am on Wednesday June 10, 2009:

1 Hoover Dam, Arizona/Nevada USA
2 The Lost Sea, Craighead Caverns, Tennessee
3 Niagara Falls, Canada/USA
4 Statue of Liberty, New York.
5 Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii.
6 Empire State Building, New York, USA
7 The Grand Canyon, USA
8 The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas.
9 The Bean, Chicago
10 General Sherman Giant Sequoia, Sequoia National Park, California.
11 Times Square, New York, USA
12 Space Needle, Seattle
13 Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico
14 Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado
15 Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Philadelphia.
16 Kingda Ka Roller Coaster, Six Flags, Jackson Township, New Jersey
17 The Chicago Theater, Chicago, Illinois
18 Sears Tower, Chicago
19 National Memorial Arch, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
20 Monument Valley, Arizona
21 Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs, California.
22 Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, USA
23 Fallingwater, Pennsylvania
24 Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California
25 USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
26 Harley-Davidson Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
27 Mount Washington, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
28 Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
29 Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky.
30 Museum of Modern Art, New York
31 Totem Heritage Center, Ketchikan, Alaska.
32 Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California
33 Texas School Book Depository, Dallas
34 Bodie Ghost Town, California
35 Four Corners Monument, USA
36 National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC
37 Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas.

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