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Seven Wonders of the United States

By May 21, 2008

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Good Morning America has announced their Seven Wonders of the United States, which include eight wonders. They seem interesting and perhaps political in nature. The wonders include include: 1) National Mall and Memorial Parks (Washington D.C.), 2) Arctic National Wildlife Preserve, 3) Grand Canyon, 4) Badlands of South Dakota, 5) Saturn V: The Moon Rocket, 6) The Golden Gate Bridge, 7) New York City, and 8 ) Yellowstone National Park. What do you think of this list?


May 26, 2008 at 12:03 am
(1) Pat says:

How can one omit Niagra Falls? It would make more sense to have a group of natural wonders and a separate group of manmade wonders.

May 26, 2008 at 12:04 am
(2) tom says:

no idea why saturn 5 is on the list; likewise, yoesmite (a heartstopper, for me) deserves a spot! – replace badlands, perhaps.

mall. anwp, GC, golden gate, y-stone – all big “fer shur!”. NYC? well, ok – it’s a wonder!

Could easily come up with a dozen 7 wonders, I suppose!

May 26, 2008 at 12:27 am
(3) Mary Baker, RN says:

Hi Matt. It’s the nurse again. I have a question. Who was the mental giant that made up the list? The Mall and the moon rocket have no place there. Where is Meteor Crater in Arizona and Yosemite? Why aren’t they included? Yosemite is breathtaking and soul soothing.

May 26, 2008 at 12:36 am
(4) Tracy says:

What about the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Southwest Deserts at night, the Alaskan frontier, etc. Who thought of NYC as a Wonder? I think of NYC as a congested mess I wish to never drive or be in again. Who thought of this list?

May 26, 2008 at 1:23 am
(5) profbreezy says:

NYC?????????? what a joke. There’s nothing wonderful about it. What about the National Parks of the United States? Almost all of them are unique in one way or another. And if he hadn’t slid down the mountain in May, 2003, I would have included the Old Man of the Mountain, Crawford Notch, New Hampshire.

May 26, 2008 at 5:53 am
(6) Hallai Garba says:

How I wish you have included some pictures and description of these eight wonders and why they were considered as the best.

May 26, 2008 at 8:27 am
(7) Joe Trocino says:

Well, limiting the “Wonders” to 7 is difficult indeed. 25 could be a plausible number instead! As to NYC – of course it is one of the Wonders. In fact, one could probably come up with a list of the 7 Wonders of NYC! To think of NYC as a congested mess means that you likely are biased and a Red Sox fan.
In any case, Leaving Niagara Falls, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Golden Gate off the list is a mistake. How about the 7-mile bridge in the Florida Keys on a man-made list?
The list can go on and on!
God bless America on this Memorial Day.

May 26, 2008 at 12:10 pm
(8) Doug says:

Where’s Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite, Glacier, the mighty Mississippi River?The original seven wonders of the world were strictly manmade, if I remember correctly. It makes much better sense to have natural wonders vs. manmade wonders. I don’t see any reason for having only one combined list.

May 26, 2008 at 12:23 pm
(9) lee durham stone says:

I agree with Pat that it makes more sense to separate the types of “wonders.” I propose adding to “natural” and “human-made” a separate category of “CULTURAL wonder.” In this case the National Mall would fit, as would, say, the entertainment district of New York.

May 26, 2008 at 1:46 pm
(10) Doug says:

To be sure, the wonders mentioned here by others but left off the GMA list should be wholly considered. However, there is another Wonder that is more massive than any of the ones listed or mentioned. It is the Farm Basket of the Midwest. Yes, I know that it is mundane when compared to the Badlands or the Grand Canyon; and does not stoke the passionate fires of our heritage like The Mall or the Saturn V. However, where does a great percentage of all that food come from for New Yorkers? Huge freighters leave our shores every day, bound for other parts of the world with grains grown in the midwest.

Say what you want about mountains, seashores, cities and machines.

For me, there is something powerful about seeing land awaken from a slumber every spring to provide a huge chunk of nourishment for the rest of the world, not to mention the spirit of those who cultivate its treasures year in-year out, generation after generation.

Destroy any of the mentioned Wonders and we will be the poorer. Destroy our Breadbasket and global survival will dominate our thoughts. Or doesn’t that count as a criterion for an American Wonder?

May 26, 2008 at 11:07 pm
(11) lee durham stone says:

Doug, Your #10 comment above about the U.S. (and much of the world’s) breadbasket is excellent. The mundane, but vital, lifted to a “wonder.”

May 27, 2008 at 10:25 am
(12) Pat Carrier says:

The only thing dumber than this list is Good Morning America!!

May 27, 2008 at 2:57 pm
(13) Marcia says:

Strange list, indeed! And rather disap-pointing! Man-made, political wonders need to be separate from natural God-made wonders. Niagra Falls, the Great Lakes, Sedona AZ, the Florida Keys, Yosemite, the Great Plains… I truly cannot agree with Saturn 5 nor the political sites.

May 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm
(14) Joe says:

Marcia, in a way the listing here of “Wonders” is not so strange: its an opportunity, really, to discuss the 2 great traditions of Geography- Physical Geography (God made) and Cultural Geography (man made…or is that “people made?) Joe

May 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm
(15) Robert Cerello says:

What stands out is the list is neither entirely man-made nor “natural;”–non-man-created. That has never been done in any list I ever heard of being drawn; clearly the qualities of each are entirely different. So here;s MY LIST, of the two sorts, accepting the ancient and honorable seven of each “sort of :wonder”–stated in no particular order.

1)New York City’s towers and bridges
2)National Mall and Memorial Parks (Washington
3) Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
4) Guggenheim Museum, New York
5) Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota
6) Museums and lakefront Park, Chicago
7) Las Vegas Strip hotels

1) Sierra Nevada, Mountains, California (et al)
2) Arctic National Wildlife Preserve, Alaska
3) Grand Canyon, Arizona
4) Yellowstone National Park, Montana
5) Mississsippi, Ohio, Missouri River System
6) Yosemite National Park, California
7) Great Plains, Kansas, Nebraska et al
Please disagree, agree

May 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm
(16) Amanda M. says:

I may be a ninth grader and have very little commen sense but for someone to go and name man-made structures as wonders of the world that’s crazy. There are more important natural structures in the United States for someone to name as one of the wonders such as Luray Caverns in Luray, VA and Natural Bridge in Natural Bridge, VA. Listen to a fifteen year old person is the best bet for anyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 14, 2011 at 11:51 pm
(17) Hilda C. says:

Good for you Amanda M. I agree and can’t believe there is no mention of Natural Bridge in Virginia.


June 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm
(18) Brent says:

Mammoth Cave in Kentucky? Carlsbad Caverns?

August 5, 2008 at 7:55 pm
(19) Teri Deake says:

What about Mt Shasta? A breath taking mountain so full of wonder! Surrounded by waterfalls and caves of ice (in the hot summer).

June 24, 2009 at 5:42 pm
(20) cali says:

I can’t believe that the “Giant Saquoia” The Giant Redwoods in Northern California wasn’t mentioned.

August 20, 2009 at 6:49 pm
(21) Emily says:

NYC???? compaired to the Great Lakes???

August 31, 2009 at 2:25 pm
(22) Kate says:

I don’t know who came up with these wonders but someone needs to get out a little more and view america. There is so many wonders that God has given us, that’s why I take vacations so I can veiw the beautiful wonders that God has created for us. The natural bridge, niagra falls, grand canyon, yellowstone park, redwood forest and that’s just a few. People whomever you are you need to get out of the city and take a look and see what the good lord has made for us by his hands not mans hands.

October 16, 2009 at 2:40 am
(23) Jeff says:

Okay A. The seven wonders are supposed to be man made. and B. how are these at all political? Whats the deal Matt? C. Saturn V?

October 16, 2009 at 2:48 am
(24) The Dude says:

Saturn V was a bad choice

May 1, 2010 at 10:18 am
(25) donnabaysinger says:

I would vote for Fantastic Caverns in Springfield Missouri.
It is the most awesome cave I have ever been in! Check it out!
I have drove from Indiana to Missouri to show this to my grandchildren.

July 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm
(26) Alma says:

How can you leave out Yosemite National Park, must be something wrong, with lots of people.

March 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(27) amt11 says:

i dont get why saturn would be in there it clearly not in the united statesi think niagra falls deserves a spot

June 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(28) Te'Nancy says:

What about Mt. Rushmore???? It took a lot of hard work to put those 4 brave men’s faces on there.

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