Lesson for Kids: What is a Landmark? - Definition & Facts

Instructor: Courtney Hurst

Courtney has taught third grade and has a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

There are landmarks across the world that hold great importance. In this lesson, you will learn about what a landmark is and facts about some of the most well-known landmarks in the United States and other countries.

What Is a Landmark?

When you're on a road trip or walking through a town, you may notice sculptures or statues alongside the road, in a park, or next to you on the sidewalk. You may notice buildings or structures that look really old or unique. It can be fun to search for landmarks like these when you travel, even on your morning route to school.

A landmark is an object or a feature of a landscape or town that has importance or makes a place easily recognizable. Landmarks will often have a sign with information explaining their importance. When you travel, pay close attention to finding new landmarks everywhere you go. Now, let's learn more about some specific landmarks all over the world.

Landmarks Across the World

There are many famous landmarks that attract people from all over to enjoy their sights. Some famous landmarks in the United States include the Golden Gate Bridge in California, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and the Statue of Liberty in New York. Around the world, there are other famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower in France and the Great Wall of China.

Facts About Famous Landmarks

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

  • The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in the world. This landmark, made of steel, was constructed to allow travel from San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean and was first used in 1937. The color used on the bridge is called 'international orange,' and it's one of the of features that makes this bridge so recognizable.

  • South Dakota's Mount Rushmore has the faces of four U.S. presidents carved into the mountainside. The four presidents are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. You can see this unique landmark from the nearby roadside or observe it at a closer distance if you stop at the park where Mount Rushmore is located.

  • The Statue of Liberty is a major landmark in New York City that represents freedom. In 1885, France gave the statue to the United States to symbolize, or represent, their friendship. Interestingly, though the statue has a greenish color today, it is made of copper, which changes color over time. So when the statue was gifted, it would have been a bright brown color similar to that of a shiny penny.

Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

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