Travel Channel Hosts' Favorite Monuments
The upcoming July 4th holiday got us in a patriotic mood, so, we asked our hosts what monuments/national parks in the US they liked best and why. Here's what they had to say.
Independence Hall"Strange question! I never thought about this, but I am a huge fan of the founding fathers. In particular: Washington, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin. These were indeed the greatest Americans. So I guess I'd say Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It's where an amazing group of men met and against all odds created a great country, drafted the finest document since the Magna Carta, and wrote their own history." - Matt Long, Sand Masters, Sundays at 7PM 960 1280
Battlefield at Gettysburg"No hesitation...Battlefields at Gettysburg, PA...why? Cause it's the one place I can stand at any time of the day and get chills and emotions I can't begin to describe....that's powerful."
- Zak Bagans, Paranormal Challenge, Fridays at 9PM 960 1280
Washington Monument"I like the Washington Monument because I read a book about it that said it is all based on that one stone on the top- the cap stone."
- Bert Kreischer, Bert the Conqueror, Sundays 3:30PM 960 1280
Hoover Dam"My favorite US Monument is the Hoover Dam. It is a shining example of the can-do American attitude. The monstrous size of Hoover Dam, coupled with the herculean effort put forth by all the laborers and engineers involved in the construction, is awe inspiring. Not only is it an example of what can be achieved but it is a nod to the forward thinking of the time, 75 years later it is still a functioning source of renewable energy."
-Ben Muzzey, Truck Stop Missouri, Premieres in August 960 1280
Crazy Horse Memorial"The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota is by far the biggest, baddest, most impressive feet of monumental sculpture on the planet! My favorite by far. These are not monuments but the Zion, Bryce, Canyon Lands, Arches National Parks changed my life forever. Their beauty is unparalleled. Their size, configurations, and color serve as a constant reminder of the power of wind, water and time."
- Rusty Croft, Sand Masters, Sundays at 7PM 960 1280
Sequoia National Forest"The giant Sequoia trees in the Sequoia National Forest. Why my favorite? They are ancient and wise reminders of how old this earth is. With their size alone, they bring attention to how much de-forestation has occurred, and to how much we have to gain by protecting ancient lands. The trees inspire me. They help me feel both rooted to the ground and deeply appreciative of all this earth/world/life has to offer me, and all I have to offer it. They inspire humility, which I find is a very genuine experience."
- Morgan Rudluff, Sand Masters, Sundays at 7PM 960 1280
Statue of Liberty"The Statue of Liberty from my sailboat. I have dreamed of sailing around the world, and when I do, I will finish my journey sailing past the Statue of Liberty. I want to experience some of the emotions that my ancestors felt. She is one of the endearing monuments to freedom and after facing the perils of the open ocean I know that I will feel the strength of her embrace."
- Joe Bechtold, Truck Stop Missouri, Premieres in August 960 1280