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AMERICAN LANDSCAPES: A FOURTH OF JULY TRIBUTE On the Fourth of July, Americans celebrate both the founding of our nation and the beauty and variety of our land and its bounty. From the cities, rivers, and fields by the Atlantic Ocean to the states bordered by the Pacific -- and on to Alaska and Hawaii -- there are scenic wonders to swell every American’s heart with pride. The celebration begins with that beloved incarnation of the American spirit: the Statue of Liberty in New York. Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor (© Photospin).


The glamour of it all! New York! -- Charlie Chaplin, actor Filming fireworks over the Statue of Liberty (© AP Images/Ron Frehm). New York, New York


Left, skaters at Rockefeller Center, New York City (© AP Photo/Ed Bailey). Right, the Empire State Building, in foreground, and the Chrysler Building dominate the midtown Manhattan skyline (© Ambient Images Inc. / Alamy). New York, New York


Harrison, Maine Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.  --   Elizabeth Lawrence, writer and gardener Fall foliage in Harrison, Maine (© AP Images/Portland Press Herald, Herb Swanson).


Waynesboro, Pennsylvania Fall foliage in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania (© AP Images/Hagerstown Herald-Mail, Ric Dugan).


Elmore, Vermont If ever the spirit of liberty should vanish from the rest of the Union, it could be restored by the generous share held by the people in this brave little State of Vermont. -- Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President, 1923-29 Left, winter in Calais, Vermont. Right, Town Hall meeting, Elmore, Vermont (Both, © AP Images/Toby Talbot).


Washington, D.C. The freedom and happiness of man ... [are] the sole objects of all legitimate government. -- Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President, 1801-1809 Left, baseball Opening Day ceremonies, Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tim Brown). Right, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and cherry blossoms, Washington, D.C. (© Bruce Dorrier/Superstock).


Charleston, South Carolina "I'm going back to dignity and grace. I'm going back to Charleston, where I belong." -- Rhett Butler, character in “Gone With the Wind” From left to right: Colonial-era houses in Charleston (© Damir Frkovic/Masterfile); houses on East Battery, part of Charleston’s Historic District (© Jon Arnold Images/Superstock); traditional handicrafts in South Carolina (National Geographic/Superstock).


Florida Everglades There are no other Everglades in the world. They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas, environmentalist A great egret in the Florida Everglades (© Peter Johannes/Ravenwood Studios).


Florida Everglades Left, former tribal chairman Buffalo Tiger drives his airboat through the Florida Everglades near the Miccosukee Indian Reservation. Right, an alligator swims through an Everglades wildlife refuge (Both © AP Images/J. Pat Carter).


Chicago, Illinois Butcher, tool maker, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and freight handler to the nation. -- Carl Sandburg, poet Chicago, Illinois, at dusk (© Robert Frerck and Odyssey Productions, Inc.).


Chicago, Illinois Chicago is proud of its many ethnic heritages. From left, dancers at a Polish Heritage Festival; Chinese-Americans celebrate the Autumn Moon Festival (both, © 2007 Russell Gordon and Odyssey Productions, Inc.); butchers display German delicacies; everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day (both, © Robert Frerck and Odyssey Productions, Inc.).


Itasca State Park, Minnesota When I find a well-drawn character in fiction or biography I generally take a warm personal interest in him, for the reason that I have known him before -- met him on the river. -- Mark Twain, writer and wit Northern Minnesota’s Itasca State Park, where the Mississippi River begins its 4,107-kilometer journey to the Gulf of Mexico (Greg Ryan/Sally Beyer).


St. Louis, Missouri Left, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri (© SuperStock); right, Hernando de Soto Bridge over the Mississippi River connects cities in Tennessee and Arkansas (ThinkStock/SuperStock).


New Orleans, Louisiana A tanker ship on the Mississippi River glides past New Orleans, Louisiana (© AP Images/David J. Phillip).


Whitman County, Washington The farmers … are the founders of human civilization. -- Daniel Webster, statesman and orator Farm and buildings in Whitman County, Washington (Terry Donnelly).


Minnesota Indiana Clockwise from upper left, soybeans in Indiana, wheat fields in Minnesota, corn plants in Minnesota (all © age fotostock/SuperStock).


Texas Wyoming Beauty in nature nourishes us and brings joy to the human spirit. -- Lady Bird Johnson, First Lady, 1963-69 The state flower of Texas, the bluebonnet, blooms under an oak with another wildflower, the paintbrush (© Adam Jones/Danita Delimont); right, elk graze in Yellowstone National Park (© AP Images/ Kevork Djansezian).


Arizona Sunset over the Grand Canyon (Photo by Tim Brown).


Navajo Nation Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Navajo Nation, which straddles parts of Arizona and Utah. (Photo by Tim Brown).


New Mexico, Arizona, Utah Top left, adobe house in New Mexico (Stockxpert); above left, rodeo competition in Arizona (© David H. Wells and Odyssey Productions, Inc.); center, Apache father and son in Arizona (© Jose Galvez/Photo Edit); right, barn in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (Stockxpert).


San Francisco, California California dreamin’ … -- Mamas and the Papas, ‘60s vocal group The Golden Gate Bridge frames the San Francisco, California, skyline (Comstock).


San Francisco, California Clockwise from above, holiday banners in San Francisco’s Chinatown (© AP Images/Eric Risberg); beach near San Diego (© AP Images/Lenny Ignelzi); grapevines in Napa Valley (© 2007 Michael Melford).


Oahu, Hawaii Beauty is not caused. It is. -- Emily Dickinson, poet Surfing off Oahu, Hawaii (Mark Johnson/Mira.com).


Portage Lake, Alaska Northern Lights over Portage Lake and Chugach Mountains, Alaska (Alaska Stock Images).


Portage Lake, Alaska Beauty is not caused. It is. -- Emily Dickinson, poet Northern Lights over Portage Lake and Chugach Mountains, Alaska. (Alaska Stock Images)


Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State (http://usinfo.state.gov) Executive Editor: George Clack; Managing Editor: Mildred Solá Neely; Art Director/Design: Tim Brown; Reference Specialist: Anita N. Green AMERICAN LANDSCAPES: A FOURTH OF JULY TRIBUTE