9 Important U.S. National Monuments You Should Visit

Everyone goes to Mount Rushmore, but there are plenty more monuments that should be on your bucket list

In the United States, there are currently 117 national monuments. Monuments are designated by the president and represent an diverse collection of mountains, buildings, architecture structures and other places. These are often designated due to a historical event, but can also commemorate past cultures or iconic American landmarks.

1. National September 11 Memorial and Musuem — New York City

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Ground Zero of the attack on 9/11 was designated a national monument to honor the lives lost in the attack. Now, the foundations of the two towers are water fountains and have the names of all the lives lost carved into metal surrounding them. The museum features exhibits telling what happened that day in 2001 and discusses policies and actions taken in response.

2. The Stonewall Inn — New York

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The Stonewall Inn was the site of the first biggest protest against anti-LGBT laws in New York in 1969. This event was a major milestone in the LGBT rights movement and helped provide momentum for the cause.

3. Independence National Historical Park — Philadelphia

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This is the site of the debate, drafting, and signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Nearby, the Liberty Bell is housed — an international symbol of liberty. Independence National Historical Park celebrates the founding of our country.

4. USS Arizona Memorial — Honolulu

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This monument commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States's subsequent entry into World War II. The USS Arizona Memorial preserves and interprets stories of the Pacific War, including internment of Japanese Americans to the battles in the Aleutians.

5. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace — Kentucky

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Abraham Lincoln has a monument in Washington, D.C. but his birthplace is also commemorated in Kentucky. Learn about Lincoln's upbringing in rural central Kentucky and how they shaped him into the man who led the nation through the Civil War. This was America's first memorial to Lincoln and enshrines his symbolic birthplace cabin.

6. National Mall — Washington, D.C.

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While the National Mall itself is not a monument, it hosts several on its land. This includes the famous Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and more.

7. Fort McHenry — Baltimore

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Fort McHenry is known for its role during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. The defense of the fort was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's poem “The Star-Spangled Banner" — which later became our national anthem.

8. The Gateway Arch — St. Louis

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The Gateway Arch reflects St. Louis's role in the westward expansion of the United States during the nineteenth century. The park is a memorial to Thomas Jefferson's role in opening the West, to the pioneers who settled the land, and to Dred Scott who sued for his freedom in the Old Courthouse.

9. Montezuma Castle — Camp Verde, Arizona

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Montezuma Castle is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. It is essentially a 20-room high-rise apartment nestled into a towering limestone cliff. It represents a story of ingenuity, survival, and prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

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Do Non-Melatonin Sleep Aids Really Work?

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I Can't Sleep.

I truly cannot remember the last time I had a good night's rest. Even before the stay-at-home orders, I was just a little ball of nerves.

But lately, it's been awful. I toss and turn, it's always too hot or even too cold, sometimes I make myself tea and read for a bit, but when I'm still up at 1 a.m., I reach for my phone and then I'm up until 3. My sister and I have a weekly call, and our small talk about our exhaustion turned into an hour long conversation about sleep.

I Thought I'd Tried Everything. Even Melatonin.

My sister asked why I hadn't gone for the old staple, melatonin and I reminded her about the time we traveled abroad, and it gave me the weirdest nightmares (the horrible kind where you wake up in your dream and you're still in a dream). Chamomile tea didn't work, nothing worked.

She said she had a friend who swore by something I definitely hadn't heard of.

They Were NOT Pills, Teas or Anything I'd Seen Before.

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What Exactly Was In It?

Cocoa contains caffeine, so I didn't know how this would help me sleep. After talking with my sister, I went online and saw that the calming, sleep-supporting ingredients cancel out any of the very little caffeine content.

Saffron, the spice, is apparently known to help with staying asleep, and their GABA is a fermented version of the neurotransmitter that's known to help you relax and fall asleep faster. In a study, 100% of customers saw improvement in their sleep quality thanks to saffron. One hundred percent!

Do I Try It?

A bag of 30 pieces was only $40, and they had a money-back guarantee.

They're keto-friendly and only 30 calories a piece, so not too decadent before bedtime.

They were chocolatey-minty, which is my favorite flavor, so I was sold. I ordered a bag to try.

The First Night, I Wasn't Impressed.

I took one piece (super yummy!) - 30-60 minutes before bedtime is recommended - but when I climbed in, I didn't notice a difference. I was worried I'd wasted my money.

However, once I fell asleep, I stayed asleep until my alarm went off, which hasn't always been the case for me.

I checked the site again, and noticed that many people didn't notice a real difference until the third or fourth night - it builds up in your system over time, so I decided to keep an open mind the rest of the week.

The Second Night Was Completely Different

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The Best Apps for Craft Beer Delivery

Try beers from all over the world–from your phone.

With breweries and distilleries out of business for the foreseeable future, your favorite beer may feel particularly out of reach this time of year, especially with the weather changing. But don't let quarantine suck all the fun out of summer. Luckily, thanks to technology, a lot of craft beer is now deliverable straight to your door step. Here are a few of the best apps to help make sure you stay up to date on the latest trendy brews.

Tavour

Tavour

Simplistic and elegant, Tavour allows users to easily fill up a box of beer over a period of time before shipping. The app offers more than 650 different breweries both local and national and is perfect for those who like to experiment. It's easy to use, and their menu rotates regularly so you and your beer never grow stale.

TapRM

TapRM

TapRM offers a wide range of both craft beers and hard seltzers. While based almost exclusively in New York City, the app offers fast, same day delivery from some of the best beer brands in the world. They also provide a unique selection of beers to help you find your new favorite. All you need to do is download the app and place your order!

Drizly

Offering a stark variety of craft beer, Drizly allows its users to mix and match 12-packs, sixers or by the bottle. Their guarantee is that they can have whatever you order delivered to your house in less than an hour. You can even schedule your delivery for a specific time, with each delivery taking around 20-40 minutes.

Saucey

Saucey takes delivery very seriously. When you order with them they guarantee that they'll deliver in 30-minutes or less, or they guarantee two day shipping. Also, beer aside, their entire liquor cabinet is also up for grabs. From tequila and whiksey, to vodka and wine, nothing is off the table for Saucey.

Beer Menus

BeerMenus

For those who enjoy strictly local beers, BeerMenus features a tap list from local bars and a broader stock list from your neighborhood beer store. With that, you can make sure to create a list of your favorite beers in your neighborhood, so that when they're in stock you can be ready to go.

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Do Function Of Beauty's Products Really Work?

I tried their natural shampoo & conditioner for a month

When my social life suddenly dried up one weekend, I spent it with myself, and that meant I finally had more time to play with my hair.

I usually just throw it up in a ponytail, but I was French braiding, blow-drying, and having so much fun with it. It also meant I got to really study my strands, and I noticed they seemed drier and less shiny than they used to.

My cousin is a hairstylist, so I asked for her honest rec's, and she told me a lot of her clients have switched to the customized Function of Beauty haircare line, especially since it gets delivered to your door.

The packaging looked beautiful, and they had everything I needed to repair my hair. I decided to sign up and document my process to see if their stuff actually made a difference. Here's how my first month went:

Week One

The Quiz: Function of Beauty starts with a quiz. They ask for information on your hair type and your top 5 hair goals, so they can customize. For example, I wanted to cut down on frizz, so my shampoo and conditioner contained tamarind extract + argan oil.

The Basics: For scent, I chose the limited edition "strike a (r)ose" fragrance in strong, and for color, I went with a pink shade for both, but you can mix and match if you like.

The Rest: I also got the custom hair serum for styling, the weekly hair mask, and the leave-in conditioner.

When everything arrived, the colors were prettier in person, and everything smelled amazing. They at least looked high quality! I was excited to see if they would really help my hair.

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Week Two

I figured I'd forget to use some of my products some days, but everything smelled so good, I was really looking forward to my self-care hair routine!

The S & C: So, because I chose the strong scent for my shampoo and conditioner, every time I shower, I get to smell the rosiness in my hair for hours! That's a really nice touch.

The Serum: I'm using the hair serum now before I blow-dry my hair, and it definitely makes a difference - I notice my hair gets more volume without looking so dry and looks much glossier.

The Mask: The weekly hair mask was super goopy in a good way - it'll definitely last a while, even with medium-long hair. I don't know if I noticed a difference afterward, though.

The Leave-In: The leave-in conditioner isn't greasy at all, which is fantastic, and sooo much better than the last one I used, that would also leave me looking a lil' greazy.

Week Three

I was doing the mask when video chatting my friend in a different state, and she thought I was dying my hair blue. Since my hair is looking healthier, it gave me the idea that maybe I could dye it lighter soon, and not turn it into a pile of straw.

Oh, my Function of Beauty package also came with stickers, so I spent a night putting them on all the bottles.

Week Four

Ok, my hair definitely looks healthier.

This guy I was talking to on a dating app asked to FaceTime me the other day, and I was super nervous - what if we had no chemistry? Or literally, anything to talk about?

I did a fun blowout just to calm my nerves, but we ended up having a weirdly huge amount of things in common, like breaking the same 2 bones - so weird!! We're making plans to meet up sometime in the future.

After four weeks of taking care of my hair with Function of Beauty products, I can't imagine using anything else - even if my hair changes (like, if I do dye it blonde), I can easily change my formula for special purple shampoo or change my hair goals, to keep it healthy.

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Since the packaging is so cute, I'm probably going to gift this to my best friend for her birthday! We can do hair masks together online, while she walks me through my upcoming date. 😂

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