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Cities with notable monuments

St. Louis' Gateway Arch is a major attraction in the city.

St. Louis' Gateway Arch is a major attraction in the city.

Whether you are a former soldier, or you just have a love for history, moving to an area with famous surroundings may be a good idea. Many cities have war memorials, and some of these are quite moving and impressive structures. If one of these cities sounds like a place where you could take one or more day trips to visit venerated memorials, then getting your moving boxes together may be a good idea.

Washington, D.C.
The city is not short of memorials and monuments, and if you decide to come to the nation's capital, you can see some of the most-visited places in the country.

The African American Civil War Memorial is located in the district, and honors the more than 200,000 African American soldiers who fought during the Civil War, according to the National Parks Service. There is also a memorial dedicated to World War II. This has a unique design that makes it quite a spectacular sight. The Korean War Veterans Memorial, another area inside the National Mall and Memorial Parks, recognizes soldiers who fought in the Korean Conflict.  Finally, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a long wall with the names of every soldier who fought and died during that conflict. These may be very moving experiences, which could also give you a different perspective of American military history.

St. Louis
When people think of St. Louis, the first thought in their minds is likely the city's towering Gateway Arch. What they may not know is that the Arch is a part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Together with the city's Old Courthouse and the Museum of Westward Expansion, it comprises the National Expansion Memorial, the NPS said. You can do many things at this venue, which includes taking a tram to the top of the arch. This can give you a breathtaking view of the city and its surrounding area. There are multiple areas to experience the Lewis and Clark exploration of the Western United States, as well as the early Dred Scott trials.

Formerly the nation's capital, Philadelphia is covered in history. The city has plenty of different monuments honoring early America, and these could be great places to visit for history buffs. One of these spots is the Franklin Institute. The facility honors founding father Benjamin Franklin, and includes a large statue of him. It was dedicated in 1938, according to the National Park Service, and its 20-foot height is a marvel to witness. Those who want to learn more about him can visit the many exhibits in the institute that honor his life.

If you plan on moving to, or visiting Hawaii, be sure to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Located near the Naval Station Pearl Harbor, it honors the sailors involved with the sinking of the USS Arizona battleship during the Japanese attack on the base, the National Park Service added. This monument was created in 1950, and the sunken ship is honored by a flagpole and plaque over the sinking area. The island of Oahu offers many things, but this may be one of the most interesting when it comes to major military history. If you are looking for a nearby city to reside in, Honolulu may be your best choice, as it is less than a 20-minute drive from the city.