Many have probably visited one or several American landmarks in Real Life so it is important for second Life creators to not only get these locations authentically replicating the Real Life one but to also incorporate entertainment to keep people coming back.
I have found 5 landmarks which not only keep you entertained while on the sim but also resemble the Real Life landmarks in the US.
Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River which can be located in the state of Arizona. Just like the Real Life Grand Canyon you can take a tour ride around the canyon which will enable you to see it in its complete surroundings. The tour also allows you to hop off the balloon ride and explore by yourself. For those who enjoy a bit of a challenge and fun there are dirt bikes and a quad which enables you to explore the rugged areas of the canyon which is fun.
It is part of several sims and the owner and designer has managed to capture the essence of the Real Life Grand Canyon as best as they can in Second Life.
The Statue of Liberty
The Statue of Liberty Located in New York Harbour and was a gift of international friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. In Second Life the statue was constructed for the Americana exhibition 2005. It looks the same as the one in Real Life and has been constructed so as it is the only thing you see when you arrive on the spot where it is located. Of course it is a smaller version than the real one. However, un like the Real Life one you are unable to enter the statue but you are able to fly around the statue like a superhero and get a closer look at its exterior.
The White House
The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington. In Second Life I could only find one location where the White House has been replicated. You are able to walk inside and look around where you will find I assume a copy of what it looks like in the Real Life White House. Inside has been carefully decorated with antique furnishings right down to the correct period each piece would have actually been placed in the White House. I would recommend walking around and looking in every room. It is an interesting tour.
The Lincoln memorial is a monument honouring the 16th President of the United States; Abraham Lincoln. Its real location is in Washington DC. In Second Life, the monument can be found on the same sim as the White House. Visit and and get a closer look at it.
Old New York
New York is the most populous city in the United States and the centre of the New York Metropolitan Area, one of the most populous urban cities in the US. I have chosen Old New York in Second Life due to its photographic properties. We all know what Real Life New York looks like. If not, visit this location for a sense of the energy.
If you are into photography, you will find the Old New York in Second Life is a perfect spot to use as a setting for your photo projects. Set on 2 sims, it has been created in a realistic style using old buildings with graffiti on the walls; the true urban look. I would recommend a walk around the sims as it may be a perfect place to take photos and explore one of America’s most popular locations.