Monuments and Landmarks in North America
Orange Julep is an institution and a landmark in Montréal, and provides a 3-in-1 experience to the visitor. First, the giant orange-shaped building is a sight in itself and can be spotted from quite a distance. Second, the food served at this 24/7 greasy spoon is rather unremarkable, but out of the ordinary is the drink that accompanies the food. The eponymous Orange Julep, is a kind of sugary and foamy orange juice (rumour has it that eggs give the mixture its peculiar taste and texture). Third, in this former drive-in restaurant, the food used to be served at the cars, by carhops (yes, the rollerskating waitresses in old American movies). Sadly, nowadays, customers have to walk to the counter to order their food. But on Wednesday nights during the summer months, the place jumps back in time, and classic car owners line up in the parking lot to exhibit their Cadillacs, Chevrolet Belairs and other old cars while a DJ plays 1950s music. This is probably the most Americana you'll get in Québec.
It doesn't get more New York iconic than this. The 93 m (305 ft.) tall (from ground to torch) copper lady was a gift from the French people to the Americans as symbol of freedom and democracy. She was made in France, shipped to the USA, and assembled from 350 pieces in 1886. She was created by the commissioned French sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and it is believed that his mistress and later wife was the model for the torso, and his mother for the face. Even the famous engineer Gustave Eiffel (yes, the dude who designed Eiffel tower and Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi) was involved in the project. It is possible to get up in the crown by climbing the stairs inside her, but you need to make reservation way ahead.