by Christina Parrella, 10/16/2012
General Grant National Memorial (Grant's Tomb). Courtesy, National Parks Service
Riverside Park, Riverside Drive and West 122nd Street, 212-666-1640, Harlem, Manhattan
The nation's 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, and his wife, Julia, are both consecrated in the General Grant National Memorial, better known as Grant's Tomb. It's set in a pretty, contemplative location—inside Riverside Park, overlooking the Hudson River. The marble and granite tomb is a majestic Riverside Park attraction, presumed to be modeled after King Mausolus' burial edifice at the ancient city of Halicarnassus. Visitors to the memorial can admire the mosaic murals depicting scenes from Grant's life (including one of Grant and General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox, as well as scenes from the battles of Vicksburg and Chattanooga). The busts of five Civil War Union officers watch over the two tombs, and, outside, colorful mosaic-tiled benches wind and twist around the boundaries of the memorial.