Famous Landmarks

The world's famous landmarks inspire wonder and have been celebrated for centuries. Learn more about famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal.

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Machu Picchu's Twisted Trails Were Spiritual Guides for the Incas

The trail wasn’t the most direct route, but its heart-pounding ascents past other ceremonial sites built suspense for the final reveal — stepping out of the cloud forest to face the fabled mountaintop city.

Dark Tourism: 6 Spots That Draw the Morbidly Curious

These destinations are definitely for folks drawn to the dark side of life.

20 Facts About the Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty has symbolized freedom across the world for more than a century. But there's a lot more to Lady Liberty's story.

The Illustrious History of the Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty has stood in New York Harbor for more than a century, symbolizing freedom to the millions of refugees who have emigrated to the shores of the United States.

All the Presidents Busts Are Decaying in a Virginia Field

It could be your last chance to check out the colossal statues of the first 43 presidents' heads — yes, heads.

5 Funniest National Comedy Center Highlights

The $50 million facility was designated as the country's official cultural institution for comedy by the U.S. Congress. So what's inside?

It's Muggle Madness at London's Platform 9 ¾

It may not get you to Hogwarts, but it's still fun to take your picture there.

The Taj Mahal Is Turning Green: The Struggle to Preserve Priceless Monuments

India's Supreme Court ordered the government to either tear down the Taj Mahal or spend the money to restore it properly. Why is repairing famous landmarks such an uphill battle?

5 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites That Exemplify the List

The World Heritage Committee added 19 new sites: 13 cultural, three natural and three mixed sites to its list, bringing the total number to more than 1,000 in 167 countries.

How the Parthenon Came to Live in Nashville

You don't have to travel to Greece to see the Parthenon; there's a full-scale replica in Nashville, Tennessee.

How Pompeii Worked

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii in 79 C.E. was a horrible disaster. So why are people so enthralled with the ashy remains of the ancient city?

Why the Taj Mahal Is Inspiring Protests and Controversy in India

The rise of Hindu nationalist political parties and the iconic tomb's Islamic identity underscore religious friction in the world's largest democracy.

'Witness Trees' Testify to History, Embody Hope for Visitors

Trees that survived horrific or important events provide strong emotional connections for visitors to the historic sites.

Ridiculous History: Famous Museum Diorama Includes Human Remains

When Carnegie Museum of Natural History conservators examined the diorama "Lion Attacking a Dromedary," they found a human skull in the male figure.

What Do U.S. Citizens Have to Do to Travel to Cuba Right Now?

The tropical island next door that was off limits to Americans for more than half a century is now open for business … as long as you're not a "tourist."

What's With the Odd European Replica Towns All Across the United States?

Why have small towns like Helen, Georgia, and Solvang, California, gotten all dressed up in immigrant garb?

5 Don't-Miss Items in the Smithsonian African American History Museum

The newest Smithsonian museum has artifacts from luminaries ranging from Harriet Tubman to Michael Jackson.

Yes, We Live in a World Where 'Poop Cafes' Are a Thing

Toilet-themed restaurants in Toronto and Moscow are two recent examples of this weird craze spreading beyond Asia.

Mind-blowing Design Contest for Future National Memorials

According to Congress, there are too many memorials in the District of Columbia. Finalists in a new contest rethink our monuments for the digital age.

10 Lost Islands

Lost islands are the stuff of adventure movies and ancient tales, but some actually did exist. Others were only alive in imagination or because someone mistook them for another place. Do you know any of these islands?

10 Strange Buildings Where You Can Spend the Night

From murder sites to a building shaped like one of your body's major organs, these rooms for rent deliver way more than free WiFi. You'll never believe all the weird and wonderful places you can bed down.

How Airbnb Works

Airbnb sounds like a win-win: Guests get a unique vacation experience often at less than a hotel would charge, while hosts make extra cash off spare bedrooms or second homes. But hotels, cities and tenants' groups don't feel as buoyant about Airbnb.

10 Weirdest Museums You Really Should Visit

Sure, you can easily find a museum full of dinosaur bones or ancient art. But what if you're really into gelato or weird medical devices? Or toilet seat art?

Nazca Lines Pictures

Southeast of Lima, Peru, between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, are lines etched into the desert. See the Nazca lines in this gallery.


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