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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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.

Seven Wonders of the World Pictures

Scholars disagree about the first person to compile the list of the seven wonders, but most can agree that all of the items on this list are pretty incredible. Check out these amazing marvels, from the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

10 Best Vacations You'll Never Get to Take

There are exotic travel locales all over the world, but there’s no guarantee they’ll stick around. It’s too late to hit these 10 destinations. They've imploded, sunk and otherwise crumbled into oblivion, so why don't you read about them instead?

How the National September 11 Memorial and Museum Works

Sixteen acres of land surrounding the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center are being rebuilt. Eight are devoted to honoring the victims.

How much did the National September 11 Memorial and Museum cost?

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 changed the face of New York City and the U.S. as a whole. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum was designed to commemorate the lives lost that day, but its creation didn't come without speed bumps of its own.

Top 5 Coolest Places to See Fireworks

Watching fireworks hit the night sky is always a delightful experience. When and where can you see the best pyrotechnics in the world?

World's 10 Craziest Hotels

You could stay in a standard suite or cozy bed and breakfast, but you'd be passing up the chance to live like a hamster or hobbit for the night. We'll take you on a tour of 10 wild and wonderful hotels around the world!

Ride the Rails: Top 10 Train Trips for Families

Forget cramming your family into the minivan for a scenic tour of the interstate system. Train rides can offer stunning views, comfy beds and fine dining, plus, in some cases, on-board activities for the kids. What are 10 of the best?


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