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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A 9-foot bronze Statue of Liberty cast from the original plaster model is coming to America. It's in honor of the long friendship between France and America, and will be a highlight of New York City's Independence Day celebration.

By Sarah Gleim

Perhaps best known as the last home of Elisa Lam before her mysterious death, the Cecil Hotel has a sordid past full of murders and mayhem. Care to step inside?

By Nathan Chandler

What's nauseating and inedible to one man is ambrosia to another. The cultural differences people have around food are the reason for Sweden's Disgusting Food Museum.

By Stephanie Vermillion

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Serious chocoholics can't get enough of their favorite treat and are always looking for ways to get more of it. These chocolate-themed attractions should help satisfy their sweet teeth.

By Caroline Eubanks

You probably know that the equator is the imaginary line that divides Earth into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. But do you know on which side of 0 degrees latitude these famous landmarks fall?

By Alia Hoyt

You might be stuck at home under quarantine, but that doesn't mean you can't get your cultural fix, virtually, anyway. Here are nine amazing choices.

By Carrie Dennis

The lynching memorial and its sister project, the Legacy Museum, in Montgomery, Alabama, cause Americans to reflect on a past they'd rather forget or know little about. We pay a visit.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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The twisting trail wasn’t the most direct route, but its heart-pounding ascents past other ceremonial sites built suspense for the final reveal.

By Dave Roos

From the beginning, this project was mired in political infighting, lack of funds and construction delays. Sounds familiar? Find out more intriguing facts about the Washington Monument.

By Dave Roos

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

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Sarah Gleim

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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.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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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?

By Dave Roos

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.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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?

By Ed Grabianowski

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

By Patrick J. Kiger

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

By Dave Roos

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

By Alia Hoyt

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."

By Jesslyn Shields

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Melanie Radzicki McManus