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.


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?

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

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

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

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."

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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!

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?

Hotels are usually just a place to toss your bags, rest your head and clean up before going out and really enjoying your vacation. But what if the hotel itself is the destination?

For some people, the trip is the food. It's called gastro-tourism, and we have a list of destinations you should visit to eat the best food in the world.

Lighthouses have become tourist attractions in coastal areas all over the world. However, many of these time-worn landmarks are inactive and could be lost forever. Here are 10 of the world's most endangered lighthouses.

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