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.


If you want to do more than shop, dine and take photos, these landmarks are for you. They'll get your blood pumping and test your determination.

For modern archaeologists, the ancient world continues to hold many secrets. Civilizations disappear -- thousands of years later, researchers are left to pick through the ivy-covered ruins of their cities.

They represent many things to many people but, at their core, lighthouses are simple structures with long and interesting histories. Here's their illuminating story.

While the United States has its share of notorious sites to visit, you'd have to take a trip around the world to hit the most infamous of the bunch. Where are they, and why are they so controversial?

As much as tourism can pay the bills for a community, it can also hurt it. What happens when popularity becomes the death of a destination?

These American landmark pictures range from the natural wonders of the United States to famous works of architecture. How many of these landmarks have you visited?

The Museum of Modern Art (aka MoMA) earned its status by helping people understand the visual art of their time. It was also the first museum to focus solely on modern art from the day it opened in 1929.

When it opened in the fall of 1959, the Guggenheim Museum was a lightning rod for controversy. But today, the Guggenheim Museum appeases the art establishment and amateur art aficionados alike.

What began as a small display in the Malibu home of oil industrialist J. Paul Getty has grown into one of the top art museums in the U.S. today. What can you expect to find if you visit the Getty?

The Musée du Louvre houses some of the world's most beloved and significant artworks. However, it didn't start out that way. Would you believe that the place that holds the "Mona Lisa" used to be a fortress?

The Smithsonian Institution, America's attic, is home to some 137 million objects -- ruby slippers, presidential hair, shrunken heads, animal pelts and even dinosaur poop. What are 10 of the strangest items in the museum's collection?

What do the Spirit of St. Louis, Dorothy's slippers and Mei Xiang the panda have in common? They're all part of the Smithsonian Institution's remarkable collection. But what's the mystery behind the founding of the "Nation's Attic"?

People go on vacation for various reasons -- adventure, delicious food, fine art, walks on the beach, nightlife. Which destination overwhelmingly meets everyone's vacation needs?

There's something about these interactive pedestrian puzzles that really captures people's interest. It could be the sense of accomplishment when you reach the end, or it may just be a fun activity to do with family and friends.

Besides sipping plenty of vino, you'll get to stroll the sun-drenched rows of vines and perhaps even eat a few of the grapes. What else can you expect from a wine tour?

From Stonehenge to the Taj Mahal, see pictures of some of the world's most stunning sites.

With a missing nose and weather-beaten body, the Sphinx really shows its age. Or does it? Some archaeologists have evidence that the Sphinx is older than the ancient Egyptians.

These pictures of Easter Island show off the famous Moai heads that line the coast. Learn about these mysterious structures and the island they call home.

Tacky is in the eye of the beholder. But trap is pretty straightforward. And when the two get tied up together, there's a good chance you're going to spend money on something absurd at a gift shop.

It's nature's light show, and we'd all like a front-row seat. But these mysterious flashes of pseudo-dawn can only be seen in certain parts of the world at certain times. Where and when?

Monticello was Thomas Jefferson's plantation home and ongoing, decades-long home improvement project and a place to test out his inventions. What was Monticello like on the inside?

The Colosseum was once awash with bloody gladiatorial spectacles, and now receives tides of visitors every year. What was the Colosseum like originally, and how has it changed?

The Parthenon was constructed thousands of years ago, but with so much pollution and so many visitors, it may not last for long. Take a look at the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

This futuristic Ferris wheel was only supposed to stay put for five years. But with millions of tourists boarding its capsules, the city decided to keep it around. How was it built?

It kept the Huns out for centuries, but today it draws 10 million visitors annually. The Great Wall winds across deserts, mountains and grasslands in even the most remote reaches of China. So why has it fallen into disrepair?