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 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

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

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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.

By Jesslyn Shields

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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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.

By Alia Hoyt

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.

By Dave Roos

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?

By Laurie L. Dove

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.

By Mark Larson

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

By Jessika Toothman

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.

By Ed Grabianowski

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

By Debra Ronca

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.

By Linda C. Brinson

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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.

By Tristin Hopper

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.

By Jeff Harder

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?

By Joy H. Montgomery

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?

By Clint Pumphrey

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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.

By Christopher Neiger

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.

By Akweli Parker

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?

By John Kelly

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?

By Josh Clark

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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?

By Jessika Toothman

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"?

By Jessika Toothman