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 forbidding slopes of Mount Everest have captivated mountain climbers for decades ... though you can never really conquer Everest, merely survive it.

People say that the Congo river is murky brown, but for centuries now, historians have written about the Congo's bloody waters. Fantastic tales of death and near misses have corroborated the Congo's reputation as the heart of darkness.

Like the imposing white marble of many Greek monuments, the impact of ancient Greek culture is still alive and well today. See and learn more about the ancient Greeks in this image gallery.

The next time you're pondering a big trip around the world, you might want to think about visiting a World Heritage site. Hundreds of them exist, and they're in some pretty cool spots.

Lighthouses kept sailors safe from crashing their ships on rocky coasts -- until modern technology left them obsolete. Now many of them serve as museums or lodges.

It flows south to north and it helped build Ancient Egypt. How does the mighty Nile affect the people and animals that live nearby?

For most of us, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances seem like nice upgrades. But the world's most expensive houses have heated driveways, private gyms and movie theaters. Jealous yet?

When Thomas Jefferson inherited 5,000 acres of land in Charlottesville, Va., he set out to build a house with more conveniences and European influences. How long did it take him to build it, and what did he include in the plans?

There are the seven wonders of the medieval world and the modern world, as well as the seven wonders of the natural world and underwater world. But what about the original seven wonders of the world.

Much of Easter Island's haunting past remains a mystery, though clues have surfaced about the people, their culture and their fateful decline. What's the real story?

Navesink Lighthouse on New Jersey's northern shore marks a navigational spot first found by Henry Hudson. There are few lighthouses in American that are as sturdily constructed as the Navesink Lighthouse. Learn about Navesink Lighthouse here.

At 1,922 feet (607 meters) tall, the Burj Dubai is the new tallest building in the world -- and it's still under construction.

The Boston Light lighthouse is the only lighthouse in America that continues to have resident keepers. Located ten miles east of Boston this lighthouse has guided ships into Boston Harbor for close to 300 years. Learn about the history of the Boston

Some museums display fine art -- others opt for replica electric chairs. The unusual museums on our list showcase peculiar items from history and culture that you won’t soon forget.

From corn palaces to giant balls of twine, this world has plenty of strange, quirky tourist attractions. Some of our favorites are on this list.

What makes a place romantic enough to inspire a long passionate kiss? Being together in beauty -- whether in a natural setting or a creation of the human imagination -- can certainly help affections flow freely.

The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States by France to symbolize freedom. Find out 20 interesting facts about the Statue of Liberty, including statue's real name and when construction began.

The United States has numerous buildings and other structures that represent the freedom and opportunity expressed in the American dream. Here are a few of those defining monuments.

Route 66 the mother road is dotted with saloons motels and kitschy pit stops. Learn about the vintage businesses along historic Route 66 including the Cozy Dog Drive-In and the Buckingham Fountain.

They're the anti-museums: roadside attractions so puzzling we ask "why was this created?" But that's exactly what so many tourists are looking for in the Information Age: things that boggle the mind not enrich it.

Over the years roadside merchants have used their gas station diner or motel as a blank canvas that could be artfully decorated to bring in higher profits. Read about some of these quirky landmarks and view our roadside attractions image gallery.

America's roadside architectural wonders include strange palaces and replicas of European buildings. The builders of these structures often wanted to establish their own sense of individualism. Learn more about these amazing roadside architectural wo

Roadside statues are delightful vacation diversions. These larger-than-life creations were known for putting small unknown towns on the maps of every highway traveler. Learn about some of America's most popular roadside statues.

Explore America's quirky roadside attractions from gigantic statues to outlandish landmarks. Used as methods to get motorists to stop these roadside attractions have become American icons. Learn more about America's favorite roadside attractions.

For all their uniqueness, man-made roadside landmarks like corn palaces and giant whales can be just as memorable as natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Read about these quirky roadside landmarks.