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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Monticello Pictures

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?

Colosseum Pictures

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?

Parthenon Pictures

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.

How the London Eye Works

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?

How the Great Wall of China Works

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?

Mount Everest Pictures

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

How the Congo River Works

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.

Ancient Greece Pictures

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.

What is a World Heritage site?

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.

Lighthouse Pictures

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.

How the Nile River Works

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

Top 10 Most Expensive Houses in the World

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?

How Monticello Works

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?

How the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Work

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.

How Easter Island Works

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

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.

Boston Light Lighthouse

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

What's the new tallest building in the world?

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

6 Peculiar Museums in the United States

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.

12 Strange Tourist Attractions

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.

22 Romantic Kissing Spots in America

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.

11 Structures that Define America

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.

20 Facts About the Statue of Liberty

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.

13 Vintage Businesses on Historic Route 66

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.

4 Paranormal and Other Strange Roadside Attractions

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.