Landmarks

Landmarks designate places of interest and peek the interest of many. Discover the massive stones used to erect Stonehenge and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.


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?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Disneyland means pure magic to people all over the world. Learn about the opening of Disneyland and how a theme park grew to be an essential part of American childhood.

The world's famous landmarks inspire wonder -- from lost cities to elegant houses of worship. Explore some of the world's greatest landmarks.

Ranked in battle formation thousands of life-size terra-cotta soldiers protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. The clay figures were buried more than 2000 years ago in underground vaults ready to escort the emperor into eternal life.