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.

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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?

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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.

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

By Sarah Dowdey

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

By Eric Peterson

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.

By Eric Peterson

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.

By Eric Peterson

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.

By Marshall Brain

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

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

Arguably the most perfect building on Earth the Taj Mahal is an Indian ruler's timeless memorial to his lost lamented love. This white marble pearl of architecture was once described by poet Rabindranath Tagore as "a teardrop on the cheek of eternity

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

One of the world's most recognizable buildings is surely the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Check it out, if you're so inclined....

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

The Acropolis is the hill where the graceful, white structure of the Parthenon temple rises against the blue sky of Greece. Read more about the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

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Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only one still exists -- the pyramids of Giza. he Great Pyramid, Egypt's largest, is an astonishing structure completed more than 4,500 years ago. Check out the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx.

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

No one knows who erected the massive Stonehenge or why but the romance and mystery of it continue to fascinate. Even today during the summer solstice you can stand at the central Altar Stone and witness the sun rising precisely over the Heel Stone lo

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

Strong as iron and delicate as lace, the Eiffel Tower is the romantic symbol of Paris. Its design was disdained by the city's artists and writers, who protested the tower's construction for the Universal Exposition. Read about the Eiffel Tower.

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

The Palace of Versailles: The world's most opulent playground for royalty! A chateau large enough to house 6,000 courtiers! A palace fit for a king! And not just any king, but Louis XIV. Read more about the extravagant Palace of Versailles.

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr

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Standing 2310 feet atop a mountain the 100-foot-tall Christ the Redeemer Statue rises in splendor above Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Learn how this magnificent statue came to watch over the sprawling city of Rio.

By Jerry Camarillo Dunn, Jr