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Tracking Your Travels: Landmarks Around the World

By Mika Majapuro

Have you ever seen a picture of an amazing place somewhere around the world and thought "I should go there!" Well, maybe you're too young to pack your bags and head out now, but that shouldn't stop you from learning everything you can about those places before you get there! Whether you're into packing up that GPS and visiting that national park that's just a couple hours away or tracking down the remains of a pharaoh in the great majestic Egyptian Pyramids, we've put together some information that will get you started on your way to becoming a world traveller!

  • Statue of Liberty - Learn all about the Statue of Liberty with this handy guide from the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation.
  • The Eiffel Tower - One of the most interesting pieces of architecture in the world, this guide has everything you need to know before you get there.
  • Big Ben - It's not just a big clock. It's one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the world.
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa - Here is a guide, a photo gallery, and historical information about the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
  • The Colosseum - The Colosseum is the true oldest sports arena in the world. Learn more about it here.
  • The Empire State Building - This building was the tallest structure in the world for forty years. Here's everything you need to know before you visit.
  • The Golden Gate Bridge - One of the most iconic bridges in the world, here are some facts you may not know.
  • Notre Dame - From the Fondation Napoleon (home of the Young Historians) this is a great guide to the famous Cathedral.
  • The Great Wall of China - This wall has become a national symbol of China, but did you know it has a dark history as well? Learn more here.
  • The Taj Mahal - Here's a closer look at one of the most impressive structures ever constructed.
  • Ancient Egyptian Pyramids - These pyramids have been around for millennia and are still structurally sound. Learn more about them here.
  • The Great Sphinx - Here are some facts about the geology you can find in the Great Sphinx.
  • The Forbidden City - One of the most amazing things about this city is that until fairly recently no one but the nobility was allowed to visit.
  • The Acropolis - Some of the most important people in human history walked through the Acropolis. Now you can too.
  • Buckingham Palace - With 775 rooms, Buckingham Palace has housed British nobility for centuries.
  • Palace of Versailles - This palace is known for its extravagance, and is one of the most important buildings in history.
  • Pompeii - This town was encased in ash during one of the most devastating natural disasters in human history. This means you can visit and see what life was like in ancient Pompeii.
  • Machu Picchu - It was built around 1450, but not discovered by western civilization until 1911. Learn all about it here.
  • The Grand Canyon - The Grand Canyon Association has made it their mission to inspire education and tourism around one of the great natural wonders of the world. Just don't forget your GPS!
  • Niagara Falls - Learn all about one of the largest, most visited waterfalls in the world. Be sure to view it from both the US side and the Canadian side!
  • Mount Rushmore - Learn all you can about this man-made marvel from the National Park Service.
  • Westminster Abbey - Some of the most important names in history have stepped foot in Westminster Abbey. Discover what gives it its historical significance here.
  • The National Mall - With more US historical documents and monuments than you can possibly visit in one day, the National Mall in Washington DC has become one of the biggest archives of historical information in the world. Tracking down some primary sources? Start here!
  • Chichen Itza - Archeologists have found 2,000 year old artifacts at Chichen Itza, but they believe people have been there far longer. Find out why here.
  • Terracotta Warriors - The first Chinese emperor was buried with an army, but this was an army like no other. Find out 10 amazing facts about the Terracotta Warriors here.
  • Yellowstone National Park - One of the most diverse and beautiful national parks in America, Yellowstone is in a league of its own.
  • The Wailing Wall - Also called the Western Wall, the Wailing Wall is one of the most important sites in the Jewish religion, and one of the most important historical sites in the world.
  • Mecca - Mecca is the most important religious site in Islam, and also one of the most historically important and frequented places in the world. Discover why it continues to be important here.
  • The Sistine Chapel - This beautiful chapel could have been known for the beauty of its architecture, but what the famous artist Michelangelo did to its ceiling made it one of the most enduring historical sites in the world.
  • Death Valley - Contrary to its name, Death Valley is not something to avoid. Make sure to visit this incredible national park, the largest in the contiguous United States.
  • Ellis Island - These Ellis Island facts will have you wondering what's taking you so long to visit.

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