Loch Ard Gorge and the Razorback – Australia

The Great Ocean Road in Australia is famous for the Twelve Apostles but there are more unusual rock formations that are just as interesting as the Twelve Apostles. Just 2.5 miles past the Twelve Apostles is a site known as the Loch Ard Gorge and the Razorback. These two formations can be seen from the…

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Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is located Bavaria near Munich, Germany. The castle was built by King Ludwig II and the construction started in 1869 but it was never completely finished due to his death in 1886. The name Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Stone” which is derived from a character from one of Richard Wagner’s operas, the…

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Seattle Skyline – Washington

The Seattle Skyline is one of the world’s most recognizable skylines. Most people instantly recognize the Space Needle tower and know that this is the Seattle Skyline. While the Space Needle tower is the defining building for the Seattle Skyline there are some other feature that make the Seattle Skyline notable. When visiting Seattle, it…

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Columbus Monument – Spain

The Christopher Columbus Monument is located in Barcelona, Spain and was built in 1888 to honor the renowned explorer and discoverer of America. The monument is placed at the site where Christopher Columbus arrive in 1493 on his return from his discovery of America the year before. The monument is a single column that is…

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Cherry Blossoms – Japan

Spring in Japan can mean only one thing, cherry blossoms! There are over 100 varieties of cherry trees in Japan. A large majority of them have been cultivated by humans over the centuries for decorative use in gardens and parks but a few varieties are wild and native to Japan’s forests and they can be…

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Colonial Cartagena – Columbia

Colonial Cartagena is one of South America’s oldest colonial cities. It was founded in 1533 and was named after Cartagena, Spain. The city is located on the southern rim of the Caribbean Sea just a few degrees north of the Equator making the city warm year-round. The entrance into the walled city of Colonial Cartagena…

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World War II Memorial – Washington D.C.

The World War II Memorial is located in the heart of the National Mall in Washington D.C. The memorial is located at the end of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with the Washington Monument to the east. The World War II Memorial was opened to the public on April 29, 2004. The memorial honors the…

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Pantheon – Italy

The Pantheon is one of the best preserved monuments remaining from ancient Rome. It was completed between 126 and 128 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The name “Pantheon” is derived from the Greek words “pan” meaning “all” and “theos” meaning “gods” so the meaning of the name Pantheon is “all gods”. Plaza and…

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Japanese Macaques

Japanese Macaques are the northern most non-human primate. They live exclusively in the Japanese Islands and are found in three of the four main islands (Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu but not in Hokkaido). They are also known as “snow monkeys” because they live in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year. These…

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Tilikum Crossing Bridge – Oregon

Tilikum Crossing Bridge crosses the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon and is the largest car-free bridge in the United States. While the Tilikum Crossing Bridge doesn’t carry any car traffic it is still busy with traffic from the Portland Streetcar, the MAX Orange Line, TriMet buses, cyclists and pedestrians. The name of the bridge seems…

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