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Gettysburg

The Gettysburg National Military Park protects and interprets the landscape of the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The park includes most of the Gettysburg Battlefield, many of the battle's support areas (e.g., reserve, supply, and hospital locations), and several other non-battle areas associated with the battle's "aftermath and commemoration", including the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Many of the park's 43,000 American Civil War artifacts are displayed in the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.

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Christ Church

Christ Church is an Episcopal church in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia. Founded in 1695 as a parish of the Church of England, it played an integral role in the founding of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States. In 1785, its rector, William White, became the first Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

From 1754 to 1810, the church's 196-foot (60 m) tower and steeple was the tallest structure in what is now the United States of America.

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President's House

The President's House in Philadelphia was the third U.S. Presidential Mansion. George Washington occupied it from November 27, 1790, to March 10, 1797; and John Adams occupied it from March 21, 1797, to May 30, 1800.

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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia, dating back to 1703. There are 32 houses on the street which were built between 1703 and 1836.

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Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle is the longest castle complex in the world (1051 m).

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Livadia Palace

Livadia Palace was a summer retreat of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II, and his family in Livadiya, Crimea. The Yalta Conference was held there in 1945, when the palace housed the apartments of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and other members of the American delegation – the Soviet delegation was housed in the Yusupov Palace, and the British in the Vorontsov Palace some five miles distant. Today the palace houses a museum, but it is sometimes used for international summits.

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Eagle's Nest

The Kehlsteinhaus (known as the Eagle's Nest in English-speaking countries) is a Third Reich–era building erected atop the summit of the Kehlstein, a rocky outcrop that rises above Obersalzberg near the town of Berchtesgaden. It was used exclusively by members of the Nazi Party for government and social meetings. It was visited on 14 documented instances by Adolf Hitler, who disliked the location due to his fear of heights, the risk of bad weather, and the thin mountain air. Today it is open seasonally as a restaurant, beer garden, and tourist site.

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Operation Dynamo

The Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo and also known as the Miracle of Dunkirk, or just Dunkirk, was the evacuation of Allied soldiers during World War II from the nearby beaches and harbour, between 26 May and 4 June 1940.

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Hot Springs National Park

Hot Springs National Park is located in central Garland County, Arkansas. Hot Springs Reservation was initially created by an act of the United States Congress on April 20, 1832 to be preserved for future recreation. Established before the concept of a national park existed, it was the first time that land had been set aside by the federal government to preserve its use as an area for recreation.

The hot spring water has been popularly believed for centuries to possess medicinal properties, and was a subject of legend among several Native American tribes. Following federal protection in 1832, the city developed into a successful spa town.

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Arles Amphitheatre

The Arles Amphitheatre (French: Arènes d'Arles) is a Roman amphitheatre in the southern French town of Arles. It is probably the most prominent tourist attraction from the city which thrived in Ancient Rome. 

Built in 90 AD, the amphitheatre held over 20,000 spectators of chariot races and bloody hand-to-hand battles. Lately, it draws smaller crowds for bullfighting during the Feria d'Arles as well as plays and concerts in summer.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein) is a 19th-century palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner.

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Great Sphinx of Giza

The Great Sphinx of Giza, commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature. Facing directly from west to east, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx appears to represent the pharaoh Khafre.

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Pyramid of Khafre

The Pyramid of Khafre or of Chephren is the second-tallest and second-largest of the 3 Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and the tomb of the Fourth-Dynasty pharaoh Khafre (Chefren), who ruled c. 2558−2532 BC.

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Great Pyramid of Giza

The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.

Egyptologists conclude that the pyramid was built as a tomb for the Fourth Dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu and estimate that it was built in the 26th century BC during a period of around 27 years.

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Nuremberg Castle

Nuremberg Castle is a group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge dominating the historical center of Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany.

The castle, together with the city walls, is considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications. It represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the outstanding role of the Imperial City of Nuremberg.

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Aachen Cathedral

Aachen Cathedral is one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe, it was constructed by order of Emperor Charlemagne, who was buried there in 814. From 936 to 1531, the Palatine Chapel saw the coronation of thirty-one German kings and twelve queens. The church has been the mother church of the Diocese of Aachen since 1802.

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Kapellbrücke

The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) is a covered wooden footbridge spanning the river Reuss diagonally in the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. Named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel, the bridge is unique in containing a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with a larger part of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. It serves as the city's symbol and as one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions.

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One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center (also known as One World Trade, One WTC, or Freedom Tower) is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. The supertall structure has the same name as the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The new skyscraper stands on the northwest corner of the 16-acre (6.5 ha) World Trade Center site, on the site of the original 6 World Trade Center.

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches are located in the park, including the well-known Delicate Arch, as well as a variety of unique geological resources and formations. The park contains the highest density of natural arches in the world.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge. It is located in the Machupicchu District within Urubamba Province above the Sacred Valley, which is 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco. The Urubamba River flows past it, cutting through the Cordillera and creating a canyon with a tropical mountain climate.

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Abraj Al Bait

The Abraj Al-Bait is a government-owned complex of seven skyscraper hotels in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Opened in 2012, these towers are part of the King Abdulaziz Endowment Project that aims to modernize the city in catering to its pilgrims. The central hotel tower, the Makkah Royal Clock Tower, has the world's largest clock face and is the third-tallest building and fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world.

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Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower is a 128-story, 632-meter (2,073 ft)-tall megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is the world's second-tallest building by height to architectural top and it shares the record (along with the Ping An Finance Center) of having the world's highest observation deck within a building or structure at 562 m.

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Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa, known as the Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration in 2010, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft, just over half a mile) and a roof height (excluding antenna, but including a 244 m spire) of 828 m (2,717 ft), the Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in 2009 (preceded by Taipei 101).

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Doge's Palace

The Doge's Palace is a palace built in Venetian Gothic style, and one of the main landmarks of the city of Venice. The palace was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic. It was built in 1340 and extended and modified in the following centuries. It became a museum in 1923 and is one of the 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia.

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St Mark's Basilica

The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark, commonly known as St Mark's Basilica, is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has been the city's cathedral only since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice.

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II after the temporary restoration of order during the Batavian Revolution. One of the best-known landmarks of Germany, it was built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road from Berlin to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel, which used to be capital of the Margraviate of Brandenburg.

Throughout its existence, the Brandenburg Gate was often a site for major historical events and is today considered not only as a symbol of the tumultuous history of Europe and Germany, but also of European unity and peace.

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Chengyang Bridge

Chengyang Bridge is a special covered bridge or lángqiáo, and one of several Fengyu bridges in the local Dong Minority region. It was built in 1912 and used to link to local villages along the Linxi River. The bridge is mostly made out of wood, with stone piers and a roof covered in tile. It has 5 pavilions, 19 verandas, and 3 floors. It features lifelike carvings and paintings throughout the structure.

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Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a medieval stone arch bridge that crosses the Vltava (Moldau) river. Its construction started in 1357 under King Charles IV, and finished in the early 15th century. The bridge replaced the old Judith Bridge built 1158–1172 that had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. This new bridge was originally called Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or Prague Bridge (Pražský most), but has been referred to as "Charles Bridge" since 1870.

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Stari Most

Stari Most, also known as Mostar Bridge, is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croation paramilitary forces during the Croat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it; the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004.

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Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is the oldest of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal. Connecting the sestieri (districts) of San Marco and San Polo, it has been rebuilt several times and is now a significant tourist attraction in the city.

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Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over 50 km (31 mi) to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes). It crosses the river Gardon near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in southern France. The Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges, as well as one of the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites in 1985 because of its historical importance.

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Warsaw Ghetto

Warsaw Ghetto was the largest of the Nazi ghettos during World War II. It was established in November 1940 by the German authorities within the new General Government territory of occupied Poland. At its height, as many as 460,000 Jews were imprisoned there, in an area of 3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi).

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Warsaw Uprising

The Warsaw Uprising, which broke out on 1 August 1944 and lasted until 2 October 1944, was one of the most important and devastating events in the history of Warsaw and Poland. Up to 90% of Warsaw's buildings were destroyed during the hostilities and the destruction of the city carried out by the Germans after the uprising.

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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawaii. The park encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive shield volcano. The park provides scientists with insight into the development of the Hawaiian Islands and access for studies of volcanism. For visitors, the park offers dramatic volcanic landscapes, glimpses of rare flora and fauna, and a view into the traditional Hawaiian culture connected to these landscapes.

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Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynedd. It was a motte-and-bailey castle from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward I of England began to replace it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of north Wales, and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.

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Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle (Welsh: Castell Caerffili) is a medieval fortification in Caerphilly in South Wales. The castle was constructed by Gilbert de Clare in the 13th century as part of his campaign to maintain control of Glamorgan, and saw extensive fighting between Gilbert, his descendants, and the native Welsh rulers.

Surrounded by extensive artificial lakes – considered by historian Allen Brown to be "the most elaborate water defences in all Britain" – it occupies around 30 acres (12 ha) and is the largest castle in Wales and the second-largest castle in the United Kingdom after Windsor Castle. 

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Carcassonne

The Cité de Carcassonne, is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Roman period and restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.

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Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France. The island lies about one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country's north-western coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.

Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as monuments historiques.

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Sachsenhausen

Sachsenhausen or Sachsenhausen-Oranienburg was a Nazi concentration camp in Oranienburg, Germany, used from 1936 to the end of the Third Reich in May 1945. It mainly held political prisoners throughout World War II. Today, Sachsenhausen is open to the public as a memorial for the crimes committed within its walls.

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John Frost Bridge

John Frost Bridge is the road bridge over the Lower Rhine at Arnhem, in the Netherlands. The bridge is named after Major-General John Dutton Frost who commanded the British forces that reached and defended the bridge during the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944.

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Mardasson Memorial

The Mardasson Memorial is a monument honoring the memory of American soldiers wounded or killed during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. Designed in the shape of a five-pointed American star, it is located near Bastogne in the Luxembourg province of Belgium.

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Utah Beach

Utah Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944 (D-Day), during World War II. It is the westernmost of the five code-named landing beaches in Normandy. Amphibious landings at Utah were undertaken by United States Army troops, with sea transport, mine sweeping, and a naval bombardment force provided by the United States Navy and Coast Guard as well as elements from the British, Dutch and other Allied navies.

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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. Bryce Canyon National Park is much smaller, and sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park.

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Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is an English country house and estate in Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) that became the principal centre of Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. The mansion was constructed during the years following 1883 for the financier and politician Sir Herbert Leon in the Victorian Gothic, Tudor, and Dutch Baroque styles, on the site of older buildings of the same name.

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Wolf’s Lair

The Wolf's Lair was Adolf Hitler's first Eastern Front military headquarters in World War II. The complex, which became one of several Führerhauptquartiere (Führer Headquarters) in various parts of Central and Eastern Europe, was built for the start of Operation Barbarossa—the invasion of the Soviet Union—in 1941. Hitler would spend over 800 days here during World War II.

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Auschwitz

The Auschwitz concentration camp was a complex of over 40 concentration and extermination camps operated by Nazi Germany in occupied Poland during World War II and the Holocaust. It consisted of Auschwitz I, the main camp (Stammlager) in Oświęcim; Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a concentration and extermination camp with gas chambers; Auschwitz III-Monowitz, a labor camp for the chemical conglomerate IG Farben; and dozens of subcamps. The camps became a major site of the Nazis' Final Solution to the Jewish Question.

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Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc lies 4 mi (6.4 km) west of the center of Omaha Beach. During World War II it was the highest point between the American sector landings at Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east. The German army fortified the area with concrete casemates and gun pits. On D-Day, the United States Army Ranger Assault Group attacked and captured Pointe du Hoc after scaling the cliffs.

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Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial is a memorial to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000-square-metre (200,000 sq ft) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. An attached underground "Place of Information" holds the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims, obtained from the Israeli museum Yad Vashem.

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Oradour-sur-Glane

The original village was destroyed on 10 June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants, including women and children, were massacred by a company of troops belonging to the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, a Waffen-SS unit of the military forces of Nazi Germany. A new village was built after the war on a nearby site, but on the orders of the then French president, Charles de Gaulle, the original has been maintained as a permanent memorial. The Centre de la mémoire d'Oradour museum is located beside the historic site.

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The Reichstag

The Reichstag is a historic building in Berlin, Germany, constructed to house the Imperial Diet (German: Reichstag) of the German Empire. It was opened in 1894 and housed the Diet until 1933, when it was severely damaged by an arson fire. After World War II, the building fell into disuse; the parliament of the German Democratic Republic (the Volkskammer) met in the Palast der Republik in East Berlin, while the parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany (the Bundestag) met in the Bundeshaus in Bonn.

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Oskar Schindler Factory

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist and a member of the Nazi Party. He is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories. He is the subject of the 1982 novel Schindler's Ark and its 1993 film adaptation, Schindler's List, which reflected his life as an opportunist initially motivated by profit, who came to show extraordinary initiative, tenacity, courage, and dedication to save the lives of his Jewish employees.

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Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. It honors American troops who died in Europe during World War II. The memorial is located on the site of the former temporary battlefield cemetery of Saint Laurent, covering 172.5 acres and containing 9,388 burials.

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Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach, was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. "Omaha" refers to an 8-kilometer (5 mi) section of the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary.

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Arromanches

Arromanches is mainly a tourist town. Situated in a good location for visiting all of the World War II battle sites and war cemeteries, there is a museum at Arromanches with information about Operation Overlord and in particular, the Mulberry harbours used to bring troops and supplies to the battle front.

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Juno Beach

Juno Beach was one of five beaches of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War. The beach spanned from Courseulles, a village just east of the British beach Gold, to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, and just west of the British beach Sword.

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Tips: Visit the nearby Juno Beach Centre to learn more about D-Day and the heros who fought in the Battle of Normandy. Check the junobeach.org website for updated visiting hours.

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Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge, originally called the Bénouville Bridge after the neighbouring village, is a road crossing over the Caen Canal, between Caen and Ouistreham in Normandy. The original bridge, built in 1934, is now a war memorial and is the centrepiece of the Memorial Pegasus museum at nearby Ranville. It was replaced in 1994 by a modern design which, like the old one, is a bascule bridge.

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Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a writer's house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. The building is located on a canal called the Prinsengracht, close to the Westerkerk, in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex. She did not survive the war but her wartime diary was published in 1947. Ten years later the Anne Frank Foundation was established to protect the property from developers who wanted to demolish the block.

The museum opened on 3 May 1960. It preserves the hiding place, has a permanent exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank, and has an exhibition space about all forms of persecution and discrimination.

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Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site was established in Topeka, Kansas, on October 26, 1992, by the United States Congress to commemorate the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Brown v. Board of Education aimed at ending racial segregation in public schools. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal" and, as such, violated the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees all citizens "equal protection of the laws."

The National Historic Site consists of the Monroe Elementary School, one of the four segregated elementary schools for African American children in Topeka, and the adjacent grounds.

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Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, commemorates the contributions of African-American airmen in World War II. Moton Field was the site of primary flight training for the pioneering pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen, and is now operated by the National Park Service to interpret their history and achievements. It was constructed in 1941 as a new training base. The field was named after former Tuskegee Institute principal Robert Russa Moton, who died the previous year.

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Freemen’s Colony

The Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island, also known as the Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, or "Freedman's Colony", was founded in 1863 during the Civil War after Union Major General John G. Foster, Commander of the 18th Army Corps, captured the Confederate fortifications on Roanoke Island off North Carolina in 1862. He classified the slaves living there as "contraband", following the precedent of General Benjamin Butler at Fort Monroe in 1861, and did not return them to Confederate slaveholders. In 1863, by the Emancipation Proclamation, all slaves in Union-occupied territories were freed. The island colony started as one of what were 100 contraband camps by the war's end, but it became something more.

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Booker T Washington National Monument

The Booker T. Washington National Monument is a National Monument near Hardy, Franklin County, Virginia. It preserves portions of the 207-acre (0.90 km²) tobacco farm on which educator and leader Booker T. Washington was born into slavery on April 5, 1856. It provides interpretation of Washington's life and achievements, as well as interpretation of 1850s slavery and farming through the use of buildings, gardens, crafts and animals.

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, is located at 1411 W Street, SE, in Anacostia, a neighborhood east of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, D.C. Established in 1988 as a National Historic Site, the site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African Americans of the 19th century. Douglass lived in this house, which he named Cedar Hill, from 1877-1888 until his death in 1895. Perched on a hilltop, the site offers a sweeping view of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington, D.C., skyline.

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park is a 480-acre (190 ha) National Park Service unit in Maryland. It commemorates the life of former slave Harriet Tubman, who became an activist in the Underground Railroad prior to the American Civil War. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument was created by President Barack Obama under the Antiquities Act on March 25, 2013.

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George Washington Carver National Monument

George Washington Carver National Monument is a unit of the National Park Service in Newton County, Missouri. The national monument was founded on July 14, 1943, by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who dedicated $30,000 to the monument. It was the first national monument dedicated to an African American and first to a non-president.

The site preserves the boyhood home of George Washington Carver, as well as the 1881 Moses Carver house and the Carver cemetery. His boyhood home consists of rolling hills, woodlands, and prairies. The 240-acre (97 ha) park has a ​3⁄4-mile (1.2 km) nature trail, film, museum, and an interactive exhibit area for students.

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Alabama State Capitol

The Alabama State Capitol, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the First Confederate Capitol, is the state capitol building for Alabama. Located on Capitol Hill, originally Goat Hill, in Montgomery, it was declared a National Historic Landmark on December 19, 1960.

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Nicodemus National Historic Site

Nicodemus National Historic Site, located in Nicodemus, Kansas, United States, preserves, protects and interprets the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the American Civil War. The town of Nicodemus is symbolic of the pioneer spirit of African Americans who dared to leave the only region they had been familiar with to seek personal freedom and the opportunity to develop their talents and capabilities.

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Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, a National Monument of the United States, commemorates the life of Charles Young (1864-1922), an escaped slave who rose to become a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and its first African-American colonel. It is located on United States Route 42 in Wilberforce, Ohio, in a house purchased by Young in 1907 that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974. The monument is administered by the National Park Service; the house is open by appointment for tours.

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Fort Pillow State Historic Park

Fort Pillow State Historic Park is a state park in western Tennessee that preserves the American Civil War site of the Battle of Fort Pillow. The 1,642 acre (6.6 km²) Fort Pillow, located in Lauderdale County on the Chickasaw Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, is rich in both historic and archaeological significance. In 1861, the Confederate army built extensive fortifications and named the site for General Gideon Johnson Pillow of Maury County. It was attacked and held by the Union Army for most of the American Civil War period except immediately after the Battle of Fort Pillow, when it was retaken by the Confederate Army. The battle ended with a massacre of African-American Union troops and their white officers attempting to surrender, by soldiers under the command of Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Interpretive sites are part of the park.

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African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground National Monument is a monument at Duane Street and African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street) in the Civic Center section of Lower Manhattan, New York City. The site contains the remains of more than 419 Africans buried during the late 17th and 18th centuries in a portion of what was the largest colonial-era cemetery for people of African descent, some free, most enslaved. Historians estimate there may have been as many as 10,000–20,000 burials in what was called the "Negroes Burial Ground" in the 1700s. The five to six acre site's excavation and study was called "the most important historic urban archaeological project in the United States."

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Boston African American National Historic Site

The Boston African American National Historic Site, in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts's Beacon Hill neighborhood, interprets 15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. These include the 1806 African Meeting House, the oldest standing black church in the United States.

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16th Street Baptist Church

The 16th Street Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama, affiliated with the Progressive National Baptist Convention. In 1963, the church was bombed by Ku Klux Klan members. The bombing killed four young girls in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The church is still in operation and is a central landmark in the Birmingham Civil Rights District. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Since 2008, it has also been on the UNESCO list of tentative World Heritage Sites.

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Wright Brothers Memorial

Wright Brothers National Memorial, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. From 1900 to 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright came here from Dayton, Ohio, to have a private areas with steady winds to experiment with their flying machine.

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park is an American national park that preserves and reclaims the rural landscape along the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cleveland in Northeast Ohio.

The 32,572-acre (50.9 sq mi; 131.8 km2) park is administered by the National Park Service, but within its boundaries are areas independently managed as county parks or as public or private businesses. Cuyahoga Valley was originally designated as a National Recreation Area in 1974, then redesignated as a national park 26 years later in 2000, and remains the only national park that originated as a national recreation area.

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St Louis Cathedral

The Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France, also called St. Louis Cathedral, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the second oldest cathedral in continuous use in what would become the United States. It is dedicated to Saint Louis, also known as King Louis IX of France. The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, under the Spanish rule, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The original St. Louis Cathedral was burned during the great fire of 1788 and was expanded and largely rebuilt and completed in the 1850s, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.

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Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression and was dedicated on September 30, 1935, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Its construction was the result of a massive effort involving thousands of workers, and cost over one hundred lives. Originally known as Boulder Dam from 1933, it was officially renamed Hoover Dam for President Herbert Hoover by a joint resolution of Congress in 1947.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, near Palm Springs. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the Mojave Desert. Originally declared a national monument in 1936, Joshua Tree was redesignated as a national park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. Encompassing a total of 790,636 acres (1,235.4 sq mi; 3,199.6 km2) – slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island – the park includes 429,690 acres (671.4 sq mi; 1,738.9 km2) of designated wilderness. Straddling San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and the lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains traverse the southwest edge of the park.

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Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is located in northwestern Montana, on the Canada–United States border, adjacent to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. The park encompasses over 1 million acres (4,000 km2) and includes parts of two mountain ranges (sub-ranges of the Rocky Mountains), over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants, and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem," a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles (41,000 km2).

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Church of Saint George

The Church of Saint George is one of eleven rock-hewn monolithic churches in Lalibela, a city in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. Originally named Roha (Warwar), the historical and religious site was named Lalibela after the King Gebre Mesqel Lalibela of the Zagwe dynasty, who commissioned its construction. He is regarded as a saint by the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Zion National Park

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Olympic National Park

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Mount Vernon

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Walden Pond

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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is an American national park located in the western United States, largely in the northwest corner of Wyoming and extending into Montana and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first national park in the U.S. and is also widely held to be the first national park in the world. The park is known for its wildlife and its many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful geyser, one of its most popular. While it represents many types of biomes, the subalpine forest is the most abundant. It is part of the South Central Rockies forests ecoregion.

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Biltmore Estate

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Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos (Spanish for "St. Mark's Castle") is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States; it is located on the western shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida. The Castillo was designed by the Spanish engineer Ignacio Daza, with construction beginning in 1672, 107 years after the city's founding by Spanish Admiral and conquistador Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, when Florida was part of the Spanish Empire. The fort's construction was ordered by Governor Francisco de la Guerra y de la Vega after a raid by the English privateer Robert Searles in 1668 that destroyed much of St. Augustine and damaged the existing wooden fort. Work proceeded under the administration of Guerra's successor, Manuel de Cendoya in 1671, and the first coquina stones were laid in 1672. The construction of the core of the current fortress was completed in 1695, though it would undergo many alterations and renovations over the centuries.

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Fort McHenry

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Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is an American lagoon harbor on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, west of Honolulu. Much of the harbor and surrounding lands is now a United States Navy deep-water naval base. It is also the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet.

The Attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon the United States against the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, just before 08:00, on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States' formal entry into World War II the next day.

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Acadia National Park

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Grand Canyon

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Yosemite National Park

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Gateway Arch

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island is a federally-owned island in New York Harbor that was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States. From 1892 to 1924, nearly 12 million immigrants arriving at the Port of New York and New Jersey were processed there under federal law. Today, it is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and is accessible to the public only by ferry. The north side of the island is the site of the main building, now a national museum of immigration. The south side of the island, including the Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital, is open to the public only through guided tours.

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Central Park

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Washington Square Park

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September 11th Memorial

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Washington National Cathedral

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Washington Monument

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Arlington National Cemetery

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Thomas Jefferson Memorial

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United States Capitol

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Christ the Redeemer

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Senso-ji

Built in the early 7th century AD, this is the oldest as well as the most visited temple in Tokyo. It is dedicated to Kannon, the Japanese goddess of mercy. According to rumours, the temple was built to protect the goddess' statue. Whether or not the statue exists though, is a mystery.

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Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of Edinburgh from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age (2nd century AD), although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued at times to be a royal residence until 1633.

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Odeon of Herodes Atticus

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Willis Tower

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St Patrick's Cathedral

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Royal Palace

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British Museum

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Palace of Westminster

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Saint Paul's Cathedral

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Tower of London

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey has been used for the royal coronations since the 1066 coronations of both King Harold and William the Conqueror. Nowadays, it is also a setting for royal weddings and another royal (and state) ceremonies. In 2011, Prince William and Catherine Middleton got married here.

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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the monarch of the United Kingdom. Located in the City of Westminster, the palace is often at the centre of state occasions and royal hospitality. It has been a focal point for the British people at times of national rejoicing and mourning.

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Hohensalzburg Castle

Seated upon a hill at the height of over 500 meters, the Salzburg Fortress' real name literally translates as High Salzburg Fortress.

The building works on this fortress started as early as the 11th century AD, however, it owes its today look to the final expansions of the 17th century, during which the last bastions were added to it.

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Windsor Castle

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Prague Castle

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Mehrangarh Castle

Mehrangarh, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. Built in around 1459 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below.

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Malbork Castle

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Big Ben

Elizabeth Tower houses Big Ben, one of the most famous bells in the world. The 150+ year old tower was recently renamed the Elizabeth Tower to honor Queen Elizabeth's 60 years' of reign. Visit Westminister Palace to get close up views of the tower.

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Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

The Magic Fountain was designed by Carles Buïgas in 1928 for the 1929 Universal Exposition. It sits on the former site of The Four Columns. The fountain uses 3620 jets and over 700 gallons of water to create the impressive visual display. Check the hours ahead of time as the days and times vary by the time of year.

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Roman Forum

The Roman Forum (Foro Romano) was an open-air location in the heart of the ancient city where many events took place - including political, religious, important meetings, criminal trials, buying and selling of goods, gladiator fights, and social activities. The Forum opened about 500 BC around the time that the Roman Republic was founded.

Today, you can walk through and explore the remains. Here you will find the Senate House, the Temple of Saturn, the Arch of Titus, and the Rostra where important speeches were given.

The Colosseum entrance fee also includes admission to the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.

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Appian Way

The Appian Way is an ancient road, built of paving blocks. It is located in Rome and was built in 312 BC for the purpose of transporting military supplies. It is called the “Queen of Roads” because it has lasted so long.

The Ancient Appian was Rome’s gateway to the East before modern streets and highways were built. It was a straight line to the important town of Capua and then stretched on 400 miles to Brindisi where Roman ships sailed to Egypt and Greece.

Tourists come to admire the Ancient Appian Way and to take a step back in time. The road can be accessed by bike, on foot, and parts of it by car.

Tips: Try to visit on a Sunday when the park is closed to vehicle traffic.

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Spanish Steps

The Spainish Steps climb from Piazza di Spagna to the Trinita dei Monti. They were constucted in 1723 by architects Francesco de Sanctis and Alessandro Specchi. This is a very popular photo spot for tourists so expect it to be very busy. Climb the 135 steps to the top to get a nice view of the surrounding piazza.

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Mission San Diego de Alcala

Mission San Diego de Alcala was founded on July 16, 1769 by a Spanish friar named Junípero Serra. It was the first of twenty one missions to be started in California with the goal of spreading Christianity in the region.

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The Alamo

The Alamo is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is a Spanish mission which was built in 1718 and is the location where the Battle of the Alamo was fought between Mexican troops and Texans and Texas immigrants in 1836. The battle lasted 13 days ending in the defeat of the Texan army but the outcome would provide a rallying cry for the fight for independence.

Today, the Alamo is toured by visitors from all around the world. You are able to walk inside the church mission and you can stroll around the grounds too. The Long Barrack where the army officers slept can be viewed as well.

A guided tour or an audio tour are available for a small fee.

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Palazzo Vecchio

Palazzo Vecchio is the town hall of Florence, Italy. It is a beautiful building that overlooks the gallery of statues. The Palazzo Vecchio is built on top of an ancient Roman theater that was once part of the Roman colony of Florentia. You can purchase tickets to view the ruins.

Inside the Palazzo, there are many famous paintings. A microcosm in the palace keeps art and history safe for visitors to enjoy. A massive hall named Salone dei Cinquecento was built in 1494. It has paneled ceilings and walls decorated with frescoes, gold, and large statues. Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti were commissioned to paint two large murals on the walls.

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Arco della Pace

The Arco della Pace is located in Milan, Italy. It is also called the Arch of Peace. It was built in the early nineteenth century to celebrate peace between European nations that was reached in 1815.

The Arco della Pace was part of the “Foro Bonaparte” which was built like a Roman Forum to honor Napoleon’s victories.

The design of the Arco della Pace is very elaborate. It has a large passageway in the center with two smaller ones on each side. It is clad in elegant marble and has beautiful sculptures and columns.

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Cattedrale di Pisa

The Cattedrale di Pisa is a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in Pisa, Italy.

The cathedral is absolutely breathtaking. On the outside, it is decorated with bronze objects, marble of different colors, and mosaic work. 

The inside has a wooden ceiling with gold leaf paint. There is also a painting inside the dome which was done in honor of the Virgin in all her glory with the saints. The famous artwork was painted by two artist, Orazio and Girolamo Riminaldi.

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Basilica di San Lorenzo

Basilica di San Lorenzo is a large and beautiful church in Florence, Italy. It’s the burial place for the Medici family who were rich and powerful rulers in Italy. It was built outside of the city walls in the year 393. 

Inside the Basilica di San Lorenzo is a decoration and sculpture by the famous artist, Donatello.  There is also the Laurentian Library that was influenced by Michelangelo and the Old Sacristy by Bruenelleschi where church furnishings and vestments are kept. 

In the museum area, there is a crypt belonging to Donatello and the tomb of his close friend, Cosimo di Medici. The main part of the church has gorgeous arches and columns that stretch up to the ceiling for all to admire.

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Santa Maria delle Grazie

Santa Maria delle Grazie is a gothic church located in Milan. It is home to one of the most famous paintings in the world called “The Last Supper”. The talented artist Leonardo da Vinci painted the masterpiece between 1494 and 1498. The artwork represents the last dinner Jesus and his disciples shared together before Jesus’ crucifixion.

You will want to purchase tickets in advance if you want to see the painting. Visiting times and group sizes are limited.

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous sites in Italy. Each year over 1 million tourists come to Pisa to see the leaning bell tower.

Construction began in 1173 and was completed many years later in 1392. The tower is about 60 meters tall and has 296 steps going up to the top. It was one of the first circular buildings of its time. It weighs 15,000 tons. There are seven bells that ring in the tower which used to be rung for different occasions.

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Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore is the third largest church in the world. The Italian Gothic building was finished in the 15th century. It was built on the site of a 7th-century church – the remains of that church can be viewed in the crypt. 

The interior holds significant works of art, including impressive frescoes painted by Andrea del Castagno in 1456 and Paolo Ucello in 1436.

One of the most popular things to do in Florence is to climb to the top of the dome where you’ll be surrounded by lavish frescoes while taking in an awe-inspiring vista of the city’s endless red roofs.

 

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Ponte Vecchio

The oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio opened in 1345. A timeless symbol of the city, the original Roman crossing stood here as the only bridge over the Arno River until 1218. 

It’s easy to imagine the early residents of Florence bustling about Ponte Vecchio, with shops here since the 13th century, from fishmongers and tanners to butchers.

Ponte Vecchio is Florence’s only bridge that managed to survive World War II, with all the others bombed and destroyed.

Today, it’s a lively spot packed with tourists. If you arrive early, just before dawn, you can enjoy serene views over the river and a colorful sunrise without the crowds. After dark, the shops’ wooden shutters create a look of wooden chests and suitcases that make it especially inviting for an evening stroll.

 

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building is a 102-story tall skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan Constructed between 1930 and 1931, the structure cost more than $40 million dollars to construct, which today would amount to more than $534 million dollars.

It is one of the most famous pieces of Art Deco architecture in the United States, joining the Chrysler Building, in Chicago, as one of the most recognized Art Deco styled structures. The Empire State Building was the tallest man-made structure in the world from 1931 until 1970.

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Castello Sforzesco

Castello Sforzesco was built in 1450 by Francesco Sforza. He and his son Ludovico Sforza used it as their home. In 1526, the Spanish converted the caste into a fortress holding 1000 to 3000 men. When Italy was unified in the 19th century, it was no longer used by the military. The city of Milan took over ownership.  They restored much of the castle and have converted it into a museum.

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Duomo di Milano

The Duomo di Milano took 6 centuries to complete. It was constructed between 1386 to 1965 and dedicated to Santa Maria Nascente (The Nativity of Saint Mary). It is the largest basilica in Italy and the 3rd largest in Europe.

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Sacré-Coeur

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, known as Sacré-Coeur, is the second most visited monument in the city. Sacré-Coeur sits on the summit of Montemarte, the highest point in the city. From here, you can see all of Paris. The view from the top of the dome is second only to the Eiffel Tower.

The path through the park that goes up to Sacré-Coeur can be busy with vendors trying to sell you things. You will be approached by people selling bracelets and other crafts. Some of them can be very aggressive. It is best to talk to your kids about this before you go so you, and them, can be prepared when they try to stop you.

Tips: As you climb the path through the park up to Sacré-Coeur, you will be approached by people selling bracelets and other crafts. Some of them can be very aggressive. It is best to talk to your kids about this before you go so you, and them, can be prepared when they stop you.

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Sistine Chapel

Located in the Vatican Palace, the Sistine Chapel is a large 15th-century chapel where the Pope lives, and in which popes are chosen and crowned. One of the main attractions of the Vatican City, it serves as the pope’s own chapel, used for important ceremonies and masses, but it’s perhaps most famous for its remarkable fresco paintings by Renaissance artist Michelangelo. The ceiling is one of Michelangelo’s most famous works, created between 1508 and 1512, with the painter working from a high platform with his arms stretched over his head, brush in hand.

When entering the chapel, you can almost see him working while he wipes sweat from his eyes, toiling year after year often in intense heat, breathing in the terrible smell from the wet plaster used to create the masterpiece he never really wanted to paint in the first place. The artist considered himself more of a sculptor, with no experience painting frescoes – in fact, it’s been said that when he painted, he essentially painted sculpture on his surfaces. As you gaze up at the chapel ceiling, it’s easy to see this was the case, with his monumental figures embodying both beauty and strength.

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Old South Meeting House

The Old South Meeting House was built in 1729. It was used as a church and meeting point by the people of Boston. Its large size made it an ideal location for the massive public protests that took place from 1768 to 1775. There, Patriots and Loyalist would argue and debate the rules and regulations passed by the British Parliament.

The congregation had many famous members including Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American female poet, Samuel Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, and Benjamin Franklin when he was a little boy.

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Granary Burying Ground

The Granary Burying Ground is the 3rd oldest cemetery in Boston. Established in 1660, there are over 2300 grave markers and about 5000 people buried here including John Hancock, Paul Revere, and Samuel Adams.

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Park Street Church

The Park Street Church was built many years after the American Revolution in 1809. Over 200 years later, it is still an active congregation.

The Park Street Church was built in a style inspired by Christopher Wren. Its steeple is 217 feet tall, making it the tallest building in Boston until 1867 and the tallest in the United States until 1828.

In 1829, William Lloyd Garrison gave his anti slavery address from here. In 1831, Sunday school children performed America (My Country 'Tis of Thee) for the first time.

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Louvre

One of the top attractions in Paris, the Louvre is the largest, and arguably most impressive, art museum in the world. Its collection was first established in the 16th-century, as the private collection of King Francis I. One of his works was the famous Mona Lisa painting.

You can easily spend a full day here and not see everything. If your time is limited or you think your kids will get bored, then I recommend finding the things you want to see ahead of time and go in with a plan. You can cover a lot in an hour or two if you go early when the crowds are light.

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Vatican City

The Vatican is located in Rome, but it’s an independent state governed as an absolute monarch with the pope as the head of what is the world’s smallest country. Encircled with a two-mile border, it has its own militia to protect the pope, as well as 800 full-time citizens and temporary residents. Covering just over 100 acres, it’s only about one-eighth the size of Central Park in New York City. The name Vatican City was taken from Vatican Hill, first used in the Lateran Treaty which was signed in 1929 to establish the modern city-state.

Within the Vatican are a number of cultural and religious sites, including the stunning St. Peter’s Basilica that was built upon an earlier 4th-century church, completed in 1626 after 120 years of construction. It also hosts the Vatican Museums, a massive complex of museums and galleries showcasing elaborate frescoes, paintings, sculptures, classical antiquities and tapestries, as well as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The chapel is famous for its frescoes which include works by Botticelli, Perugino, Domenico Ghirlandaio, along with the ceiling and Last Judgment by Michelangelo.

The Vatican is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site, added in 1984. It remains the only one that is made up of an entire state. It prints its own stamps, mints its own euros, issues passports, and has its own anthem and flag. There is no taxation as souvenir sales, stamps and museum admission fees generate the Vatican’s revenue.

Tips: When visiting Vatican City, consider attending the Papal Audience on Wednesday mornings. If you plan ahead of time, you can reach out through your local church to receive tickets. The tickets get you into a closer section for better viewing. You'll still want to arrive early, usually around 8am, to get the best seats. The Papal Audience gives you a chance to see the Pope up close. We were lucky enough to sit within a few rows of Pope Francis during the Audience. After the Audience concluded, he walked around giving married couples a blessing. This allowed us to get even closer so we could get some great pictures. If you arrive later or don't have tickets, you can still see the Audience from further away. During the warmer months, the Audience takes place in St. Peter's Square which can be filled with thousands of people.

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Park Guell

Barcelona is famous for its grand architecture, which includes some impressive works by Antonio Gaudi, including Park Guell. 

Walking through Park Guell feels like a stroll through a real-life fairytale. From the entrance is the Dragon Stairway, an icon of the park with the famous dragon sculpture separating its three sections. At the top of the park is a terraced area for enjoying a jaw-dropping view of the park with the magnificent city serving as the backdrop.

The park can be very busy and only a limited number of guest are allowed to visit each hour. Make sure you purchase tickets ahead of time.

Tips: Make sure you purchase your tickets ahead of time. To manage the crowds, you purchase a specific time slot where you will be allowed into the park. You can purchase these tickets up to 3 months in advance of your visit.

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Monday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM

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Pantheon

The Pantheon is considered the most well-preserved and important building from ancient Rome. Initially built in 27 BC, it was dedicated to Romulus, the mythological founder of Ancient Rome and as a temple to all gods, - the word Pantheon means “honor all Gods.”

After being damaged by fire, it was rebuilt by the Romans in 125 AD which means that it’s now nearly 1,900 years old. The ancient Pantheon boasts the world’s single largest unsupported dome, measuring 142 feet in diameter and height. When great artist Michelangelo saw this wonder for the first time, he was said to have exclaimed that it looked “more like the work of angels, not humans.”

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Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:15 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:45 PM

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Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain is located in the Trevi district of Rome. Its origins date all the way back to 19 BC, when Marcus Agrippa, a Roman consul and lieutenant to Julius Caesar, commissioned an aqueduct to provide water for the baths he had built in the city. It was used to fill three fountains in Rome’s Via del Corso in the 12th century. While there were restorations and new aqueducts put in place here over the years, the fountain you see today was built in baroque style between 1732 and 1736, making it nearly 300 years old. The opulent masterpiece stands 85 feet high and is about 160 feet wide, as the city’s largest and most famous fountain.

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Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

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Sainte Chapelle

Sainte-Chapelle, or Holy Chapel, is a royal chapel located along the River Seine in Paris. The Sainte-Chapelle was built within the medieval Palais de la Cite, which was the residence of the King of France until the 14th century ended. 

During the French Revolution, much of the Sainte-Chapelle suffered damage. Most of the relics were dispersed throughout the country or were damaged and destroyed. Fortunately, about two-thirds of the original stained glass remain. If you're in Paris on a bright sunny day, the stained glass windows are amazing to see inside.

The cost is 10€ per person. Sometimes there is a short line to get in. Plan about 30 minutes for your visit.

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The stained glass windows are amazing to see on a bright, sunny day.

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Monday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

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Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London. It is a suspension bridge that was constructed between 1886 and 1894. The Bridge connects the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Southwark. The Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic symbols of London and sometimes gets confused with the London Bridge, which is more than a half a mile upstream.

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Monday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

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Space Needle

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Monday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

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American Falls

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Hours: Niagara Falls State Park is open year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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Mount Rushmore

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Monday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM

 

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Stonehenge

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Monday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM

 

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Royal Observatory

The Royal Observatory, or the Old Royal Observatory, is located in Greenwich along the River Thames. The Observatory is famous for sitting along the Prime Meridian, giving its name to Greenwich Mean Time (also known as Universal Time). For years, the Observatory has played a major role in the history of astronomy and navigation, and is currently number 000 (first on the list) among the International Astronomical Union.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Segovia Cathedral

The Segovia Cathedral is located in the main square of the city of Segovia in Spain. It is a massively large Gothic-style Catholic Church that is dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

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Monday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Friday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 9:30 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Alcazar of Segovia

The Alcazar of Segovia is one of the most recognizable castles in Spain because it is distinctly shaped like the bow of a ship.

Although the Alcazar was originally built as a fortress, it has since served as a royal palace, a state prison, an Artillery College, and a military academy. Most recently, the Alcazar has served as the Museum of the Royal College of Artillery.

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Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:30 PM

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Aqueduct of Segovia

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Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

 

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Hanging Houses of Cuenca

The Hanging Houses of Cuenca are located around 85 miles east of Madrid, Spain. Also known as the Casas Colgadas, these houses literally hang off the cliffs above the River Huecar. The houses are known as “rascacielos” which means skyscrapers, and at one point they were very common along the cliffs. Today, not many remain.

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Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

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Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor

The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, or the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is a Roman Catholic Church that sits on the summit of Mount Tibidabo. Although the Church is of Neo Gothic design, it is a relatively new church, opened and completed in 1961.

On the top of the church is a massive statue of Jesus Christ made from bronze and standing 23 feet tall.

If you visit on a nice day, you'll be welcomed by panoramic views of Barcelona. This is not the easiest location to get to. You can take a a combination of the funicular and the bus depending on how adventurous you are. We found that the bus from the funicular to the church to be crowded when we went. The buses were small and required an extended wait before we found one with room to get on. You will want to take a taxi there and back if you don't have much time. 

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Entry is free. It allows you to visit the crypt and the temple.

There is a 3,50 € per person fee to visit the terrace.

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Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 9:30 PM

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Telefónica Building

The Telefónica Building in Madrid, Spain is a 292-foot-tall skyscraper that was built in 1929. With 14 floors, it was the tallest building in Madrid until 1953 when it was overtaken by the Edificio España. The Telefónica Building was designed by architect Ignacio de Cárdenas who had studied under an American architect named Lewis S Weeks in New York City, New York. Much of the design of the Telefónica Building is American in style, but Cárdenas added churrigueresque design to the outside so that it blended in better with the other buildings in Madrid. Churrigueresque design is a style of Baroque architecture that is very elaborate and detailed.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

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Palacio Real de Madrid

The Palacio Real de Madrid, or the Royal Palace of Madrid, is the official home of the Spanish Royal Family in the city of Madrid, Spain. Although the very large house is the royal family’s official home, King Felipe VI and his family do not live there today. The Royal Palace of Madrid is owned by the Spanish State and is used only for state ceremonies. The Palace is very big, with more than 1.45 million square feet of space and has 3,418 rooms. It is the largest royal palace in all of Europe!

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The Changing of the Guard is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays (except July, August, and September) from 11am to 2pm

On the first Wednesday of each month (except January, August, and September) is the Solemn Changing of the Guard which occurs at noon and last for 50 minutes.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic Church and Basilica that is mostly unfinished. The Basilica is an active construction site and has been in the process of being built since 1882. It is estimated that the building structure will be completed in 2026 and the decorations by 2032.

Today, you can visit the completed portions of the structure. These areas include the Nave, the Crypt, the Museum, the Gift Shop, and two of the towers (Passion and Nativity). Although the original structure was completely funded by private patron donations, today the construction of the church is paid for by ticket sales to the site. You should purchase tickets in advance to book the day and time that matches your travel schedule.

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November to February,
9 am to 6 pm

March,
9 am to 7 pm

April to September,
9 am to 8 pm

October,
9 am to 7 pm

December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm

Sale of tickets finishes 30 minutes before closing time.

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Colosseum

The Colosseum is a large oval amphitheater in the city of Rome. The structure is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and was built between 70 and 80 AD under the Roman emperor Vespasian and finished under Emperor Titus. 

The Colosseum is huge, and was estimated to have been able to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people when it was still active. The space was used for battles between gladiators, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and even as a large stage to put on Classical mythology plays. 

Tips: Consider booking a private guided tour. This will allow you to skip the lines and, in my experience, was a much more enjoyable way to learn about the history of the Colosseum.

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Monday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday: 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM

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Monet's Garden

Monet's Garden's are a short day trip from Paris. If you're going to visit, be sure to go in the spring or early summer when many of the flowers are blooming. Bus trips are available but I recommend taking the train to the Vernon-Giverny station (about 45 minute ride on the faster trains). From there, you can take a taxi or rent some bikes to get to the gardens. It's an easy bike ride on a flat path. The distance from Vernon to Giverny is about 3 miles (5km).

Tips:

  • Bike rentals are available next to the train station when you arrive in Vernon
  • Train travel times can vary. Make sure you select one with fewer stops to minimize your travel time.

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Betsy Ross House

The Betsy Ross House is believed to be the location where Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. Known as the “Birthplace of Old Glory”, the house that stands there today was in very rough shape in the 1930s. In 1937, a radio mogul named A. Atwater Kent helped to have the house restored so that it could be brought back to its original glory. In 1941, Kent offered the house to the City of Philadelphia as a present so that it could become a museum and tribute to Betsy Ross.

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Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Carpenter's Historic Hall

Carpenter’s Hall is located in an area known today as the U.S. Historic District. The Carpenter’s House started construction in 1770 and wasn’t finished for five years. It was built to be the Meeting Hall for the Carpenter’s Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, which is the oldest craft guild in the United States. The hall became the location of the First Continental Congress in 1774, where British Colonial citizens first met to discuss the potential of becoming an independent nation.

It was in Carpenter’s Hall that the First Continental Congress decided to bar the import of slaves to the colonies, and to discontinue the slave trade within the colonies. During the Revolutionary War, Carpenter’s Hall was used as a hospital by both British and American soldiers. After the war, in 1791, the first floor of the building was used as the First Bank of the United States under Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

B. Free Franklin Post Office

The B. Free Franklin Post Office and Museum is the only colonial-themed post office still operated by the United States Postal Service. It was founded by Benjamin Franklin when he served as Postmaster General. The post clerks who work in the B. Free Franklin Post Office have to wear Colonial-style clothing, and they aren’t allowed to use ballpoint pens. Instead, they have to use quills in inkwells.

If you go inside the B. Free Franklin Post Office today you will see may postal artifacts, including figurines and photographs.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Old North Bridge

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Hours: The grounds of Minute Man National Historical Park are open sunrise to sunset. Parking lot gates close promptly at sunset.

 

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Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is located about 12 miles away from Paris, France, in Versailles. This palace was the home of the Kings and Queens of France from 1682 until the start of the French Revolution in 1789.

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  • There can be long lines for tickets in the morning. if the lines are long, consider walk the gardens and park first and come back for tickets to view the inside of the Palace later. The grounds behind the palace are amazing and can easily take a half day or more to visit.
  • There is a restaurant in the park next to the canal. This is a nice place to sit and take in the beautiful surroundings.
  • Row boats can be rented on the canal and can be a fun activity to do with the family

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM

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Alcatraz

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Sunday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Wednesday 8:45 AM - 6:15 PM
Thursday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:45 AM - 8:30 PM

 

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Walnut Canyon National Monument

Learn about the Sinagua people who called Walnut Canyon home for 800 years ago. There is a museum onsite but the highlight of the visit is the loop trail that takes you down into the canyon. Once in the canyon, you'll get up close with the dwellings built into the canyon to shelter the community from the weather. The loop is a mile long and it does require climbing many sets of stairs. If stairs aren't your thing, you can still view the canyon and some of the dwellings from the top but you'll be missing out on what makes this park fun to visit.

Tips: I'd recommend visiting the canyon if you have kids that don't mind climbing a lot of stairs. The path in is easy as you're climbing down several flights of stairs but once you complete the loop, you'll need to climb back up and that could be tough for smaller kids. My kids were 9 and 12 when we visited and they handled it fine. My daughter even challenged me to a race back up. We were pretty tired once we reached the top, and yes, she won.

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Juliette Gordon Low House

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Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

 

Temple Mickve Israel

The Temple Mickve Israel is a Jewish synagogue located in Savannah, GA’s historic district. It is one of the few examples of a gothic style synagogue in the United States and is the home of the third oldest Jewish congregation in the country.

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Hours: Tours run from 10am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe provides great views of the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, and the surrounding city. It is worth seeing Paris from this vantage point. There is a small museum located near the top where you can take a quick break from your climb. Once rested, head to one more set of stairs to get outside to see a 360 degree view of the city. There is a nice photo opportunity here where you can get a picture with Eiffel Tower in the background. Don't forget to explore the outside of the arch when you're back down at ground level. The detail in the construction is amazing. The tomb of the unknown soldier is also located under the arch.

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  • Be prepared to climb many stairs to get to the top. A lift is available for those who need it.
  • Make sure you use the pedestrian tunnels. Do not try to cross the roundabout. Many people do which is very dangerous. Instead, use one of the tunnels located on the Champs Élysées and the Avenue de la Grande Armée. You will find a stairway down to the tunnel from each of these streets.
  • Tickets can be purchased inside the tunnel.

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Monday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

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Notre Dame

The Notre Dame de Paris is also called the Notre Dame Cathedral. Its name really means Our Lady of Paris. It took almost 200 years for the church to be completely built. The groundbreaking took place in 1163 and it wasn’t finished until 1345, more than 650 years ago. It is one of the most well-known churches in the entire world and is very much admired by architects.

Unfortunately, a recent fire has destroyed much of the cathedral. You'll still want to walk by this magnifisent building as you explore the city.

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On April 15, 2019, Notre Dame was severely damaged by a fire. You will not be able to visit the inside of the cathedral.

We hope that one day Notre Dame will open once again and that it can return to its former glory.

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Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church Burial Ground is an early-American cemetery that is also the final resting ground of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. Christ Church cemetery belongs to Christ Church, an Episcopal church, located in downtown Philadelphia. Christ Church was founded in 1695 and in the time before and during the American Revolutionary War was the church where many famous participants of the war effort practiced their faith, including George Washington.

Another prominent name in American history buried in Christ Church burial ground is Benjamin Rush. Not only was Benjamin Rush a signer of Declaration of Independence, he is also considered to be the father of "American Psychiatry". In 1773, Also buried there is Commodore William Bainbridge, who became very well known during the War of 1812 as the captain of “Old Ironsides”, the USS Constitution.

Today Christ Church is available for visitors to Philadelphia to go and see for a small fee. The burial site of Benjamin Franklin is visible from the street. One of the most popular things to do when visiting Benjamin Franklin’s grave site is to leave pennies.

Tips:

  • $1 Children (ages 5-12)
  • $3 Adults

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Monday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM

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Independence Hall

Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the most important buildings in American history. It is the building where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. Today it is part of Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia and is visited by more than 500,000 people each year.

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Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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Old North Church

Old North Church is in the North End section of Boston. It is where the famous signal known as “One if by land, two if by sea” was carried out during the American Revolutionary War. Old North Church is the oldest standing church still in Boston today, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also Boston’s most visited historic site.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

The Paul Revere House

The Paul Revere House was the home of silversmith and Patriot Paul Revere. The house was built in 1680 and is the oldest house in downtown Boston. 

Paul Revere is an American Patriot who was a member of the secretive group known as the Sons of Liberty. He is most well-known for his Midnight Ride on horseback just before the battles of Lexington and Concord at the start of the American Revolutionary War. 

Today, you can walk through his home and see what life was like in Boston in the 1700's. Learn more about Paul Revere, his family, and his importance in the colonists' fight for independence.

 

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock is situated along the water in Plymouth. This is a nice area for a walk on a sunny day. There are some shops and restaurants to visit nearby. Plymouth Rock itself is not worth your time but If you're in the area then make a stop.

 

Plymouth Rock is just a large rock protected under a roof. The rock itself isn't very interesting but it can be fun to see where some of the English Pilgrims first landed in America.

Tips: Visiting Plymouth Rock will only take a few minutes. Before visiting, considere including other nearby attractions such as Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II.

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Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours

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USS Constitution

The USS Constitution is a wooden navy ship that is located today in Charlestown, Massachusetts. It was originally launched in 1797 and was named by George Washington after the American Constitution. She was one of six ships that had been paid for by the American Government to help fight against pirates. The USS Constitution was built in Boston and the metal bolts and copper pieces were made by Paul Revere. 

Today, the USS Constitution is the oldest warship on the water. It has been floating in the Charlestown Naval Harbor in Boston since 1934 and thousands of people go to visit her each year.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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The Boston Tea Party

On December 16, 1773, a group of 116 men, led by the Sons of Liberty, went down to Boston Harbor where the 3 East India Company ships were docked and dumped their cargo into the water. British Parliament passed the Intolerable Acts as punishment. Instead of complying with the new laws, the Constitutional Congress was created to protest them. A few months later, in April 1775, the American Revolution would begin.

Today, you can visit the museum and relive this time in history.

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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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The Battle of Bunker Hill

The Battle of Bunker Hill is one of the most famous battles of the American Revolutionary War. The Battle of Bunker Hill took place in June of 1775, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. 

Although the British won the Battle of Bunker Hill, they had more casualties than the Americans, giving the Continental Army a confidence boost. General George Washington took over the command of the Continental Army two weeks later and brought with him enough cannon and heavy guns to drive the British out of Boston in March of 1776.

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Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known landmarks in the world. Any stop to Paris should start here. Your kids will love seeing the tower up close and the view from the top is fantastic. The tower is over 1000 feet tall but the surrounding buildings are limited to 121 feet. This gives you the feeling of being on top of the world as the city spreads out all around you.

You should purchase tickets ahead of time, especially on weekends. If you don't mind climbing stairs, consider skipping the long elevator lines and getting a very unique perspective of tower by climbing up to the second floor. 

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  • Book your tickets in advance if you plan or need to take the elevator. This will save you a lot of extra time, as lines to buy tickets can be very long.
  • If you're kids are older and more adventurous then consider taking the stairs. There is usually no wait and you get a unique perspective of the tower. If you don't want to walk all the way to the top, you can buy tickets for the elevator when you get to the second deck.
  • Consider making two trips to the Eiffel Tower if you have time. Once during daylight hours and another in the evening to see why Paris is often referred to as the "City of Lights".

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The Lincoln Memorial

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White House

The White House, in America’s capital city of Washington D.C., is the home and office of the President of the United States. It has been the home of every president since 1800, so the first president, George Washington, did not live there. George Washington did not know what kind of house should be built for the president, so Thomas Jefferson suggested a contest. The contest was advertised in newspapers around the country, and George Washington picked a simple but classic design by an Irish man named James Hoban. The crews started building in 1792 and it took 8 years to finish. John Adams, and the first lady Abigail, moved into the house in 1800. Because the house is made of sandstone, it wasn’t white yet, but was a grey color instead.

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  • Plan ahead. If you want to tour the White House you must submit a request through a Member of Congress. This should be done no later than 3 weeks from your tour date.
  • There is limited space so start early. You can submit your request up to 3 months in advance.

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Self-guided tours are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (excluding federal holidays or unless otherwise noted)

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Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is seen by many people as being the symbol of American independence from Great Britain. The Liberty Bell is famous for a couple of reasons, and it is easy to recognize because it is cracked. When the Declaration of Independence was read out loud to the people of Philadelphia on July 8th of 1776, the Liberty Bell was one of the many bells that were rung in celebration.

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  • There is no admission fee to go in and see the bell.
  • The line to get in usually moves quickly. There is a security check you need to go through when you enter the building

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Old State House

The Old State House in Boston, is where the Declaration of Independence was read, on July 18th of 1776, to happy crowds of people from the eastern balcony. The Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston, and today is a museum for people can go and visit to learn more about Boston’s history during the American Revolutionary War.

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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The Statue is seen by many people to be the symbol of freedom, and as a welcoming sign to immigrants who came to the United States looking for a better life.

Lady Liberty was built by a man named Gustave Eiffel, who also built the Eiffel tower in Paris, France. The Statue of Liberty came over to the United States in pieces. The head and the torch were finished first, and these two parts were shown in Philadelphia and other cities before being put together with the rest of the statue. She was unveiled and dedicated by President Grover Cleveland, who had been the governor of New York, in 1886.

The statue has had some changes over the years to help keep it protected. One of the biggest changes was in 1984 when the original torch was removed and a new torch was added. The new torch is copper with gold to reflect the sun.

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