Oxford is a "baffling jumble of structures . . . with no obvious center to them," says the author.

Among the Spires

Between medieval and modern, Oxford seeks equilibrium

The real thrill of Pompeii is that the most mundane aspects of ancient Roman life have been preserved for centuries beneath fine-grained volcanic ash.

28 Places to See Before You Die—the Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon and More

We've traveled the globe and compiled a "life list" of places to visit before taking the ultimate trip to the great beyond

Mesa Verde

In the Cliffs of Mesa Verde

Climb into the Colorado cliff dwellings and imagine what life was like for the Ancestral Pueblo Indians who lived there


A Glimpse of Old Pompeii

Preserved under the volcanic ash from Mount Vesuvius are the everyday goings-on of ancient Roman life


The Mystery of Tikal

An ancient Mayan city, once hidden by overgrown jungle, evokes a childlike sense of wonder


Guarding Petra

Balancing tourist access and the preservation of the sandstone city may be a tough call

Yangtze River

Navigating the Yangtze River

Dubbed “the wildest, wickedest river,” this 4,000-mile-long waterway has played a major role in Chinese civilization

The Pyramids of Giza

Ponder the Pyramids of Giza

The ongoing debate about how the pyramids were built is a testament to the brilliance of its makers

Taj Mahal

Restoring the Taj Mahal

This year, millions of tourists will visit the marble monument—and the Indian government is restoring it for millions more

Easter Island

The Statues of Easter Island

A riddle of engineering hasn't stopped archaeologists from debating how the giant carved stones were transported around the island

The Great Wall

Sizing Up the Great Wall

Almost too big to comprehend, the 4,500-mile wall has a lore of its own


The Architectural Wonders of Bagan

Nearly a thousand years after the Burmese kingdom was formed, visitors enjoy panoramic views of the sprawling city

Aurora Borealis

Gaze at the Aurora Borealis

One of the best reasons to head to Canada for vacation is to catch the beautiful Northern Lights


Join the Migration in the Serengeti

Hordes of wildlife travel 300 miles across the “land of endless space” in the largest migration on Earth

Iguazu Falls

An Illuminated View of Iguazu Falls

A series of 200 separate waterfalls, Iguazu is best viewed when the river is high and the moon is full

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu’s Ancient Beauty

The “lost city of the Incas” has captivated visitors with its magnificent setting and detailed stonework

The Louvre

The Louvre’s Priceless Masterpieces

Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo are just two of the works housed within the walls of this fortress-turned-royal palace-turned-museum

Zen Garden of Kyoto

The Tranquil Zen Garden of Kyoto

With Zen rocks strategically placed in carefully raked white sand, the Ryoan-ji garden evokes peace and beauty

One of the "seven wonders" of the ancient world, Ephesus was almost four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens.

Exploring Ancient Ephesus

Ruled over the centuries by Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, there is much to see of the city’s former splendor

Angkor Wat

The Grandeur of Angkor Wat

The 12th century temple is the worlds largest religious structure and a jewel of Khmer architectural style

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