Remembering JFK

JFK, the name conjures the days of Camelot. Relive the life of America’s youngest elected president and see the worldwide memorials that followed John F. Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

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In 1963, nearly 300,000 protestors headed to the nation's capital for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was a step in the right direction for passing the Civil Rights Act of1964. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his memorable 'I Have a Dream' speech at this spot on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963. 960 1280

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On March 30, 1965, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King led protestors in a march from Selma, AL, to the capitol in Montgomery to fight for black voting rights. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. slept in Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, on the night before he was assassinated while standing on the hotel's balcony in 1968. 960 1280

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The Lorraine Motel is now home to the National Civil Rights Museum, which chronicles the civil rights movement and provides opportunities to learn more about peace and justice in our world. 960 1280

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Visitors pay their respects to Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King at the crypt at the King Center in Atlanta. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. was the pastor at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage in Montgomery, AL, between 1954 and 1960. Today, you can take a tour of the church and parsonage, both National Historic Landmarks. 960 1280

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Two great civil rights leaders are celebrated at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Detroit. 960 1280

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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati celebrates our country's civil rights heroes from the days of slavery and the Underground Railroad to modern times. 960 1280

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In 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American woman, refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. This action rocked the country and sparked another battle in the war for civil rights. Today, the public can step on the bus where it all began at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. 960 1280

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The Rosa Parks Museum tells the tale of the 'victory ride' and the 381-day boycott of the Montgomery bus system that happened after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus. 960 1280

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Rosa Parks passed away in 2005 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. 960 1280

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Martin Luther King Jr. preached about nonviolence and peace from the pulpit of the original Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which was across the street from the new sanctuary on the grounds of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. 960 1280

  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

In October 2011, after more than 2 decades of planning, the MLK Memorial opened in Washington, DC. Critics were unhappy with “drum major” quote abbreviation (pictured); the Department of Interior has since announced the quote will be removed. 960 1280

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Delaware, Caesar Rodney Statue
Delaware, Caesar Rodney Statue

Delaware, Caesar Rodney Statue

This statue of Delaware’s most cherished patriot stands in downtown Wilmington, DE. On July 1, 1776, Caesar Rodney rode horseback to Philadelphia -- the very next day, the American lawyer and politician from Dover, DE, cast a crucial vote that paved the way for the passage of the Declaration of Independence. 960 1280

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Pennsylvania, Liberty Bell

Pennsylvania, Liberty Bell

This iconic symbol of American independence carries the words, “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” Historians believe the copper bell was one of many bells rung to mark the public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 8, 1776. 960 1280

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New Jersey, Atlantic City

New Jersey, Atlantic City

The Atlantic City Boardwalk was the first boardwalk in America. It opened in June 1870 to help hotel owners keep sand out of their lobbies. Today, the boardwalk lures many visitors on the way to one of the area's many casinos … and to a confectioner's stand for the boardwalk’s famous salt water taffy.  960 1280

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Georgia, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Georgia, Ebenezer Baptist Church

A great leader was born here. Before he ever became America’s leading civil rights leader, Martin Luther King’s moral conscience was shaped at Ebenezer Baptist Church. 960 1280

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Connecticut, Mystic Seaport

Connecticut, Mystic Seaport

The Mystic Seaport was one of the first living history museums in America, having opened in 1929. Spanning nearly 20 acres, the museum showcases a recreated 19th-century coastal village with more than 60 historic buildings, as well as a collection of historic ships -- including 4 that are National Historic Landmarks. 960 1280

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Massachusetts, Plymouth Rock

Massachusetts, Plymouth Rock

Legend has it that the Pilgrims first landed upon a boulder -- it came to be known as Plymouth Rock. That enduring symbol of America’s early history now sits under this granite canopy, built in 1921, at Pilgrim Memorial State Park.  960 1280

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Maryland, Fort McHenry

Maryland, Fort McHenry

The star-shaped Fort McHenry was built to defend the port of Baltimore against enemy attack. That moment came in September 1814 when the British continuously bombarded the fort for 25 hours. American forces successfully defended Baltimore Harbor -- a move that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 960 1280

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South Carolina, Fort Sumter

South Carolina, Fort Sumter

In the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Confederate forces opened fire on Fort Sumter. They fired continuously for the next 34 hours, setting off the Civil War. It would take nearly 4 years for Union forces to regain control of the fort. 960 1280

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New Hampshire, Mt. Washington Cog Railway

New Hampshire, Mt. Washington Cog Railway

In 1857, a man named Sylvester Marsh was climbing New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington when he got the idea to build a railway up the mountain. He put up $5,000 of his own money to fund what would become the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. Today, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway is the second steepest rack railway in the world, behind Mt. Pilatus Railway in Switzerland. 960 1280

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Virginia, Monticello

Virginia, Monticello

Monticello stands as an enduring symbol of America’s third president and his genius. Thomas Jefferson designed his Monticello estate in Charlottesville, VA, to embrace both old and new thinking: classical features such as pedimented porticos, mix with sophisticated interior spatial organization and low elevation, borrowed from 18th-century Parisian townhouse designs. 960 1280

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New York, Statue of Liberty

New York, Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty was the first landmark that many immigrants to the United States saw as they approached New York Harbor. A gift from the people of France, the iconic figure represents the Roman goddess of freedom. In one hand she bears a torch, in the other a tablet upon which is inscribed the date of the Declaration of Independence. 960 1280

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North Carolina, Wright Brothers Memorial

North Carolina, Wright Brothers Memorial

Steady winds lured Ohio brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright to Kill Devil Hills, NC, between 1900 and 1903. Their vision was to fly a heavier-than-air machine. The Wright Brothers National Memorial marks that successful effort -- attained on Dec. 17, 1903, following 3 years of trial and error. 960 1280

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Rhode Island, Breakers Mansion

Rhode Island, Breakers Mansion

When American millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt was looking to build a summer home, he got his wish with The Breakers. Built in 1893, the 70-room mansion in Newport, RI, sits on 13 acres of land overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It came with a cool price tag: $12 million (today, the equivalent of $335 million). 960 1280

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Vermont, Camel’s Hump

Vermont, Camel’s Hump

The distinctive silhouette of Camel’s Hump stands in the background of this rural scene. The third-highest mountain (and highest undeveloped peak) in Vermont, Camel’s Hump is part of the Green Mountain range. It’s also featured on the state quarter.   960 1280

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Kentucky, Kentucky Derby

Kentucky, Kentucky Derby

Every first Saturday in May, Louisville, KY, is home to the “Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports.” The Kentucky Derby marks the annual stakes race for 3-year-old thoroughbreds, which race around a 1 1/4-mile track. The tradition began in May 1875, when the first Derby was held before a crowd of 10,000 people. 960 1280

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Tennessee, Ryman Auditorium

Tennessee, Ryman Auditorium

The Grand Ole Opry was born here. First opened as a church, Ryman Auditorium was later used to broadcast the famed country music stage concert series from 1943 to 1974. In subsequent years, Ryman fell into disrepair, until performances by country singer Emmylou Harris here sparked renewed interest in the space. Today, the 2,362-seat live performance venue hosts a variety of music performances. 960 1280

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Ohio, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Ohio, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The quiet shores of Ohio’s Lake Erie are home to rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest celebration: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Located in Cleveland, the museum preserves the work of rock’s most influential artists and producers through exhibits that span 5 floors -- the museum’s third floor showcases the Hall of Fame and includes a wall with all the inductees’ signatures. 960 1280

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Louisiana, Oak Alley Plantation

Louisiana, Oak Alley Plantation

By the banks of the Mississippi River stands Oak Alley Plantation -- so named because of the double row of 300-year-old oak trees that sit alongside each side of the path leading to the mansion. Designed in the spirit of French Creole architecture, the plantation home was built between 1837 and 1839 for a wealthy sugar planter of the day. 960 1280

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Indiana, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indiana, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

In 1905, Indianapolis businessman Carl Fisher envisioned building a speedway to test cars before they went to market. Four years later, ground was broken -- and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was born. Since that time, the speedway has been the site of 248 automobile races -- and sees crowds of more than 400, 000 people in what is the world’s highest-capacity stadium facility. 960 1280

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Mississippi, Blues Trail

Mississippi, Blues Trail

There’s just something about Mississippi -- more blues singers have come from state than all the other Southern states combined. The Mississippi Blues Trail, which extends from the border of Louisiana into southern Mississippi (and beyond, into Memphis, TN, and Chicago) honors many blues legends, such as B.B. King. Follow the trail to Tupelo, MS -- the birthplace of Elvis Presley. 960 1280

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Illinois, Willis Tower

Illinois, Willis Tower

When the 108-story Willis Tower was completed in 1973 it became the world’s tallest building -- a distinction it held for 25 years. Today, the skyscraper still stands as the tallest building in America. More than 1 million people visit its observation deck each year, taking in views of the Chicago skyline. 960 1280

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Alabama, The Selma Bridge

Alabama, The Selma Bridge

Visitors walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL. Built in 1940 -- and named after a former Confederate brigadier general -- the arch bridge later became the site of Bloody Sunday, the day in March 1965 when 600 civil rights marchers were attacked by police with billy clubs and tear gas.  960 1280

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Maine, Portland Head Light

Maine, Portland Head Light

In 1787, George Washington ordered the construction of this lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Two people had died that same year in a shipwreck, a tragedy heightened by the lack of lighthouses on Maine’s rocky coast. Today, the lighthouse remains a towering beacon, standing 80 feet above ground.  960 1280

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Missouri, Gateway Arch

Missouri, Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch celebrates America’s westward expansion. At 630 feet (taller than the Washington Monument), it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States. The monument opened to the public in 1967. An accompanying underground visitor center opened in 1976. 960 1280

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Arkansas, Buffalo National River

Arkansas, Buffalo National River

Flowing nonstop for 135 miles, Arkansas’s Buffalo National River is one of the last undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. It was named the first National River, under the oversight of the National Park Service, in 1972. The river is popular for fishing, canoeing and camping; it’s also a great place to take a summertime plunge. 960 1280

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Michigan, The Henry Ford Museum

Michigan, The Henry Ford Museum

Discover America’s entrepreneurial spirit at The Henry Ford, a large indoor-outdoor history museum complex in metro Detroit. Opened in 1929 -- on the 50th anniversary of the lightbulb’s invention -- the museum’s exhibits span historic artifacts (such as Thomas Edison’s laboratory) to classic Americana like these famous double arches. 960 1280

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Florida, Kennedy Space Center

Florida, Kennedy Space Center

Midway between Miami and Jacksonville, FL, dreams of outer space take flight. The Kennedy Space Center has been the launch site of every US human space flight since 1968. At the KSC Visitors Complex discover the thrill of takeoff with a Shuttle Launch Experience, a motion control ride that simulates a shuttle launch. 960 1280

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Texas, The Alamo

Texas, The Alamo

The Alamo is the most enduring symbol of Texas independence. In 1836, Mexican forces waged a 13-day battle on the grounds of a former church. In the end, Mexican forces killed 190 men, including frontiersman Davy Crockett. Soon the battle cry “Remember the Alamo” led Texas forces to victory at the battle of San Jacinto -- a move that secured Texas’s independence.  960 1280

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Iowa, High Trestle Trail Bridge

Iowa, High Trestle Trail Bridge

Take in the awe-inspiring view of the Des Moines River Valley from the High Trestle Trail Bridge. The bridge is located in central Iowa near the town of Madrid, and is the centerpiece of a 25-mile trail that runs from the cities of Ankeny to Woodward. At 2,300 feet long and 13 stories tall, it is the fifth largest trail bridge in the world. 960 1280

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Wisconsin, Taliesin

Wisconsin, Taliesin

Taliesin, located near Spring Green, WI, was the summer home of the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. It was where he designed the architecture of Fallingwater and the Guggenheim, among others. 960 1280

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California, Golden Gate Bridge

California, Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge has been called the most “beautiful bridge in the country, if not the world.” So just why isn’t the bridge golden? The term “Golden Gate” actually refers to the Golden Gate Strait, which is the entry point to the San Francisco Bay from the Pacific Ocean. As for the bridge’s color -- it’s International Orange, a color that’s often used in the aerospace industry to distinguish objects from their surroundings … in the bridge’s case, visibility on foggy days. 960 1280

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Minnesota, Headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itacsa

Minnesota, Headwaters of the Mississippi River at Lake Itacsa

At Lake Itasca in Minnesota, the Mississippi River begins its flow toward Louisiana. The Mississippi’s headwaters are surrounded by the picturesque woods of the Itasca State Park. 960 1280

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Oregon, Crater Lake

Oregon, Crater Lake

Distinguished by its clarity and deep blue color, Crater Lake in southern Oregon has a violent past. A caldera lake, it was formed when the volcano Mount Mazama collapsed.  960 1280

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Kansas, Dodge City

Kansas, Dodge City

“Get out of Dodge” -- that popular phrase owes its origins to the wild frontier town of Dodge City, KS. The town’s roots stretch back to 1871, when a rancher built a sod house in the area to oversee his cattle operations. Soon the town grew – and so did the violence. Wyatt Earp, one of the toughest and deadliest gunmen of his day, became marshal of the town in 1876 -- with gun-slinging exploits that earned the town national attention.  960 1280

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West Virginia's 150th

West Virginia's 150th

The Mountain State marks its 150th anniversary in 2013. In June 1863, at the height of the Civil War, an expanse of land in the Appalachian Mountain range broke away from the state of Virginia, becoming the only state to form by seceding from the Confederacy. Among West Virginia’s must-see sites is the New River Gorge, a 3,030-foot-long steel arch bridge near Fayetteville, WV. 960 1280

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Nevada, Las Vegas Strip

Nevada, Las Vegas Strip

The Strip -- a lot of action happens along this 4.2-mile stretch of Vegas. The Strip runs from Sahara Avenue to Russell Road, with famous resorts and casinos, plus 15 of the world’s 25 largest hotels, in between. 960 1280

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Nebraska, Chimney Rock

Nebraska, Chimney Rock

“Pack your wagon” and discover one of the wonders of the West. At 4,226 above sea level, Chimney Rock in western Nebraska is visible for miles -- which is why it was the perfect landmark for pioneering travelers on the Oregon Trail. In fact, it was the landmark mentioned most frequently in journal entries by travelers of the day. 960 1280

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Colorado, Colorado National Monument

Colorado, Colorado National Monument

Millions of years of erosion went into making the vibrant, orange, slick walls and canyons of Colorado National Monument.  Spanning 20,500 acres, the monument is composed of deep canyons that cut into sandstone and granite in the desert on the Colorado Plateau. Red-tailed hawks, golden eagles and coyotes live among the juniper forests on the plateau. 960 1280

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North Dakota, Painted Canyon

North Dakota, Painted Canyon

In September 1883 future US president Theodore Roosevelt visited the North Dakota Badlands to hunt bison. He soon fell in love with the “perfect freedom” of the West. Discover this world of flat desert mixed with petrified wood and rock formations at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park -- its Painted Canyon Overlook offers visitors unparalleled vistas in a myriad colors. 960 1280

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South Dakota, Mount Rushmore

South Dakota, Mount Rushmore

In 1923 South Dakota historian Doane Robinson envisioned carving the likenesses of US presidents into South Dakota’s Black Hills region. It took 14 years and 400 workers to complete Mount Rushmore, with the likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln intricately carved into the granite. Today, Mount Rushmore is South Dakota’s top tourist draw. 960 1280

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Montana, Wild Goose Island in St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

Montana, Wild Goose Island in St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park features a small island in its center called Wild Goose Island. Folklore surrounds its name -- the story goes that 2 young lovers met on the island where they were turned into geese … and so given the chance to stay together forever and flee their disapproving tribes.  960 1280

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Washington, Space Needle

Washington, Space Needle

Seattle’s Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. It features an observation deck at 520 feet and a rotating restaurant (at 500 feet) that offers diners 360-degree views of the city. 960 1280

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Idaho, Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Idaho, Middle Fork of the Salmon River

Middle Fork of the Salmon River spans 110 miles, and includes 300 ratable rapids and 6 natural hot springs, making it a popular whitewater rafting destination. 960 1280

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Wyoming, Old Faithful

Wyoming, Old Faithful

Two-thirds of the world’s geysers are located at Yellowstone National Park -- among the park’s 300 geysers, Old Faithful is its most famous. In 1870, Old Faithful became the first geyser in Yellowstone to be named, earning its name due to its predictable eruptions every 91 minutes.  960 1280

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Utah, Salt Lake Temple

Utah, Salt Lake Temple

The largest Mormon temple, Salt Lake Temple took 40 years to complete. The cornerstone was laid by Brigham Young, the second president of the Mormon Church and founder of Salt Lake City. 960 1280

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Oklahoma, Oklahoma City National Memorial

Oklahoma, Oklahoma City National Memorial

 The Oklahoma City National Memorial honors all who were affected by the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The memorial includes a reflecting pool, field of empty chairs, survivors’ wall and survivor tree. The eastern gate, seen here, represents the last minute of peace before the bombing. 960 1280

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New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park

New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico contains the most expansive collection of ancient pueblos and ruins north of Mexico. 960 1280

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Arizona, Havasupai Falls

Arizona, Havasupai Falls

In the midst of the Arizona heat, Havasupai Falls offers a relaxing swimming hole -- making it the perfect place to cool off in the Grand Canyon. 960 1280

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Alaska, Mt. McKinley

Alaska, Mt. McKinley

The highest mountain peak in the United States, Mount McKinley in Alaska is regularly climbed with 58% of climbers reaching the top. 960 1280

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Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

Hawaii, USS Arizona Memorial

Situated on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, the USS Arizona Memorial straddles the sunken hull of the battleship, marking the final resting place of 1,102 soldiers who were killed on that fateful attack that led to the United States’ involvement in World War II.   960 1280

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Dome of the Rock
Dome of the Rock

Dome of the Rock

Women ascend the steps to the Dome of the Rock. Built more than 1,300 years ago, the shrine stands as Islam’s third-holiest site. Competing religious beliefs make it the world’s most hotly debated piece of land. At its center is the Foundation Stone -- the spot where believers say Mohammad ascended to heaven; and where, for Jewish believers, the ancient Temple’s Holy of Holies stood. 960 1280

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Old City of Jerusalem

Old City of Jerusalem

A mix of old and new architecture, the big standout of the Jerusalem skyline is the golden roof of the Dome of the Rock. Over the millennia the city has fallen under various hands (Jewish, Babylonian, Roman, Christian, Muslim); its current walls were built in the 1500s by Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Naturally, with so many competing histories, fueled by impassioned belief, the question of who owns what is never far behind. 960 1280

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Jerusalem's Best Hummus?

Jerusalem's Best Hummus?

You decide at Abu Shurki. This “hummusiyya” (hummus restaurant), located at the intersection of Via Dolorosa and al-Wad road in East Jerusalem, has been operating as a family business for the past 6 decades. Its hummus has been praised by locals and international media alike for being some of the city's best. 960 1280

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Ben Yehuda Street

Ben Yehuda Street

In the heart of downtown Jerusalem, Ben Yehuda is the major street to see. Closed to vehicles, the street is home to souvenir shops, pizzerias, cafes and street musicians -- like this man, jamming to the beat of his spiritual hero, the 18th-century Nachman of Breslov, of Ukraine. The street itself is named for Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the founder of Modern Hebrew. 960 1280

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Damascus Gate

Damascus Gate

Enter the bustle of Jerusalem’s Old City through Damascus Gate. The gate, in its current form, was built in the 1537, under the rule of Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Suleiman the Magnificent. The gate is built upon the remains of an earlier structure, constructed in the 2nd century, under the rule of Roman Emperor Hadrian. 960 1280

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Going the Same Way?

Going the Same Way?

Israel’s diverse panoply of Jewish life is often visible in everyday moments. Here, an Ultra-Orthodox man looks to one side, and Israeli soldiers to another, as they all wait for a rail line. Unlike other segments of Jewish society, Israel’s ultra-orthodox, known as haredim, do not serve in the military, leading to considerable debate within the country and beyond. 960 1280

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The Western Wall

The Western Wall

Cover up! Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the Western Wall, or “Kotel” in Hebrew, is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard. For 2,000 years this wall has endured as a place where seekers come to offer prayers, slipping notes between its ancient stones. Before you approach the wall, Orthodox practitioners may kindly help you cover up. 960 1280

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First Station Complex

First Station Complex

High-five! A young mother enjoys a Sunday afternoon with her sons at First Station Complex. Located on the grounds of Jerusalem’s original railway station (closed for good in 1998) this entertainment hub is one of the city’s top places for food and culture, with attractions like farmers’ markets, a designer’s fair and plenty of kiddie fun. 960 1280

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Jerusalem Light Rail

Jerusalem Light Rail

Staking its claim as a 21st-century city, Jerusalem is now home to a light rail line. The line was completed in 2010, following 8 years of construction (and accompanying debate over possible damage to archaeological finds, most notably a Roman-Jewish settlement, dating to 70 C.E.). Today, the line spans nearly 9 miles, and trains operate at a speed of 50 mph. 960 1280

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Mahane Yehuda Market

Mahane Yehuda Market

Friday mornings are the time to see Mahane Yehuda in action. This bustling marketplace, known as “The Shuk,” is home to more than 250 vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, wines, nuts, breads and pastries like rugelach, pictured. Families load up bags with produce, then head home to prepare it all for the Sabbath. As the sun sets, streets fall empty and quiet; it's a vibe you won't find anywhere else in the world on a Friday evening. 960 1280

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Schindler’s List

Schindler’s List

Just outside the walls of the Old City, on a hill known as Mount Zion, is the final resting place of Oskar Schindler. The German industrialist who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust, or “Shoah,” in Hebrew, was laid to rest here in 1974; a tree is also planted in Schindler and his wife’s honor at Yad Vashem, Israel’s national memorial to the two-thirds of European Jews who perished in the Holocaust. 960 1280

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Tomb of the Prophets

Tomb of the Prophets

Behind this unassuming gate lies the Tomb of the Prophets. Located on the Mount of Olives, the catacomb that lies below is, according to Jewish and Christian Biblical traditions, the final resting place of the ancient prophets Haggai and Zechariah. A local guide, Jamil, has the key to the gate; he’ll let you in, and light candles for a photo-op below, but a gratuity is appreciated. 960 1280

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Chapel of the Ascension

Chapel of the Ascension

A woman rests her hand in one of Christianity’s holiest sites – the right footprint of Christ. Located on the Mount of Olives, Ascension Rock, as it’s called, is found within the Chapel of the Ascension. First built in 390 A.D. and again in 1150 A.D., the chapel houses the exact spot where, according to Christian tradition, the incarnate Christ last touched the Earth before ascending to heaven. 960 1280

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Light shines through the dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Cherished by believers as the spot where Jesus was crucified, the church has been one of the most important pilgrimages for Christians for at least 1,500 years. Today, the church serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, signifying the important role the Eastern Orthodox Church plays in preserving Jerusalem's Christian heritage. 960 1280

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Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Orthodox Jewish men pray at the grave of a spiritual leader. The grave is among the 150,000 found on the Mount of Olives. In ancient times, olive groves covered this mountain ridge overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City. Among the graves is that of Shlomo Goren, one of Israel’s leading rabbis of his day, who blew a ram’s horn at the Western Wall following the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967. 960 1280

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Bloomfield Park

Bloomfield Park

In a city where divisions are sometimes palpable, this West Jerusalem park offers an unexpected reprieve. Here, Jewish and Arab children splash around in a shared fountain -- the Lions’ Fountain, as it's called, which was a gift from Germany in 1989. Catching a glimpse of this moment makes any trip to Jerusalem worth it. 960 1280

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