Which monument or landmark would you like to visit as part of your bucket list?

Photographer Blaine Harrington III has worked all over the world, but some of his favorite views are closer to home. Many of the country's most recognizable monuments and landmarks can be easily visited and enjoyed without crowds, he says. If you go out first thing in the morning, it's the most beautiful time of the day and there's hardly anyone else around. Harrington, who just opened an exhibition at The Wildlife Experience museum in Parker, Colo.

If it weren't for the brown signs that alert travelers on Interstate 90, it would be easy to drive right next to the park and miss the supernatural landscape of eroded hills and pinnacles that is just a few miles away. “You go off the road and quickly go deep into the rock formations,” Harrington says. It's a little awesome, like being on the moon. He suggests visiting it at different times of the day to see how light transforms the landscape.

There are hiking trails, but this is mainly a park that can be reached by car with a lot of panoramic viewpoints. Lexington, Kentucky's equestrian country. While the region's famous blue grass isn't exactly blue, it still creates an unforgettable landscape, Harrington says. In spring it is very green and that is contrasted with the horses in the fields and the fences that go through hills and valleys.

It's a beautiful country and (it has) a very deep heritage. The limestone-rich soil is said to be responsible for the distinctive flavor of Kentucky bourbon and for the speed and strength of its thoroughbred racehorses. You can see the farms driving along rural roads outside the city. Travelers can spend years exploring Maine's windswept coastline, or they can head to Acadia, which offers the best of the region's distinctive topography.

From popular spots like Thunder Hole and Jordan Pond to carriage roads that crisscross the forest, it's easy to get out and enjoy the scenery. A transportation system runs through the main sites of the park. It's different from the national parks in the west and goes back a long time, Harrington says. And Ontario Sure, the area is full of tourists, casinos and gift shops, but there's still no denying the power and majesty of the famous falls.

It's a wonder of nature, and man's bad taste can't even ruin it, Harrington says. The falls consist of three sections: Horseshoe, Bridal Veil and American Falls. Visitors can put on yellow rain goggles to see the waterfall from the background on the famous Maid of the Mist tour boats. This desert park, little known outside the West, gets its name from its rock formations shaped like an otherworldly toad, called hoodoo.

“It's like being in Alice in Wonderland,” Harrington says. The area was in the spotlight last year when three men knocked down one of the formations and posted a video on the Internet. The remote location makes it an ideal place for camping, allowing you to see the park in the afternoon and early in the morning. Harrington recommends viewing this glacier-fringed ocean cove from a kayak.

“I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” he says. It's just pristine. Visitors can explore the fjords next to the water or see the sound of the surrounding Chugach National Forest. The area has made a remarkable recovery since the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground here 25 years ago.

This is where the disaster occurred. They almost ruined one of the most fabulous places on the planet. This Navajo tribal park, with its iconic towers and sandstone hills, has been featured in countless movies and commercials, but it's still a breathtaking sight. We've all seen it in one way or another.

It really is the quintessential Old West background, Harrington says. There really is nothing like it. The valley, located on land of the Navajo tribe, can be visited on self-guided trips, jeep tours and guided hikes. The Parthenon, together with the other most outstanding buildings on the Acropolis, was built by Pericles in the 5th century BC.

C. as a monument to glorify the achievements of the Athenians. Pericles did his job so well that the Parthenon survived all the tests of time, including dozens of wars, several occupations, and even a few earthquakes. In 1987, the Acropolis was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Today, if you want to visit the old site, it's best to do it first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon. The Acropolis is one of the main monuments in Europe and one of the most popular historic sites in the world, so every two hours of your visit will place you among the hordes of tourists who flock to the Acropolis hill in droves. Arguably, the Statue of Liberty is the most emblematic monument in North America. Lady Liberty has her own island in New York City.

This copper statue was originally a gift from France to the United States. It may seem like an achievement, a special moment, or if you're like me, you'll feel satisfaction when you mark another milestone on your wish list. The idea behind this list of the 15 historic places in the world was to awaken in you a little passion for travel. All I know about it is that Stonehedge is the epitome of a mysterious ancient site and is 100% worthy of your wish list.


Randall Pieroni
Randall Pieroni

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