From its miles of sandy beaches to its almost-perfect weather, San Diego is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm California sun. And while the landscape is undeniably beautiful, that’s not all this west coast paradise has to offer. It’s brimming with art, history, and great food around every corner. Here are ten must-see San Diego landmarks that showcase the beauty and personality of “America’s Finest City.”
Route 66 stretches for 2,500 miles from the heart of Chicago to Santa Monica’s iconic pier. Known as the “Mother Road,” it is one of the most popular cross-country road trip routes. Here are just 30 of the countless things to see along the way.
Bali island in Indonesia is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal waters, and dazzling tropical landscapes. The village of Trunyan, however, practices a not-so tourist-friendly tradition that may come as a surprise to the island’s usual sunseekers.
The forests of the Jigokudani valley in Japan are surrounded by imposing cliffs and fountains of steaming hot water. It’s a breathtaking contrast to see the steam of the springs against the starkness of the snowy landscape. Locals refer to Jigokudani as “Hell Valley,” both for its appearance of “smoke” and its harsh climate.
The story of Troy dates back 3,000 years. It has been told time and time again through legends, books, theater, and film throughout the centuries. The Greek poet Homer wrote about it in the eighth century B.C. and ancient Greek and Roman artists captured its intrigue on canvas and in clay.
German seamstress Agnes Emma Richter was 51 years old when she was admitted in 1895 to the Hubertusberg Psychiatric Institution near Dresden, Germany. Richter was initially transferred to a mental institution near her home after her neighbors lodged several complaints about her “erratic behavior.”
Born in Syria and raised in Saudi Arabia, artist and architect Mohamad Hafez has a strong tie to the Middle East and a desire to show the rest of the world the horrors of the political struggle in many Middle Eastern countries.
Fort Worth, Texas, is often credited as the “birthplace” of the American West. In the 1800s, it was teeming with cattle, cowpokes, and stagecoach robbers. Today, the Fort Worth Stockyards, sitting about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Dallas, is a popular tourist attraction that works hard to preserve the history of the Wild West.
“Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder” is not merely a phrase, and Russian fashion designer duo Ekaterina (Katya) and Elena (Lena) Popovy, better known as “Popovy Sisters,” are living proof of this. These identical twin sisters create some of the most realistic dolls you will ever lay your eyes upon.
Halloween is one of the most popular days of the year – when revelers dress up in clever costumes and gorge themselves on candy and delicious fall treats. It is not just another modern holiday, however. It can be traced back over 2,000 years to a supernatural Celtic festival called “Samhain.”