Arguably the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century, the Terra-Cotta Army is a collection of life-sized terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. The massive earthen army was buried with the Qin Shi Huang to protect the emperor in his afterlifeRead More →

Standing at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains sits Machu Picchu. Massive walls, terraces, and ramps of the city appear to have been sculpted naturally from the rock escarpments. The ruins of Machu Picchu stand testament to the ingenuity and resilience ofRead More →

Cult temple dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, Karnak remains the largest religious building ever constructed. Known to ancient Egyptians as Ipet-isu – most select of places – the temple complex at Karnak was built over the span of 2,000 years. Even as ruins, Karnak overshadows manyRead More →

Once the capital of the Khmer Empire,Angkor is is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Angkor was a megacity in its heyday, supporting at least 0.1% of the global population from 1010-1220. The city is home to the iconic and magnificent Angkor Wat, one of Cambodia’sRead More →

Seat of the ancient city state of Athens, the Acropolis sits perched on a plateaued rock high above the sprawling city below. Dedicated to its patron, the goddess Athena, the Athenian Acropolis is crowned by the Parthenon, which stands sentinel over Athens and is visible from almost anywhere within theRead More →

The Rocky Mountains of central Idaho host the rugged Sawtooth Range, the jewel in the crown of the Potato, Trout, Austrian Winter Pea, and Lentil State. An excellent spot for mountaineering and big wall climbing enthusiasts, the Sawtooths retain pristine beauty and charm despite their increasing popularity.Read More →

Said to be the most complex land edge on the Earth, a lifetime could be well-spent exploring Norway’s 63,000 miles of fjords, bays, inlets, and island shores. In fact, if the length of Norway’s coast could be stretched out into a line, it would circle the planet two and aRead More →

New Zealand’s North Island is known for its subtropic beaches, volcanic activity, national parks, and cosmopolitan cities. Well … two cities. Home to about three-quarters of the nation’s population, the North Island hosts the country’s largest city, Auckland – surrounded by warm bays and islands, Auckland is also well-known asRead More →