Medieval masons created almost magical architecture with their magnificent mastery of stone and geometry.
Glaciers, one of the world's priceless natural resources, are melting rapidly because of global warming.
Capitol Reef National Park encompasses a 100-mile-long fold in the Earth in which 270 million years of history is captured.
Bacon's Castle in Virginia is a microcosm of major trends in U.S. history and culture.
We are seeing a global rise of strongmen leaders. We take a look at what make strongmen tick and why they gain followers.
Most Gothic architecture was built in the 19th and 20th centuries when the medieval style underwent a global revival. Now, Gothic is trending again.
With a pandemic raging and snarled air traffic, it's a perfect time to head into the past and the wild to track dinosaurs.
Stained glass windows, one of the most durable types of art, have long imparted both powerful religious and secular messages.
Saint Sulpice Church in Paris has a turbulent history dating to the 7th century. Today, it is Paris's temporary cathedral amidst the pandemic.
What if you love Thanksgiving as a holiday, but aren't crazy about some traditional Thanksgiving foods? These recipes might help.
The Rosetta Stone, which revolutionized the study of Egypt and ancient languages, continues to court controversy today.
Scientists are stitching together a DNA sequence to produce a living mammoth as well as learning more about the chubby long-haired giant.
The pandemic, soaring cost of housing and environmental concerns are renewing interest in courtyard houses, albeit on a miniature scale.
When you need a break and relaxing activities that are relatively safe in the pandemic, try California's Central Coast.
Remembering September 11th has been a national opportunity to evaluate the past and move on with the long messy process of rebuilding.
Civil War reenacting has taken a hit from the pandemic and controversy over the Confederate flag's association with racism.
Versailles has an image of lavish opulence under the Sun King, Louis XIV, but the palace also has a history of revolution and American ties.
Unglazed clay Yixing teapots hold within them hundreds of years of tradition and craftsmanship.
Chinese-sponsored Confucius Institutes have taken an international hit because of broader controversial China policies.
The American Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, but also the hottest and most arid.
Arches National Park in southeastern Utah is being loved to death, and the park service is scrambling to manage the attention.
The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan, is evidence of Japan's aesthetic balance of restrained simplicity and bursts of opulent grandeur.
The U.S. capital has more Roman-style architecture than almost any major city. We explore why.
For beautiful handmade pottery, there is no better place in the United States than Seagrove, North Carolina.
As the pandemic wanes in the United States, the crowds have returned to Yellowstone National Park.
We are living in the Great Age of Panoramas, with super wide angle photography permeating our everyday lives.
Colorful Western mining towns where the ancestors of many Americans once flocked to seek their fortunes have become upscale tourist meccas for outdoor adventure.
Duke University's Gothic architecture and academic excellence alongside its mixed historical legacy makes it a microcosm of the American South's historical dilemmas.
Making a family museum is a perfect way to teach your family about your heritage in a fun way.
China's most famous painting captured traditional life, the traces of which have survived into modern times.
We built a wooden box for a treasured hand-painted copy of China's most famous painting - Along the River During the Qingming Festival.
The history of La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, California, is a cautionary tale about the consequences of environmental damage, epidemics and racial inequality.
We take a look back at a remote Chinese village that is now a crowded tourist destination.
The U.S. Capitol attack has opened up a debate on the future direction of the Republican Party and what it means for democracy.
Millions of Christians will turn to the Bible this week to read the Christmas story in hundreds of languages.
Exit polls showed that many voters saw boosting the economy and controlling the pandemic as competing goals, but experts say they need to happen in tandem.
On a day that included both voting and getting tested for COVID-19, we look to the past for perspective on elections.
Thousands of Buddhist scriptures carved in stone and buried for centuries are among China's greatest cultural treasures.
The Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square, among America's most popular tourist destinations, are undergoing a major renovation.
Take a quick break and enjoy spectacular scenery on a boat trip down the Li River near Guilin, China.
The racial history of the United States belongs to us all, with the responsibility to resolve the accompanying outstanding problems.
The racist past associated with the Confederacy and Confederate monuments has a complex history.
A mother of non-white children compares her fears for her children because of COVID-19 and her fears for them because of racism.
During the pandemic, here are signs of the times at stores with shortages that also are trying to maintain social distancing.
Since she was guillotined in the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette has become one of the most popular icons worldwide.
The International Dunhuang Project digitizes old documents, caves and artifacts to enable global study of Central Asian history.
The amphitheaters, military garrisons, forums, trade and craft shops of two Roman colonial cities have emerged from the dust.
The Tower of London, enduring symbol of the British monarchy, combines royal pageantry with warfare, court intrigue and executions.
Rue Montorgueil in Paris began as a village street with a medieval church and food market. It has retained that character.
Yaquina Head, Ore., has one of the Pacific Coast’s premier tide pool observation sites, a lighthouse and seal and seabird colonies.
Our calendar system evolved over thousands of years and is continuing to do so with electronic calendars and globalization.
New Orleans's hybrid culture is the result of its 300 years as the gateway to trading networks of the Mississippi River.
Utah's spectacular scenery harbors one of the world's most complete and diverse dinosaur fossil records.
The picturesque town of Bristol, Rhode Island, once was a slave port and home of the nation's leading slave traders, the DeWolfs.
China's Oct. 1 celebration of 70 years of Communist rule centers on Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s most controversial places.
The colorful annual mountain men rendezvous at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, commemorates the 19th century global fur trade.
The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.
What are the chances that two men from one family set off international disputes by carting off treasures from Greece and China?
New York City, America's great atypical metropolis, taught me what America means. Here are my favorite patriotic sites in the city.
The Summer Palace, the most famous and heartbreaking of China's glorious imperial gardens, highlights dilemmas in the nation’s past.
An emperor built a giant Buddha to unify his struggling country, as the center of a network of Buddhist temples throughout Japan.
The mammoth Colorado River is the lifeblood of the southwest United States, supplying water and power for cities and agriculture.
Osaka Castle marks the site of an epic samurai battle and one of the most important turning points in Japanese history.
A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.
Finding a historical site shrouded in scaffolding is disappointing, but it is a valuable tool for preserving the world's heritage.
Old stone houses, leather books with swirly handwriting and a village church mark the second part of our journey to the Rhone-Alps.
A search for ancestral roots in southern France leads to a legendary land with a walled medieval town and tales of a magic sword.
Illuminated medieval manuscripts preserved culture and religious beliefs and set a foundation for book design and art styles.
Visible traces of the Heijō Palace, Japan's palace from which the emperor ruled in splendor, were gone, until the site was restored.
What does it mean to be Latino or Hispanic in the United States? This blog explores the ambiguous origins of these two terms.
Only scattered remnants survive of the many walled cities that once defined the Chinese empire.
Santa Maria's scrumptious grilling is California's premier barbecue style.
Junipero Serra's "sainthood" is controversial, but the extent of his cultural impact on California is indisputable.
Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America's most beautiful and heartbreaking cities.