The Austrian Alps are popular with tourists, but not many visitors know about the stolen art the Nazis hid in a mine there or the capture of a high-ranking war criminal. If you like a bit of history in your travels, you may just choose to visit beautiful Altaussee and Toplitzsee, both in the Salzkammergut, a World Heritage site.
Ogdensburg, NJ is not known for many things. However, Sterling Hill Mining Museum is there and it is a lot more than just a rock museum. With glowing specimens and a lot of historical equipment it was impossible for Stacey Maltz not to be amazed while on the tour.
Treading the desert to explore an ocean bed that is rich with 40 million year-old whale skeletons and other extinct creatures is a unique experience. Azza Abdel Aziz tells you more about the Valley of the Whales in the western desert of Egypt; a world heritage site that narrates an unrivaled story about the evolution of species in an open air museum.
A thousand years before the birth of Columbus, the Polynesians routinely made voyages across the entire Pacific Basin that made the European Age of Discovery seem trivial by comparison. They left the tales of these adventures carved in the island's stones -- the enigmatic, beautiful and mysterious petroglyphs of Hawaii Island.