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Kyle Magnuson

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I am originally from a town of about 300 people in Northern Wisconsin. While my WHS count is not particularly high, I have been blessed to travel to 4 continents, and visit about 20 countries. For my wife and I, Los Angeles has become our adopted home and place of work. While full-time employment in the United States sometimes does not allow for extensive WHS related travels, I cannot complain while living in the beautiful state of California. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History, and a Master's degree in Teaching (Social Studies). I have a particular interest in Korea, and have spent considerable time exploring the country.

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NEXT TRIPS: 2018-2019
- Spain & Portugal
- NYC (Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Moravian Bethlehem)
- Mexico Excursions (Baja California Sur, Tepotzotlán, Puebla, Guanajuato, Yucatan)
- Vietnam, Singapore, Bali-Indonesia
- 50 WHS: One month circumference (London, Paris, Amsterdam)

ROAD TRIPS: 2018-2019
- New Orleans - Poverty Point
- Northern Mexico - Gulf of California/Paquimé
- Yellowstone/Glacier/Banff + Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
- Manitoba - Pimachiowin Aki
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My WHS Regional Stats:
Asia 42%
Europe 23%
North America 22%
Latin America 13%

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Recent Reviews Kyle Magnuson

Drottningholm Kyle Magnuson

Drottningholm by Kyle Magnuson

Drottingholm is a very easy and (weather permitting) enjoyable half-day trip from Stockholm. After visiting several palaces and castles during my time in Denmark and Sweden, the main interior (however nice) was not my main draw. So after about 45 minutes within the palace, I was ready to explore. I was most interested in the gardens and Chinese Palace.

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Kronborg Castle Kyle Magnuson

Kronborg Castle by Kyle Magnuson

I tried my best to really enjoy this castle, I achieved middling success. After already visiting Frederiksborg and Rosenborg, my efforts to visit even more castles were not filled with much excitement. Nevertheless, I started the day walking to Copenhagen Central station and getting on the train to Hillerød. After the exquisite Fredericksborg, we took the train to Helsingør.

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Roskilde Cathedral Kyle Magnuson

Roskilde Cathedral by Kyle Magnuson

Roskilde, as a former capital is well-worth the excursion from Copenhagen. The dizzying cathedral is a towering structure that should be admired by a full 360 degree exploration of the surrounding grounds. I photographed every corner of the interior, and viewed the cathedral from several different vantage points. During my visit the Summer weather was excellent, so it made the visit that much more pleasant.

The amount of royal tombs/caskets located inside the cathedral itself is surprising. Certain areas within the cathedral are quite different because of the internment of a particular monarch. More prominent personas and the century they died all create a varied interior that is quite different from the monotonous interior of many other cathedrals.

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Skogskyrkogarden Kyle Magnuson

Skogskyrkogarden by Kyle Magnuson

Taking the metro train to the easily accessed Skogskyrkogarden, I was immediately confronted by the awkward dynamic of being a tourist amongst grieving families. There were 2 different funeral parties I witnessed while walking the grounds. I tried to be discreet and avoid camera use in spaces that deserved some privacy, and the site is large enough where its unlikely you would actually become an annoyance to others.. Thankfully, much of my explorations were done in private.

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The Rise of Systematic Biology (T) Kyle Magnuson

The Rise of Systematic Biology (T) by Kyle Magnuson

Reports seem to point to a 2020 nomination from Sweden (likely premature). Perhaps, but this nomination will have to overcome some major challenges to be inscribed. Number one is OUV, and I could not shake the feeling that this serial nomination is of regional importance. While I only visited the most accessible site in Uppsala, other components did little to affirm this nomination can get a positive recommendation from ICOMOS. During my research of all serial components, none stood out as exceptional or significantly more representative of Systematic Biology. Often association with the scientist was on display rather then authentic cultural landscapes that related to scientific innovation.

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Name: Kyle Magnuson

Country: Los Angeles, California - United States of America

Visited WHS: 60

Most Impressive: Machu Picchu (Peru), The Great Wall (China), Grand Canyon NP (USA), Yosemite NP (USA), Istanbul (Turkey)

Proposal New WHS: Ancestral Sites of the Dine, Sinagua Cultural Landscape, Chicago School: Architecture, Sequoia/Kings Canyon NP, Denali National Park (AK), Mojave and Colorado Deserts, Lake Superior ON (NMCA), Camino Real: Santa Fe (Ext), Organ Pipe Cactus NM (Ext), Klondike Gold Rush (Ext), First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Coso Rock Art District CL, Miami Art Deco District, Historic Center: Charleston, Historic Center: Savannah, Historic Center: Newport, Watts Towers, Baekdu-daegan (ROK), Taroko Gorge National Park (Taiwan), Tambomachay-Saqsaywaman (Peru), Historic Centre of York (UK)


  1. Bagan
  2. Chicago School of Architecture
  3. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  4. Concordia
  5. Dilwara Temples at Mt Abu
  6. Dzongs of Bhutan
  7. El Nido Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area
  8. Kaieteur National Park, Iwokrama Forest and the Kanuku Mountains
  9. Klondike and the Gold Rush Trails
  10. Laas Gaal
  11. Lake Titicaca
  12. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  13. Nan Madol
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  16. Silk Roads
  17. Sistema Vial Andino/Qhapaq Ñan
  18. Svalbard
  19. Torres del Paine National Park
  20. Ur
  1. Galapagos Islands
  2. Xidi and Hongcun
  3. Longmen Grottoes
  4. Cape Floral Region
  5. Villa d'Este
  6. Vienna
  7. Cerrado Protected Areas
  8. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  9. Yungang Grottoes
  10. Mahabodhi Temple Complex
  11. Kenya Lake System
  12. Three parallel rivers of Yunnan
  13. Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi
  14. Hani Rice Terraces
  15. Tchogha Zanbil
  16. Koguryo Kingdom
  17. Persepolis
  18. Ilulissat Icefjord
  19. Meidan Emam, Esfahan
  20. Thingvellir
  21. Etruscan Necropolises
  22. Djenné
  23. Tropical Rainforest Sumatra
  24. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  25. Gulf of California
  26. Timbuktu
  27. Bali Subak system
  28. West Norwegian Fjords
  29. Sagarmatha National Park
  30. Kathmandu Valley
  31. Crac des Chevaliers
  32. South China Karst
  33. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  34. Teide National Park
  35. Jeju
  36. Caral-Supe
  37. Shushtar
  38. Royal Joseon Tombs
  39. West Lake
  40. China Danxia
  41. Jantar Mantar
  42. Redwood
  43. Selimiye Mosque
  44. Fagus Factory
  45. Persian Garden
  46. Wadi Rum
  47. Moenjodaro
  48. Rock Islands
  49. Taxila
  50. Çatalhöyük
  51. El Pinacate
  52. Golestan Palace
  53. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  54. Namib Sand Sea
  55. Okavango Delta
  56. Silk Roads
  57. Los Glaciares
  58. Pergamon
  59. Qhapaq Ñan
  60. Old City of Jerusalem
  61. Aksum
  62. Olympic National Park
  63. Great Barrier Reef
  64. Serengeti
  65. SGang Gwaay
  66. Fontainebleau
  67. Florence
  68. Medici Villas and Gardens
  69. Lalibela
  70. Leptis Magna
  71. Aldabra Atoll
  72. Cyrene
  73. Shibam
  74. Damascus
  75. Sigiriya
  76. Aleppo
  77. Khajuraho Group of Monuments
  78. Ajanta Caves
  79. Ellora Caves
  80. Sun Temple, Konarak
  81. Chola Temples
  82. Agra Fort
  83. Taj Mahal
  84. Mesa Verde
  85. Machu Picchu
  86. Samarra
  87. Yellowstone
  88. Vatican City
  89. Aachen Cathedral
  90. Québec
  91. Iguazu National Park
  92. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  93. Statue of Liberty
  94. Yosemite National Park
  95. Auschwitz Birkenau
  96. Altamira Cave
  97. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  98. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  99. Petra
  100. Medina of Marrakesh
  101. Chaco Culture
  102. Istanbul
  103. Göreme NP
  104. Ghadames
  105. Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  106. Chan Chan
  107. Site of Carthage
  108. Stonehenge
  109. Gwynedd Castles
  110. Toledo
  111. Sana'a
  112. St. Kilda
  113. Ngorongoro
  114. Skocjan Caves
  115. Venice and its Lagoon
  116. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  117. Kilimanjaro National Park
  118. Acropolis
  119. Hawaii Volcanoes
  120. Palenque
  121. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  122. Teotihuacan
  123. Puebla
  124. Westminster
  125. Great Wall
  126. Imperial Palace
  127. Mogao Caves
  128. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  129. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  130. Uluru
  131. Nemrut Dag
  132. Sundarbans National Park
  133. Mount Athos
  134. Meteora
  135. Guanajuato
  136. Chichen-Itza
  137. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  138. Victoria Falls
  139. Mystras
  140. Neolithic Orkney
  141. Cliff of Bandiagara
  142. Olympia
  143. Potsdam
  144. St. Petersburg
  145. Kremlin and Red Square
  146. Rio Abiseo National Park
  147. Te Wahipounamu
  148. Sukhothai
  149. Ayutthaya
  150. Borobudur
  151. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  152. Samarkand
  153. Komodo National Park
  154. Jiuzhaigou Valley
  155. Tikal National Park
  156. Prambanan
  157. Angkor
  158. Ha Long Bay
  159. Hué
  160. Ancient Kyoto
  161. Potala Palace
  162. Dinosaur Provincial Park
  163. Rapa Nui
  164. Siena
  165. Glacier parks
  166. Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras
  167. Edinburgh
  168. Kutna Hora
  169. Ferrara
  170. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  171. Grand Canyon
  172. Sceilg Mhichíl
  173. Belize Barrier Reef
  174. Volcanoes of Kamchatka
  175. Genbaku Dome
  176. Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha
  177. The Sundarbans
  178. Mont-Saint-Michel
  179. Ping Yao
  180. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
  181. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  182. Pompei
  183. Villa Romana del Casale
  184. Vézère Valley
  185. Pyramids (Memphis)
  186. Ancient Thebes
  187. Nubian Monuments
  188. Temple of Heaven
  189. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  190. Rome
  191. Dazu Rock Carvings
  192. Mycenae and Tiryns
  193. Dubrovnik
  194. Lorentz National Park
  195. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  196. Pantanal
  197. Virunga National Park
  198. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  199. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  200. Meroe