Profile 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 17 countries/nations. 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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- Denmark/Sweden - Copenhagen - Öland - Stockholm (June/July 2017)
- Seattle - Olympic NP (Washington)
- Mexico (Yucatan, Baja California Sur, Puebla, Guanajuato)
- Puerto Rico: Caribbean Cruise 6 WHS
- 50 WHS: One month circumference (London, Paris, Amsterdam)

- Northern Mexico - Gulf of California/Paquimé
- Yellowstone/Glacier/Banff + Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
- Winnipeg - Pimachiowin Aki
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My WHS Regional Stats:
47% Asia
23% North America
15% Latin America
15% Europe

Kyle Magnuson's Visited Sites

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  • Mixed
  • Cultural
  • Natural

Recent Reviews by Kyle Magnuson

Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T) Kyle Magnuson

I visited Nice, France during the later part of October 2007. The holiday crowds were gone, the temperature required a light jacket, and the day I spent the most time by the Promenade, it was overcast and gray. There were however, a couple highlights.

Cathedral of Saint Nicholas, a beautiful Eastern Orthodox Church that was built for the Russian nobility who visited Nice during the Early 20th century.

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El Pinacate Kyle Magnuson

I began 2017 with a return journey to Sonora, Mexico and the stunning "Reserva De La Biosphera El Pinacate Y Gran Desierto De Altar". I was determined on completing two specific hikes/drives, which I missed during my first visit in March 2014. First, I wanted to hike to the dunes and second I wanted to see the reserves iconic otherworldly craters. We were graced with rain the previous night before our visit, which turned out to be a special surprise.

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Nuruosmaniye Complex (T) Kyle Magnuson

During my time wandering Istanbul in 2007, I spent much of my time on foot just exploring. The Nuruosmaniye Complex is noted for its “Ottoman Baroque” architecture, something that I was oblivious to at the time. Yet, my first visit to a mosque is the key property to this serial nomination, so I remember it well. The Mosque is also stunning, it was particularly memorable because we were completely alone, even the lights were largely turned off.

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The Goryeong Jisandong Daegaya Tumuli (T) Kyle Magnuson

So far 704 tombs have been identified at Jisan-dong, dates range from 400 - 562 CE. The Gaya Confederacy was located between Baekje and Silla, and ultimately annexed by the later during the 6th century. Important elements of these tombs are its connection to human sacrifice, the largest evidence yet found in any single tomb site in Korea. In addition, there are artifacts that originate from the Okinawa Islands.

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Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (T) Kyle Magnuson

On the first day of July, early afternoon, rain pouring, we arrived at Ulsan Petroglyphs Museum. Once I entered the museum (in part as shelter), I was immediately impressed. This history lesson will be different than most museums or historic sites in Korea. Nothing about Confucianism, Buddhism, seowon, fortresses, or tombs!

The museum really is fantastic, sure not much is in English, but the replica copies of both petroglyphs are superb.

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Name: Kyle Magnuson

Country: Los Angeles, California - United States of America

Visited WHS: 53

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. 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. Alejandro de Humboldt National Park
  185. Vézère Valley
  186. Pyramids (Memphis)
  187. Ancient Thebes
  188. Nubian Monuments
  189. Temple of Heaven
  190. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  191. Rome
  192. Dazu Rock Carvings
  193. Mycenae and Tiryns
  194. Dubrovnik
  195. Lorentz National Park
  196. Central Amazon Conservation Complex
  197. Pantanal
  198. Virunga National Park
  199. Sub-Antarctic Islands
  200. Meroe