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I live and work in Los Angeles, California, though I am originally from the Midwest. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History at the University of Wisconsin-Superior and a Master's degree in Teaching (Social Studies) from the University of Southern California (USC). As an undergraduate I completed coursework in China, Scotland, and Korea. As a member of AmeriCorps, I provided educational services to communities throughout Los Angeles. Today, I am a founding teacher at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy, where I teach a Humanities Course: The History and Identity of the United States.

I have contributed an overabundance of information to the country page and forum for South Korea. I consider Korea to be one the great rewards for world heritage travellers. Firstly, a high number of accessible WHS reachable by efficient public transport. Secondly, excellent interpretation and management of each site, including translation. Lastly, the public awareness and domestic interest in world heritage in Korea is exceptional, including world heritage themed festivals and campaigns for aspiring nominations. 

I often travel plan and create lists/goals regarding future trips. Currently, I aspire to visit all 50 U.S. states, every World Heritage site in the United States (excluding Papahanaumokuakea for now), six continents, and surpass 125 world heritage sites by June 18th, 2026. That would be my last day of my 40th year, as the following day I will turn 41.

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Argentina/Uruguay/Brazil (8 WHS)

  • The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier (Argentina)
  • Cordoba (Argentina)
  • Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay)
  • Iguazu National Park (Argentina)
  • Iguacu (Brazil)
  • Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Valongo Wharf (Brazil)
  • Sítio Roberto Burle Marx (Brazil)

Australia/Singapore (6 WHS)

  • Sydney Opera House (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Greater Blue Mountains Area (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Australian Convict Sites (New South Wales, Australia)
  • Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens (Victoria, Australia)
  • Budj Bim Cultural Landscape (Victoria, Australia)
  • Singapore Botanic Gardens (Singapore)

Canadian Atlantic Provinces (4 WHS)

  • Québec City
  • Old Town Lunenburg
  • Grand Pré
  • Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Canadian Prairie Provinces (4 WHS)

  • Writing-on-Stone / Áísínai’pi
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • The Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Caribbean (4 WHS)

  • La Fortaleza (Puerto Rico)
  • Morne Trois Pitons (Dominica)
  • Historic Bridgetown (Barbados)
  • Blue and John Crow Mountains (Jamaica)

Central Mexico (3 WHS)

  • Guanajuato
  • San Miguel de Allende
  • Camino Real

Costa Rica (1 WHS)

  • Guanacaste Conservation Area

Ghana (1 WHS)

  • Forts and Castles, Volta, Greater Accra, Central and Western Regions

Gulf States (3 WHS)

  • Al Ain (UAE)
  • Qal'at al-Bahrain (Bahrain)
  • Pearling, testimony of an island economy (Bahrain)

Japan (8 WHS)

  • National Museum of Western Art (Le Corbusier)
  • Shrines and Temples of Nikko
  • Hiraizumi Temples and Gardens
  • Mount Fuji
  • Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama 

Busan to Fukuoka Ferry

  • Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region
  • Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  • Yakushima

Nordic/Baltic Nations (5 WHS)

  • Visby (Sweden)
  • Karlskrona (Sweden)
  • Birka and Hovgarden (Sweden)
  • Fortress of Suomenlinna (Finland)
  • Tallinn (Estonia)

Northern Mexico (1 WHS)

  • Nuevo Casas Grandes: Archaeological Zone of Paquimé

Slovenia/Italy (3 WHS)

  • The Works of Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Škocjan Caves (Slovenia)
  • Venice (Italy)

United Kingdom (10 WHS)

  • Kew Gardens
  • Westminster
  • Tower of London
  • Maritime Greenwich
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Stonehenge
  • City of Bath
  • Great Spa Towns of Europe
  • Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  • Durham Castle and Cathedral

United States (1 WHS)

  • Alaska: Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek

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Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 31-Dec-22


Having 4 days and 4 nights in Curaçao allowed my wife and I ample time to explore Historic Willemstad and the island as a whole. Using Els' neatly compiled list of 18 representative sites across the already well described districts, I explored the island by morning (car) and after lunch I explored Willemstad (on foot). Renting a car proved useful (if expensive), it allowed us to easily visit Curaçao's National Parks, Ramsar Wetlands (Flamingos!), Caves, Plantations, and best beaches.

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Plantations in West Curacao (T)

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 26-Dec-22

Plantations in West Curacao (T)

Despite my downward vote for the "The Plantations in West Curaçao" tentative site, this reflects more my support for a transnational nomination rather than several dozen individual nominations. I visited the Savonet and Knip plantations (the later is closed indefinitely) in December 2022. I did a self-guided tour of Savonet. White columns with a fist grasping a broken chain of bondage are located in several locations in West Curaçao and commemorate events preceding, during, and after the 1795 Slave Revolt.

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Petrified Forest National Park (T)

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 28-Nov-22

Petrified Forest National Park (T)

I revisited the park in November 2022, exclusively exploring the "Painted Desert" North Entrance area of the park (after allocating more time via the South Entrance in 2010). Hiking the easy, yet rewarding Painted Desert Rim Trail (1.2 miles) from Tawa Point to the Painted Desert Inn/Kachina Point is an essential experience during the magical hour before sunset. The Painted Desert Inn (built 1937-1940) just off the original alignment of Route 66 is a historic gem of Pueblo Revival Architecture, which includes designs from Mary Jane Colter (also known for her 'Parkitecture' properties at the Grand Canyon). The Painted Desert Inn is a National Historic Landmark. 

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Hawaii Volcanoes

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 10-Jan-22

Hawaii Volcanoes

For all visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the visitor center is a smart first stop to get information about current eruptions. During our exploration of the park, there were eruptions occurring, but the distance was significant. My camera captured the dramatic scene, but I regretted not bringing my binoculars. We spent 1.5 days in the park and there was certainly still more to see. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was reminiscent to me of both Yellowstone National Park (Steam Vents and Sulphur Banks) and Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes (Thurston Lava Tube).

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Gulf of California

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 03-Dec-21

Gulf of California

We visited this world heritage site over a period of 8 days. One recommendation (based on your own resources), spend a bit more with established tour companies to get a more full experience of the major components that make this enormous natural WHS unique. We primarily used "Cabo Adventures" and they are professional and offer basics like sunset tours to more serious excursions to places like Cabo Pulmo National Park. It is also possible to rent your own vehicle, but it's not an absolute requirement, since there is a bus system that connects Cabo San Lucas, La Paz, Loretto, and pretty much the whole Baja Peninsula for reasonable prices. I will return to other components of this WHS in the future, it's so expansive and vast that it will be rewarding to return.

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Kyle Magnuson
California - United States of America
Most Impressive
Natural Sites: El Pinacate (Mexico), Gulf of California (Mexico), Jeju Volcanic Island (Korea), Everglades (US), Grand Canyon (US), Hawaii Volcanoes (US), Olympic (US), Redwoods (US), Yellowstone (US), Yosemite (US)
Native/Indigenous Sites in the United States: (1) Ancestral Lands of the Diné: Canyon de Chelly & Monument Valley (2) Coso Rock Art Historic District (3) Heritage of the Hawaiian Kingdom (4) Rock Art of the Chumash People (5) Sinagua Cultural Landscape 6) Southwestern Utah: Canyonlands and Bears Ears Cultural Landscape

Recently Visited WHS

Update 20.02.23
Rating Stats
Istanbul 4.5
Redwood 4.5
Jeju 4
Sintra 4
Toledo 4
Cuzco 3.5
Gyeongju 3.5
Macao 3.5
Belem 3
Lima 3
Nice 2.5
  1. Willemstad
  2. Hawaii Volcanoes
  3. Gulf of California
  4. Yellowstone
  5. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  6. Great Smoky Mountains
  7. Monticello
  8. Poverty Point
  9. Carlsbad Caverns
  10. Monastery of Alcobaça
  11. Monastery of Batalha
  12. Sintra
  13. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  14. Belem
  15. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  16. Segovia
  17. El Escurial
  18. Aranjuez
  19. University of Coimbra
  20. Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro
  21. Drottningholm
  22. Kronborg Castle
  23. Roskilde Cathedral
  24. Skogskyrkogarden
  25. Southern Öland
  26. Par force hunting landscape
  27. Olympic National Park
  28. Nice
  29. El Pinacate
  30. Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies
  31. Macao
  32. San Antonio Missions
  33. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  34. Great Wall
  35. Versailles
  36. Mesa Verde
  37. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  38. Statue of Liberty
  39. Independence Hall
  40. Temple of Heaven
  41. Teotihuacan
  42. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  43. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  44. Grand Canyon
  45. Qhapaq Ñan
  46. South China Karst
  47. Silk Roads
  48. Forth Bridge
  49. El Pinacate
  50. Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries
  51. Taos Pueblo
  52. Edinburgh
  53. Machu Picchu
  54. Summer Palace
  55. Chaco Culture
  56. Toledo
  57. Cahokia Mounds
  58. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  59. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  60. Imperial Tombs
  61. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
  62. Redwood
  63. Everglades
  64. Imperial Palace
  65. Baroque Churches
  66. Hahoe and Yangdong
  67. Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat
  68. Namhansanseong
  69. Baekje Historic Areas
  70. Gyeongju
  71. Haeinsa Temple
  72. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  73. Jongmyo Shrine
  74. Mammoth Cave
  75. Istanbul
  76. Lima
  77. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  78. Mount Taishan
  79. Hwaseong Fortress
  80. Royal Joseon Tombs
  81. New Lanark
  82. Cuzco
  83. Jeju
  84. Yosemite National Park
  85. Changdeokgung Palace Complex
  1. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  2. Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (T)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  4. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  5. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  6. Central Park (T)
  7. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  8. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  9. Civil Rights Movement Sites (T)
  10. Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (T)
  11. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  12. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  13. Ellis Island (T)
  14. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  15. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  16. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  17. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  18. Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (T)
  19. Lake Titicaca (T)
  20. Moravian Church Settlements (USA) (T)
  21. Mount Vernon (T)
  22. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  23. Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (T)
  24. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  25. Oeam Village (T)
  26. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  27. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  28. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  29. Rade de Marseille (T)
  30. Route of Magellan (T)
  31. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  32. Sites of fossilized dinosaurs throughout the Southern seacoast (T)
  33. Sites of Globalization (T)
  34. Southwest Coast (T)
  35. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  36. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  37. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  38. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  39. Upo Wetland (T)
  40. White Sands National Monument (T)

Reviewed TWHS

  1. Plantations in West Curacao (T)
  2. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  3. Civil Rights Movement Sites (T)
  4. Moravian Church Settlements (USA) (T)
  5. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  6. Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (T)
  7. Lake Titicaca (T)
  8. Rural Temples of Cusco (T)
  9. Mount Vernon (T)
  10. Route of Magellan (T)
  11. Sites of Globalization (T)
  12. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  13. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  14. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  15. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  16. Southwest Coast (T)
  17. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  18. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  19. The Rise of Systematic Biology (T)
  20. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  21. Ellis Island (T)
  22. Central Park (T)
  23. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  24. Nuruosmaniye Complex (T)
  25. Gaya Tumuli (T)
  26. Daegokcheon Stream Petroglyphs (T)
  27. Capital Fortifications of Hanyang : Hangyangdoseong Capital City Wall, Bukhansanseong Mountain Fortress and Tangchundaeseong Defense Wall (T)
  28. Chapultepec Woods, Hill and Castle (T)
  29. White Sands National Monument (T)
  30. Trading Posts and Fortifications on Genoese Trade Routes from the Mediterranean to the Black Sea (T)
  31. The Central Axis of Beijing (including Beihai) (T)
  32. Oeam Village (T)
  33. El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area (T)
  34. Upo Wetland (T)
  35. Sites of fossilized dinosaurs throughout the Southern seacoast (T)
  36. Naganeupseong, Town Fortress and Village (T)
  37. Ancient Mountain Fortresses in Central Korea (T)
  38. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  39. Mt. Soraksan Nature Reserve (T)
  40. City Walls of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (T)
  41. Rade de Marseille (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  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

Top 200 WHS

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