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I live and work in Los Angeles, California, though I am originally from Northern Wisconsin. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in History, 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 U.S. History.

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 inscriptions 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. 

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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World Heritage Planning 

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

Central Mexico (3 WHS)

  • Guanajuato
  • San Miguel de Allende
  • Camino Real

Curaçao Netherlands (1 WHS)

  • Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbour, Curaçao

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 - via Korea Ferry (2 WHS)

  • Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region
  • Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining

Nordic/Baltic Nations (5 WHS)

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

Northern Mexico (2 WHS)

  • Guerrero Negro: Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino (including San Ignacio Lagoon)
  • Nuevo Casas Grandes: Archaeological Zone of Paquimé
  • Loretto: Bahía de Loreto (component of Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California)

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 (2 WHS)

  • Puerto Rico: La Fortaleza and San Juan Historic Site in Puerto Rico
  • Alaska: Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek
  • San Juan County: Aztec Ruins National Monument (component of Chaco Culture)

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Visited Sites Kyle Magnuson

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Recent Reviews Kyle Magnuson

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 - 16-Oct-21


Yellowstone has survived for 150 years. Mineral exploitation, logging and poachers were the most serious threats between 1872 and 1916.  In the 'The Act of Dedication' (1872), Yellowstone was "set apart as a public park or pleasuring ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people". As of October 2021, Yellowstone has already received more than 4 million visitors. The threat to Yellowstone National Park today is primarily heavy visitor usage/footprint and Climate Change.

Best Practices

- all suggestions are meant as general advice when possible and appropriate to your trip planning and schedule

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Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 11-Sep-21

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Visiting the park between June 15th and June 17th, the season was still early. The Going-to-the-Sun Road was not cleared fully, but more importantly for my visit, I would have to adapt. Firstly, the reservation system for the Going-to-the-Sun Road was completely overwhelmed with the amount of people who wanted to reserve a place. Shuttle service does not begin until July. Millions of Americans after being vaccinated, hit the roads to escape home, but largely still being limited to domestic travel only. Though I planned months in advance and I diligently visited at every "booking window" it was a fruitless exercise. Everything was fully reserved within 1 minute

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Great Smoky Mountains

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 22-Aug-21

Great Smoky Mountains

*Updated Late Fall 2022

I enjoyed a pleasant, less busy excursion to Cade's Cove on November 21st. Hiking to Abrams Falls was a highlight as I had the waterfall all to myself for a good 10 minutes before another hiker arrived. The temperatures were between 36 and 50 during my visit (2-10 C), there were icicles around much of the falls and river. During the first trip and this one, I was able to see a black bear. 

With some extra time I also visited a somewhat less frequented portion of the park, just past the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont. Taking the dirt road for a few miles and crossing two small one car only bridges, you arrive to the Middle Prong Trail

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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 District (3) Heritage of the Hawaiian Kingdom (4) Rock Art of the Chumash People (5) Sinagua Cultural Landscape

Recently Visited WHS

Update 23.09.22
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. Hawaii Volcanoes
  2. Gulf of California
  3. Yellowstone
  4. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  5. Great Smoky Mountains
  6. Monticello
  7. Poverty Point
  8. Carlsbad Caverns
  9. Monastery of Alcobaça
  10. Monastery of Batalha
  11. Sintra
  12. Convent of Christ in Tomar
  13. Belem
  14. Mafra Palace, Convent and Royal Hunting Park
  15. Segovia
  16. El Escurial
  17. Aranjuez
  18. University of Coimbra
  19. Paseo del Prado and Buen Retiro
  20. Drottningholm
  21. Kronborg Castle
  22. Roskilde Cathedral
  23. Skogskyrkogarden
  24. Southern Öland
  25. Par force hunting landscape
  26. Olympic National Park
  27. Nice
  28. El Pinacate
  29. Seowon, Neo-Confucian Academies
  30. Macao
  31. San Antonio Missions
  32. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  33. Great Wall
  34. Versailles
  35. Mesa Verde
  36. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  37. Statue of Liberty
  38. Independence Hall
  39. Temple of Heaven
  40. Teotihuacan
  41. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  42. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  43. Grand Canyon
  44. Qhapaq Ñan
  45. South China Karst
  46. Silk Roads
  47. Forth Bridge
  48. El Pinacate
  49. Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries
  50. Taos Pueblo
  51. Edinburgh
  52. Machu Picchu
  53. Summer Palace
  54. Chaco Culture
  55. Toledo
  56. Cahokia Mounds
  57. Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor
  58. Temple, Mansion and Cemetery of Confucius
  59. Imperial Tombs
  60. Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings
  61. Redwood
  62. Everglades
  63. Imperial Palace
  64. Baroque Churches
  65. Hahoe and Yangdong
  66. Getbol, Korean Tidal Flat
  67. Namhansanseong
  68. Baekje Historic Areas
  69. Gyeongju
  70. Haeinsa Temple
  71. Gochang, Hwasun, and Ganghwa Dolmen
  72. Jongmyo Shrine
  73. Mammoth Cave
  74. Istanbul
  75. Lima
  76. Seokguram Grotto and Bulguksa Temple
  77. Mount Taishan
  78. Hwaseong Fortress
  79. Royal Joseon Tombs
  80. New Lanark
  81. Cuzco
  82. Jeju
  83. Yosemite National Park
  84. Changdeokgung Palace Complex

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