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Kyle Magnuson
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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.

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United States (Final WHS)

- Big Island: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

- 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 & Pueblo Pintado (components not visited of Chaco Culture world heritage site)

Closest WHS to Visit

- Cabo San Lucas & La Paz: Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

- Guerrero Negro: Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino

- Nuevo Casas Grandes: Archaeological Zone of Paquimé

Gulf States (3 WHS)

[United Arab Emirates, Bahrain]

Visited Sites Kyle Magnuson

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Legend

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  • Mixed

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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 recreation.gov 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

Great Smoky Mountains National Park deserves a minimum of two days. Gatlinburg is the hub for most visitors (beware weekends in the Summer). I visited the National Park on a Monday and Tuesday. As a general rule in popular National Parks we make sure to get on the trails early, rest in the middle of the day, and head back out to explore around 4pm until dark. Pleasant hikes to waterfalls (such as Laurel or Grotto Falls) are really for all hiking abilities and if you have the time, make sure do to at least one of them (aim for 7am or 8am to avoid crowds).

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Monticello

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

Monticello

Having booked my tickets online well in advance for Monticello and making sure I had ample time in Charlottesville (both preferrable), I felt this might be an interesting first stop as we made our way South. Charlottesville, which is dominated by Jefferson's legacy is in the midst of an ongoing re-examination of the man and Historical truths long ignored (particularly for visitors pre-1999 to Monticello). Ta-Nehisi Coates (author: Between the World and Me, The Water Dancer, etc), after visiting Monticello said, “They will tell you the truth. There is a broad and growing movement to tell the truth.” When visiting Monticello, you will experience tours that highlight Jefferson the Slaver, Writer, Architect, and President

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Poverty Point

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 08-Aug-21

Poverty Point

A hunter-fisher-gatherer society of this size would have required a highly skilled group of people to sustain the community. During my visit, there was a Atlatl (spear-thrower) demonstration. After taking two throwing attempts myself, I could appreciate the skill needed to throw with accuracy. Located only 25 km from the Mississippi River, the people who lived here would have relied on extensive trade networks, as the "foreign" stone artifacts in the visitor center demonstrate.

The ICOMOS evaluation of Poverty Point ended with deferral, not because of lack of OUV, but because of Highway 577, which dissects the property and insufficient boundaries. ICOMOS wanted a buffer zone and preferred further research toward expanding the boundaries to include additional associated sites. Viewing the current National Park Service Map, the boundary of Poverty Point includes a Northern component that centers around Motley Mound, which is 2km North of the inscribed area. According to the Advisory Body Evaluation, this area was recommended for land acquisition. Perhaps there will be a minor boundary modification evaluated by ICOMOS in the near future

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Moravian Church Settlements (T)

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 07-Aug-21

Moravian Church Settlements (T)

Starting our tour at the "Moravian Museum of Bethlehem - 1741 Gemeinhaus" we learned about the industrious and comparatively forward-thinking Moravian Community at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Our tour guide was a practicing Moravian since moving to Bethlehem in the 1970's and was happy to answer all of our questions. Both staff were quite knowledgeable about the world heritage nomination and information about the bid were featured prominently on their tourist literature. At the Moravian Blacksmith Shop (which is a reconstruction) a blacksmith demonstrated for visitors the process and skills of the trade during the 18th century. As we visited on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021 the town was really bustling with activity, though not overly busy.

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Name
Kyle Magnuson
Country
California - United States of America
Most Impressive
Imperial Palace (China), The Great Wall (China), El Pinacate (Mexico), Machu Picchu (Peru), Istanbul (Turkey), Edinburgh (UK), Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (USA), Grand Canyon (USA), Mesa Verde (USA), Redwoods (USA), Yellowstone (USA), Yosemite (USA)
Proposal
Sinagua Cultural Landscape (Arizona), Spanish Missions of the Sonoran Desert (Arizona), American Craftsmen Design (California), Coso Rock Art District (California), Rock Art of the Chumash People (California), Ford Plant Ensemble: Birth of the Automotive Industry (Michigan), New York City Skyscrapers (New York), Ancestral Lands of the Diné: Canyon de Chelly & Monument Valley (Navajo Nation)
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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

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. Site of 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