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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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Road Trip: 2021

- Glacier National Park (Montana)

- Yellowstone National Park (Montana, Wyoming)

- Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (Ohio)

- Fallingwater (Pennsylvania)

- Moravian Church Settlements (Pennsylvania)

- Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (Virginia)

- Poplar Forest (Virginia)

- Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee, North Carolina)

- Civil Right Movement Sites (Alabama, Georgia, Kansas)

- Monumental Earthworks of Poverty Point (Louisiana)

Closest WHS to Visit

- San Juan County: Aztec Ruins National Monument & Pueblo Pintado

- 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

- Big Island: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visited Sites Kyle Magnuson

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  • Natural
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Recent Reviews Kyle Magnuson

Rural Temples of Cusco (T)

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 08-Aug-19

Rural Temples of Cusco (T)

The Church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas, the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes" was mostly lost to me in 2009. Its hard to appreciate such a structure without information and during a pit-stop on the way to Puno! Granted, the church does not take much time to explore, its murals and elaborate interior are exceptional. Considering this nomination has 10 components, this can barely be counted as a visit. However, since The Church of San Pedro Apóstol de Andahuaylillas is one of the key properties I though I would write a review.

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Mount Vernon (T)

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 19-Apr-19

Mount Vernon (T)

Mount Vernon simply cannot be separated with the man and its not what the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association want. As stated on the official website, "The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association is an intrepid group of American patriots who have been preserving and promoting George Washington's Mount Vernon for more than 160 years." If the property was managed by the National Park Service, perhaps the narrative of Mount Vernon would be more expansive in scope. The justification of Outstanding Universal Value outlined in the nomination refers to Mount Vernon as an "evolved cultural landscape of the 18th-century American south".

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Carlsbad Caverns

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 26-Dec-18

Carlsbad Caverns

Government Shutdown: Review

After the uproar of the 2013 government shutdown which laster 16 days, the National Park Service developed a contingency plan that allowed many national park service sites to remain partially open, but without any form of visitor services (concessions, tours, visitor center, restrooms, etc). However, NPS sites with vulnerable or fragile resources such as Native American ruins, historic buildings, and caverns were locked and closed. In addition, no fees were collected.

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Route of Magellan (T)

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 02-Sep-18

Route of Magellan (T)

A cultural route that connects Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Chile, Indonesia, Philippines, Portugal, and Spain? This is an ambitious undertaking only comparable to the Silk Road and Qhapaq Ñan world heritage sites.

Based on numerous tangible and intangible elements, its still unclear which sites would make up this world circumnavigating route. One wonders will there actually be large natural marine areas from Africa to South America included as components? 

"A fascinating trail whose waterways, landscapes and geographical landmarks remains intact as they were seen by Magellan and his sailors 500 years ago." - UNESCO description

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Monastery of Alcobaça

Kyle Magnuson California - United States of America - 02-Sep-18

Monastery of Alcobaça

This was the first monastery we visited on our road trip to Coimbra. It certainly was not a disappointment as the day was ideal for these rural small town monasteries. The royal pantheon is noteworthy and the details on these tombs are really superb. These sarcophagi with their stories finely carved on their exteriors are memorable.

There are some unique elements to Alcobaça that stand out. The kitchen (later addition) is so huge that at first I was not sure this is actually what it was. The Cloister of Silence is really special, the carvings and statuettes are finely detailed. It was fairly obvious which cloister columns have been repaired. Certain columns looked almost new, while others were heavily weather-worn. 

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Kyle Magnuson
California - United States of America
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Imperial Palace (China), The Great Wall (China), El Pinacate (Mexico), Machu Picchu (Peru), Istanbul (Turkey), Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (USA), Grand Canyon (USA), Mesa Verde (USA), Redwoods (USA), Yosemite (USA)
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)

Recently Visited WHS

Update 22.07.21
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

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