North America

Reliant Astrodome, Houston

Built in 1965 and once home to the Houston Astros and the Houston Oilers, the Reliant Astrodome is now part of Reliant Park and sits next to the new Reliant Stadium (to the left, still under construction in this photo),…

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Wednesday, 4th May 2005

Rikers Island

Rikers Island is New York City’s largest jail facility and has 15,000 inmates. The only access to (and exit from) the island is via the Rikers Island Bridge to the south. Thanks: Michael Kizer & Karen

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

State Capitol, Madison

Reaching to a height of over 200 feet, the Madison State Capitol dome is the only granite dome in the United States and is topped by Daniel Chester French’s bronze statue, “Wisconsin”. The building is also distinguished as being the…

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

The San Jacinto Monument

A monument to the battle that won Texas’ independence, the San Jacinto Monument is the world’s tallest memorial column. At 570 feet, it’s 15 feet higher than the Washington Memorial. Also at the site is the permanently berthed Battleship Texas.…

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Tuesday, 3rd May 2005

Union Square, San Francisco

Another post for the Crowds category is the packed Union Square in San Francisco. I have no idea why crowds seem to only form in San Franciso. I also have no idea what all those people are doing there? Thanks:…

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Monday, 2nd May 2005

Lucky Peak Dam

Located on the Boise River is the Lucky Peak Dam with its message to the world: “Keep Your Forests Green”. The 340 feet tall dam was completed in 1955 and can be seen from ground level here. Thanks: Josh H

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Sunday, 1st May 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Previously on Google Sightseeing

The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an American architect known for his bold and unconventional designs for buildings which often significantly (and controversially)…

Trollstigen (Troll’s path)

In a country renowned for its natural beauty, one of the most spectacular landscapes is found along the Trollstigen (Troll’s…

Fill ‘er Up!

In the early days of mass automotive travel, fuel stations often resorted to some wacky gimmicks to differentiate themselves from the pack and lure in customers, such as novelty architecture that made the station building even more of a roadside attraction than the fuel they were selling. Today, many of these wacky 1930s-era stations are icons to thousands of visitors every year.

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