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Kudzu Infestation in the United States

Introduced to the southeastern United States in the 19th century as an ornamental plant and to help fight against soil erosion, the perennial vine known as kudzu has infested tens of thousands of square kilometres in the US, wiping out forests and native vegetation while covering and engulfing entire buildings.

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Friday, 6th June 2014

The War of 1812 – USA

We recently took a look at important Canadian battlefield locations from the War of 1812, as well as a number of memorials. As a follow-up, here is a collection of equally-important sites in the USA, where the War covered a…

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Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

Creative Place Names: Kitchen Stuff

Here at Google Sightseeing we’re absolutely fascinated with the more unusual names that places have been given. There’s so much choice in this field that today we’re able to bring you another post about creative place names – but this…

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Friday, 21st January 2011

US Space & Rocket Center

NASA’s first visitor centre, and one of the world’s largest public collections of space bits is the U.S. Space and Rocket Center near Huntsville, AL. The main building houses hundreds of space-related artefacts, including bits of real moon rock and…

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Thursday, 12th February 2009

Streetview USA gets massive update

Yesterday, Google announced that they had added some extra cities to Street View, including Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Charleston, South Carolina. What’s even more interesting though, is that this update includes a lot of the places in-between places –…

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Wednesday, 10th December 2008

Guitar-Shaped Mansion

When this stunningly huge estate in Alabama was being designed, the owner must have anticipated the rise of Google Earth, because from down there it must be impossible to appreciate that the grounds have been landscaped into the shape of…

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Wednesday, 26th November 2008
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Lesotho: Kingdom in the Sky

Lesotho is one of the most unique countries on the planet. It’s the southernmost landlocked country, the largest country that’s entirely surrounded by another country, and the highest country on Earth. Yet, it doesn’t really show up on too many people’s radar. With the arrival of Google Street View imagery this month to Lesotho, it’s time to shed some light on the world’s largest enclave.

On this day: Mary Queen of Scots escaped Loch Leven castle

On May 2, 1568, Mary Queen of Scots escaped from Loch Leven Castle. After having been imprisoned on this isolated…

On this day: The Empire State Building was dedicated

On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building was dedicated. The 103-storey skyscraper was the tallest building in the world…

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