The stunning Cliffs of Moher are the most visited site on Ireland’s rugged west coast, drawing more than one million visitors each year. More than 20 species of birds make the Cliffs their home, including Atlantic puffins, gulls, hawks, and ravens. One of the best ways to see the cliffs is from above, like in this video from the Smithsonian Channel.
Patagonia is well known for its incredible landscapes in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is accessible either by highway or by the End of the World Train. Beginning in 1883, Ushuaia, Argentina was simply a prison colony intended for repeat offenders and serious criminals, following the example of the British prison colony in Tasmania and the French colony in Devil’s Island.
In 1909, the penal colony needed a way to get men from the jail to the woodcutting site where they would obtain firewood for cooking and heat. Eventually this“Convict Train” was used to create workshops in the area, where prisoners could learn the skills needed to find employment once they were released. As the community grew, opportunities became available for convicts at a press, bakery, sawmill, blacksmith, tailor and a shoemaker. Other workshops included photography, carpentry and cabinetmaking. The jail transitioned into a naval base in the 1940s, and after a particularly violent earthquake in 1949, the train stopped running. It was brought back to life in 1994, and now provides tourists a unique way to the entrance of Tierra del Fuego National Park.
Before the American Civil War, Savannah was the center of a vast cotton empire stretching across the south. Today, its numerous squares, azalea-laden parks, and picturesque cemeteries bear testimony to its founder, James Oglethorpe. The city remains full of green, with more than 5,000 oaks shading its streets and squares. Recognized as one of the nation’s largest historic districts, Savannah both preserves its history and offers plenty of new things to see and do. Here, check out 80 Moments in Savannah, from YouTube user DJ Sandoors.
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