Madame Tussauds on the other hand...
Even if it has changed, I'd recommend to anyone going there to walk it if they have the time and money. It was at least half the experience for me - walking this beautifully crafted winding path for days, past little outposts, to finally arrive at a (previously) hidden city. The view of the stars/milky way was breathtaking up there too.
True about the other, less busy, Incan ruins. Definitely worth visiting, especially the ones half buried in the undergrowth if you like that Indiana Jones vibe. If they still are, that is... :/
The Liberty Bell, Little Mermaid statue - nothing much to write home about. Madame Tussauds - kitschy, not really my thing, but I can see how some would enjoy it.
Smithsonian is totally awesome though. Julia Child's kitchen and THE red shoes, Native Americans, Space and Kermit ... Always love the Art Galleries and the Monuments too. One of my favourite places in USA.
btw you're right most of the museums in other cities in the US are not free, but all of the national parks are free and they're great.
And the Colosseum is great if you have an interesting guide.
I'm not lucky enough to have seen most of these sites though :-(
If there's not a charge for Acadia, you at least have to check in & get a hang-tag pass for your car - there again, my lifetime pass came in really handy. And Acadia is truly, in the truest sense of the word, awesome.
But in terms of classical art and sculpture, historical anthropological artifacts, and ancient ruins... the museums and points of interest in Paris, London, Rome, Athens, Cairo, Hong Kong, Madrid, Venice, Jerusalem, Istanbul, et cetera have significantly more to offer.
Science is not just Air and Space, where of course Smithsonian certainly excels all since USA has the originals for so much of the history of flight and space exploration.
Our national parks are free also.
But if idiots want to spend the extra money to do that then I'm not going to stop them
I missed the Statue of Liberty and Machu Picchu, probably because I've never been to either - not that I've been to ALL the others, but they have all been on my radar at one time or another.
IMHO that's a really bad clue, it could be basically anything.
From my experience, Taj Mahal is indeed overrated, overrated as hell. It was made by a King for his 2nd wife. That also a lot of historical evidences have found that Taj Mahal was actually a Hindu temple called Tejo Mahalaya and that Shah Jahan just converted and modified to make it look more Islamic.
Next time when you visit India, avoid Taj Mahal if possible. Taj Mahal is in Agra surrounded by cities bleaching smokes. It's turning greenish blue nowadays.
There are millions of better places to visit in India which worth's millions more than Taj Mahal. If you love nature, you can visit Gir National Park to see lions or Sundarban to see Tigers. You can also visit, Bandipur, Kaziranga (famous for Tigers and Rhinoceros), Jim Corbett, Rathambore, Silent Valley, Neora Valley (famous for Red Pandas) and there are so many more forests in India.But if you love monuments and architecture, visit Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, or Dilwara in Rajasthan.
Mermaid -> I was there in the summer and there were, what, 10 people? Clearly not crowded.
And the Taj Mahal comes close behind for the same reason - it is huge, so much bigger than I had thought, especially as it's 17th century, and genuinely beautiful.
As for the pile of rocks, I live an hour from Stonehenge, but don't really get it. And the price to get on a bus and then stand a long way from the stones is jawdropping in a bad way!
There's even a joke in Russia that all Czar things never worked: Czar Bell haven't rung, Czar Cannon never shot (btw, recently proven false), Czar Tank never rode to battle and Czar-Rag never cleaned a state (a cheap shot towards, admittedly, awful at ruling a state last Russian monarch).
I would however suggest to be more flexible on answers acceptance.
For example, "Pisa" or "Pisa tower" should be accepted, without the need of writing "leaning".
Also, "Pyramids" should be accepted in my opinion.
Still, very nice quiz concept!
Top of Statue of Liberty and Empire State Building? Had the space to ourselves. (I was 12.)
Louvre? Yeah, crowds in front of you-know-who, but plenty of room to see so many treasures. When I finally found the Delacroix painting of Chopin I longed to see, I was the only one in the room.
A fun quiz, novel idea!