September 16, 2019
In 1859, when an American farmer shot a pig on an island that both Britain and America claimed, a twelve-year-long standoff known as the Pig War began.
September 9, 2019
In the middle of Flamenco Beach lies an abandoned U.S. army tank covered in graffiti -- a remnant of a time when the U.S. valued Puerto Rico for its strategic military value.
September 2, 2019
Alaska's Bagley Icefield is a gargantuan pool of solid ice that spans 120 miles. It produces many glaciers, including the massive Bering Glacier, which deposits 6.5 trillion tons of water a year into the Gulf of Alaska.
August 26, 2019
As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought...
August 12, 2019
The Florida Everglades are home to a patchwork of ecosystems in a constant state of change--so much so, they look different from one year to the next. Here's how this magnificent floating landscape came to be.
August 5, 2019
More than half a century ago, civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality in Montgomery, inspiring a national movement through acts of nonviolence.
July 29, 2019
In 1862, Lincoln signed the Homestead Act into law. For just eighteen dollars, the law entitled men over twenty-one to claim 160 acres of land, provided they farmed it successfully for five years.
July 22, 2019
New-Agers have been coming to Sedona for years because of its mysterious spiritual energy, but they weren't the first to believe in its religious power.
July 15, 2019
On November 6th, 1805, the Columbia River finally brought Lewis and Clark to their journey's end at the Pacific coast.
July 8, 2019
The deadliest battle of the Civil War took place on this small piece of farmland that has become known simply as Gettysburg.
July 1, 2019
With fields full of pumpkins and forests full of ghosts, this New England state might be the perfect place for tricks and treats.
June 24, 2019
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off every January in Park City, Utah - it's now one of the largest independent film festivals in the world.
June 17, 2019
Set in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, New Vrindaban is home to the largest Hare Krishna community in America. It's also known as "America's Taj Mahal."
June 10, 2019
Del Webb was a real estate mogul with a dream - of creating a new kind of village where senior citizens could grow old in comfort and style.
June 3, 2019
The Port of Miami is as well known for its connection to the drug trade as Miami Beach is for its wild parties.
May 27, 2019
Route 66 might be all-but obsolete now that interstate highways traverse the country, but during the 1920s and 30s, it was the "Mother Road," leading desperate Americans out to the promising west.
May 20, 2019
From bungee jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge to trekking up Pike's Peak on the Cog Railway, Colorado is the ultimate vacation destination for adventurers everywhere.
May 13, 2019
Almost a month after 200 Texan rebels were defeated at the Battle of the Alamo, the rebel army got its revenge, earning Texas its independence.
May 6, 2019
Experience Glacier National Park's awe-inspiring peaks, untouched forests, pristine alpine meadows, and breathtaking lakes.
April 29, 2019
Farmers have turned Kansas' fertile land from prairie to crop fields, making the state America's breadbasket; it's now first in the production of sorghum, second in wheat, and seventh in corn.
April 22, 2019
Carmel, California, is home to thriving marine population and breathtakingly gorgeous coasts. No wonder the actor wanted to run it.
April 15, 2019
Long before settlers set foot in Indiana, many Native American tribes lived there undisturbed. But trouble started brewing when Europeans and Americans arrived and fought for control of the land.
April 8, 2019
Covering 1,700 square miles, Utah's Great Salt Lake is the biggest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere.
April 1, 2019
Many ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman.
March 26, 2019
The old mill town of Lowell was named for an industrial pioneer who helped give birth to Massachusetts' and America's industrial age.
March 25, 2019
Eighty million years ago, western Kansas was underwater; the remains of what lived in the sea then turned into chalk, eventually eroding into the large rocks that now tower over the flat countryside.
March 18, 2019
The breathtaking beaches and quaint seaside cottages of Martha's Vineyard make it a dream vacation destination for many of its visitors - some of which include presidents, celebrities, and even one famous, fictional shark.
March 11, 2019
For the Osage Nation of Missouri, signing an 1808 peace treaty with the U.S. government was the beginning of a path to betrayal and broken promises.
March 4, 2019
While Yellowstone has a reputation for beauty and leisure, it can also be a dangerous place. One man, Truman Everts, discovered this firsthand in 1870 when he became lost there for 37 days.
February 25, 2019
Every year, people are injured or killed at Yellowstone with distressing regularity: from the two women who tried to take a selfie with an elk, to victims of bear attacks, to people falling into the thermal pools.
February 18, 2019
Mount St. Helens sits quietly now, but her legacy is one of devastating destruction.
February 11, 2019
Built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, the Yukon and White Pass Railway is a stunning sight. Given its speedy, two-year construction, this narrow gauge railroad, with its sky-high beams, is quite the marvel.
February 4, 2019
Southern California is home to some of the most extreme landscapes on the planet--none more so than Death Valley where, in 1913, the temperatures reached a world-record high of 134 degrees fahrenheit.
January 28, 2019
Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, called Kentucky his home. Today, in the town of Rosine, musicians gather every Friday night to honor Monroe's legacy.
January 21, 2019
On September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idaho's Snake River Canyon.
January 14, 2019
Georgia may be known for its peaches, but this four-story water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina was designed as a giant peach to let the world know that South Carolina produces the most peaches in America.
January 7, 2019
It's hard to imagine a better outcome than the one engineered by George Washington crossing the Delaware River in 1776 with 2,400 troops. This is how he did it, and then won the Battle of Trenton.
December 24, 2018
Two of the most well-known Pennsylvania pioneers have become household names, with factories that continue to produce two classic American products - Hershey's chocolate and Yuengling's beer.
December 17, 2018
Custer's Last Stand took place at the Little Bighorn River, where he led over two hundred soldiers into battle against thousands of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors.
December 10, 2018
When Nebraska was a territory, Omaha had served as it's capital, but after statehood a town called Lancaster was chosen instead and renamed, Lincoln.
December 3, 2018
When they first arrived on the coastline, the Pilgrims anchored in Provincetown before crossing Cape Cod Bay and settling in the more sheltered haven of Plymouth.
November 26, 2018
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved properties, Taliesin, was inspired by Wisconsin's natural beauty. But its history is mired in tragedy.
November 20, 2018
J.S. Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother him.
November 19, 2018
Where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil and where the first juke joints started playing a new kind of American music, Clarksdale is the birthplace of Delta Blues.
November 13, 2018
Five hundred passionate Civil War reenactors gather every year to live in period tents, wear costumes and play out every step of the little-known Battle of Port Hudson.
November 12, 2018
A harbortown at heart, Portland Maine has a rich history in everything from prose to Prohibition.
November 5, 2018
Carved by the epic force of melting glacial ice, Niagara Falls instills awe in its visitors through its natural majesty and its raw power.
October 29, 2018
For twenty years, the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Davis blazed trails for African Americans as the U.S. Army's first peacetime regiments of black troops.
October 22, 2018
What the farmers who settled Oklahoma's lands didn't know was that the years of plentiful rain were only a brief segment of a cycle that would bring drought, dust storms, and devastation.
October 15, 2018
The world's biggest dam at the time of its construction, Hoover Dam solved the problem of the overflowing Colorado river with sleek design and brilliant American engineering.
October 8, 2018
In the late 1700s, more than 60 million bison roamed the Great Plains. Over the years, demand for fur and meat drove their numbers down until, by the end of the 19th century, there were just a 1,000 left.
October 1, 2018
If you fly over the Great Plains today, giant squares of land immediately stand out. Many of these are the 160-acre plots forged out of the prairie by 19th-century pioneers, a legacy of the Homestead Act of 1862.
September 24, 2018
Separated from their mainland cousins for 10,000 years, kodiak bears have become the largest subspecies of brown bear on Earth. Here's what it takes to feed them.
September 17, 2018
There's something about New York City that Hollywood can't resist, since the early 1900's the city has served as the setting for thousands of films.
September 10, 2018
One of Yellowstone's most popular attractions, the Grand Prismatic Spring is home to some of the earliest forms of life on Earth.
September 4, 2018
In 1957, the Little Rock Nine, as they came to be known, returned to Arkansas' Little Rock Central High School day after day, facing angry crowds opposed to desegregation.
August 27, 2018
Puerto Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn and rice to bananas, plantains, and mangoes.
August 21, 2018
America is one of the most breathtaking and diverse geographical places on Earth. From monuments to mountains and canyons to coastlines, take a speedy aerial tour through our country's most stunning sites.
August 20, 2018
In a shining moment of American history, two brothers from Ohio put North Carolina on the map for being the place where they turned their fantasy of flight into reality.
August 13, 2018
From a secret underground command center carved out of the Rocky Mountains, the North American Aerospace Defense Command used to watch the skies for Soviet missiles and prepare for a nuclear attack.
August 6, 2018
Growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River fueled the imagination of a young boy named Samuel Clemens. The world would later know him as Mark Twain.
July 30, 2018
Home of Amelia Earhart and the first commercially produced plane in the country, Kansas has earned its reputation as the capital of flight.
July 23, 2018
Near the turn of the 20th century, Alaska lured thousands of eager prospectors in search of precious minerals to its bountiful mountains. What many found was far more treacherous.
July 16, 2018
The early 19th-century discovery of lead in Wisconsin attracted miners from Cornwall. The peculiar, makeshift dwellings they slept in gave the state its nickname.
July 9, 2018
In the early 1980s, an Indian guru named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh arrived in the town of Antelope, Oregon and set up a commune for his followers. It was the beginning of an extraordinary sequence of bizarre events.
July 3, 2018
Entering the Indiana State Reformatory in 1924 as a petty thief, John Dillinger left as a hardened and dangerous criminal. Countless bank robberies and prison breaks later, he soon sealed his fate as one of the nation's most notorious criminals.
June 18, 2018
In an unwelcome environment, building an eco-friendly house is a major challenge. But architect Mike Reynolds thinks he's found a design solution in his innovative "Earthships."
June 11, 2018
The waters of Lake Erie may be peaceful today, but in the early nineteenth century they were filled with battleships.
June 5, 2018
Unhappy wives flocked to Reno in 1931. It was easier to get divorced in Reno that anywhere else in the country - and that turned the little city into the capital of unhappy couples.
June 4, 2018
In the midst of the biggest crises of his presidency, John F. Kennedy always knew there was one place he could go to collect his thoughts alone: his decadent family summer home in Hyannis Port.
May 29, 2018
Grab your ticket for a scenic cross-country flight, from the mountains to the prairies, and from sea to shining sea.
May 28, 2018
Sand dunes, salt plains, and toxic soils: the vast "deserts" of Oklahoma are more than unusual.
May 16, 2018
Much of the water in the US comes from the Rocky Mountains, so mineral mines nearby must take extra precautions not to pollute the drinking water of milllions.
May 7, 2018
When a Minnesota boy named Bob Zimmerman began playing folk music in coffeehouses, he changed his stage name and went on to become the musical genius known as Bob Dylan.
April 30, 2018
Pennsylvania's Amish population maintains its religious practices and austere way of life, tending some of the most productive farmland in the country.
April 23, 2018
First conquered in 1992, the climb up the east side of a 300-foot rock pillar named "Monkey Face" has become the ultimate rock-climbing challenge.
April 16, 2018
Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch is an all inclusive film location in New Mexico.
April 9, 2018
Historically feared by humans, brown bears were once aggressively hunted in the contiguous U.S. Because of this, 95% of these majestic creatures live in Alaska.
April 2, 2018
In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estate. He would secretly divert the water from an entire river valley in the north to the city.
March 26, 2018
As more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, the local Mexican authorities regarded them with suspicion. This would set off a chain of events culminating in the Bear Flag Revolt.
March 6, 2018
Wyoming was the first state to allow women the right to vote in 1870, and when Congress threatened to derail Wyoming's statehood unless the right was revoked, the state refused to back down.
March 5, 2018
With gardens, skylights, and the famous dome room, Jefferson designed his home to be more than a place to live; it was his architectural legacy.
February 27, 2018
Ranchers, cowboys and gunslingers dominated the Wild West, and in the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid proved that he was one of the most ruthless and cunning outlaws around.
February 26, 2018
In 1992, Christopher McCandless set off to test if he could survive alone in the wilds of Alaska. It didn't go as planned.
February 20, 2018
In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarks. He would later go on to became one of nature's greatest advocates.
February 19, 2018
One of America's greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. It's only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon Trail.
February 13, 2018
The Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animals: saber-toothed cats, large-headed pigs, and even the first camels.
February 12, 2018
The white beaches on the Florida Panhandle make up what's known as Florida's forgotten coast; its sandy beaches and natural beauty have remained trapped in time.
February 6, 2018
Kentucky's State Penitentiary has been serving up justice since 1889 - a time when family feuds, like the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feuds, were settled with violence and blood.
January 29, 2018
In the middle of Flamenco Beach lies an abandoned U.S. army tank covered in graffiti -- a remnant of a time when the U.S. valued Puerto Rico for its strategic military value.
January 22, 2018
Alaska's Bagley Icefield is a gargantuan pool of solid ice that spans 120 miles. It produces many glaciers, including the massive Bering Glacier, which deposits 6.5 trillion tons of water a year into the Gulf of Alaska.
January 15, 2018
As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought...
January 8, 2018
Lewis and Clark first met Sacajawea and her French husband Toussaint Charbonneau in the Dakota Territory. The couple joined the expedition, acting as translators and guides.
December 5, 2017
The Horse Whisperer, shot in Montana and starring Robert Redford, tells the story of a troubled family, a troubled horse, and the horse whisperer who brings them together.
September 25, 2017
Scientists still don't entirely comprehend the 1.5 billion year history of the Grand Canyon; it's a story of erosion that has created one of the most breathtaking sites in America.
September 19, 2017
Originally home to the first NASA space station and post-WWII's Operation Paperclip, quaint Huntsville, Alabama is etched in history as 'Rocket City.'
September 18, 2017
The engineers working on 3 World Trade Center in New York are among the most daring around. Not only do they operate their machinery up to 1,000 feet above street level, they do it without a safety harness.
September 11, 2017
Charleston's history and residents are nothing if not colorful.
August 28, 2017
Every day, a group of detainees leave Rikers' Island prison in New York. Not to go to court, but to volunteer for an unusual job: digging graves.
August 21, 2017
A giant 2.2-acre terrarium, Biosphere 2 was hailed as a marvel of modern science - until the scientists who volunteered to live inside it were embroiled in scandalous rumors of sex and deceit.
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