About Places in VOA Special English
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There are 96 fifteen-minute programs and 11 shorter ones.  That is about 22 hours of listening.

Buildings and Other Man-Made Things

  1. Seven Man-Made Wonders in the US - The Golden Gate Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Gateway Arch, Mount Rushmore, Hoover Dam, the Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings, and the Space Needle
  2. Hoover Dam (Near Las Vegas, Nevada)
  3. Mauna Kea Observatory (In Hawaii)
  4. Visiting the Embassies of Washington, D.C.
  5. Some Popular Aquariums - The Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, the Adventure Aquarium and the National Aquarium
  6. Visiting Missions (Early Catholic Churches) of California
  7. The Lighthouses Along the Coast of North Carolina
  8. The White House
  9. George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens (In Virginia)
  10. Ford's Theater (In Washington, DC)
  11. The Statue of Liberty
  12. America's Bureau of Engraving and Printing (In Washington, DC)


  1. Cape May, New Jersey
  2. Charleston, South Carolina
  3. Chicago, Illinois
  4. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  5. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  6. Tombstone, Arizona
  7. Washington DC: Visiting in the Autumn


  1. The Florida Keys (In Southern Florida)
  2. Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (In Massachusetts)


  1. American Folklife Center: Preserving the Voices, Songs and Stories of Everyday People
  2. Celebrity Museums
  3. The Gettysburg National Military Park and the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center (In Pennsylvania)
  4. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum Recreates Old Immigrant Life in New York City
  5. The Marian Koshland Science Museum (In Washington, DC)
  6. The National Air And Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center
  7. The National Museum of the American Indian (In Washington, DC)
  8. The National Museum of Natural History
  9. National Cryptologic Museum Is Filled With Secrets of the Past
  10. The Newseum: A Museum of News in Washington
  11. The South Street Seaport Museum (In New York City)
  1. * The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

National Parks

  1. Camping in America's National and State Parks
  2. Carlsbad Caverns National Park (In New Mexico)
  3. The Death Valley National Park
  4. The Dry Tortugas National Park (Off the Coast of Florida)
  5. Glen Echo Park (In Maryland) - The National Park Service now operates Glen Echo in cooperation with a group called the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture.
  6. The Grand Canyon: One of the World's Natural Wonders
  7. The Grand Canyon: A True Wonder of the World
  8. Mount Rainier National Park (In Washington) and the Valley Forge National Historical Park (In Pennsylvania)
  9. Four National Parks in Utah: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park
  10. Mesa Verde National Park (In Colorado)
  11. San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
  12. Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)
  13. Yellowstone National Park (In Wyoming)
  14. Yosemite National Park (In California)
  15. National Wildlife Refuge System - Many Include National Parks

National Monuments

  1. Bandelier National Monument and Taos Pueblo (In New Mexico)
  2. Castillo de San Marcos (Saint Augustine, Florida)
  3. The Colorado National Monument (Near Grand Junction, Colorado)
  4. Mount Saint Helens / Mount St. Helens / Mt. St. Helens
  5. The White Sands National Monument (In New Mexico)
  1. * Everglades National Park (Florida, USA)

Other Parks, Scenic Places

  1. Seven of America's Natural Wonders - Niagara Falls, the Everglades, the Badlands, the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, the Alaskan Glaciers and Mount Kilauea
  2. The Indiana Dunes (Near Chicago, Illinois) - The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Indiana Dunes State Park
  3. La Brea Tar Pits: Where Animals Lived, and Died, Thousands of Years Ago
  1. * The United States Botanic Garden (In Washington, DC)
  2. * The National Arboretum (In Washington, DC)

Rivers, Waterways and Lakes

  1. Along the Columbia River
  2. Along the Hudson River
  3. Along the Mississippi River
  4. Along the Missouri River - The Longest River in the United States
  5. Along the Potomac River
  6. Along the Rio Grande, Part 1
  7. Along the Rio Grande, Part 2
  8. The Erie Canal - America's First National Waterway
  9. Lake Champlain and the Finger Lakes (In New York, Vermont & Quebec)
  10. The Chesapeake Bay (In Maryland and Virginia)
  1. * The Great Lakes

Roads, Trails and Highways

  1. The Appalachian Trail: Through the Mountains of 14 States
  2. The Santa Fe Trail and Santa Fe
  3. Route 66 (From Chicago to Los Angeles)
  4. America's Interstate Highway System Has Almost 70,000 Kilometers of Roads


  1. Alaska and Hawaii: The Youngest States
  2. Alaska
  3. Vermont
  4. West Virginia

Places Outside the United States

  1. Egypt, Part 1: Exploring the Nile Valley
  2. Egypt, Part 2: A Visit to the Cultural Treasures in and Around Cairo
  3. Endangered Places Around the World
  4. The Galapagos Islands
  5. The Galapagos Islands and the Unusual Creatures That Live There
  6. Mount Everest
  7. The Vatican Museums Hold Some of the World's Greatest Art Treasures
  8. Stonehenge, the Ancient Mysterious Structure in Britain

Wonders of the World

  1. Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Plus a Few
  2. New Seven Wonders of the World Are Announced After Voting Campaign
  3. A New List of Wonders, From the Maya Pyramids to the Net
  4. These Places Are Natural Wonders of the World
  5. These Modern Structures Are Wonders of the World


  1. The Great Lakes
  2. The United States Botanic Garden (In Washington, DC)
  3. The National Arboretum (In Washington, DC)
  4. The Biltmore Estate (Asheville, North Carolina)
  5. Jamestown
  6. The United States Capitol in Washington, DC
  7. The Museum of Chinese in America (New York)
  8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
  9. Everglades National Park (Florida, USA)

Excerpts and Shorter Programs

  1. Museu Local: A Museum in Mozambique (4:46)
  2. Fort Knox (In Kentucky) (3:37)
  3. The National Museum of Crime and Punishment & Alcatraz Island (7:07)
  4. Eastern Market in Washington, DC (3:34)
  5. Wal-Mart (American Mosaic 2009) (4:01)
  6. Wal-Mart (Economics Report 2004) (3:50)
  7. The White House (3:35)
  8. Coppi's Italian Restaurant: A "Green" Business in Washington, DC (3:55)
  9. Washington, DC, the Capital City of the United States (4:03)
  10. The Empire State Building Goes Green (2:26)
  11. Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan (4:00)
  12. The Tallest Buildings in the World


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