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Los Angeles Times - - TRAVEL - — Mary For­gione

What is it about an old fed­eral pen­i­ten­tiary that’s so ap­peal­ing to tourists? San Fran­cisco’s Al­ca­traz beat out the Golden Gate Bridge, the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial and the Statue of Lib­erty to be se­lected the No. 1 land­mark in the U.S. in Trip Ad­vi­sor’s re­cent Trav­el­ers’ Choice awards. It also ranked as the sev­enth most pop­u­lar land­mark in the world, be­tween the spec­tac­u­lar cathe­dral in Mi­lan, Italy (No. 6), and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro (No. 8). The rest of the top five picks in the U.S.: the Golden Gate Bridge, also in San Fran­cisco, fol­lowed by the Lin­coln Me­mo­rial in Washington, the Na­tional Sept. 11Me­mo­rial & Mu­seum in New York and the USS Ari­zona in Pearl Har­bor, Hawaii. For the world: Angkor Wat in Cam­bo­dia is No. 1, fol­lowed by Machu Picchu in Peru and the Taj Ma­hal in In­dia. To see com­plete lists: www.lat.ms/1fkq2tK

Bob Cham­ber­lin L.A. Times

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