Can You Guess the Place by a Picture of It?



By: Jonnathan Chadwick

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Have you ever been browsing social media only to see a picture of a place you've never seen before? Have you ever Googled that place and put it on your bucket list? If you've done that a lot, you might be able to get every one of these questions right.

There are at least 195 countries, thousands of cities, millions of neighborhoods and billions of places in the world. Once you expand into the digital world, even sites like Amazon and Facebook can be considered places, so the number of places on Earth reaches infinity. And that's not even counting the ocean. The world is a big place, and there are so many places to see and so little time to do so. The United States alone has thousands of monuments and landmarks that stand among the world's greatest, and the country isn't even 250 years old.

To narrow things down, we'll keep this quiz to the coolest places on Earth. Some of them are big, some of them are small and all of them are real. Can you identify a city based on its skyline? What about a world-famous beach? If you consider yourself well-traveled, here's the quiz to put your skills to the test. If you just need vacation ideas, this will work, too. Let's see what you got.

In what country will you find this Ancient Wonder of the World?

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and only ancient wonder that is still standing. Theories of how the pyramids were built have floated through the universe for millennia, and the mammoth structure would've required the manpower of hundreds of thousands of laborers.


Some of the world's most important issues are resolved in legislative buildings around the world. Which one is this?

Parliamentary and legislative buildings around the world are some of the best examples of architecture. The U.S. Capitol Building was built by slave labor and finished in 1800, and today it houses the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.


More than 1 million people visit this world-famous opera house each year. Where is it located?

The Sydney Opera House is probably the world's most recognizable, and in addition to 1.2 million event attendees, another 350,000 people visit the building each year to take a tour. It sits on Sydney Harbor, which hosts one of the world's most popular New Year's Eve celebrations.


More than 300,000 people visit the core of the Big Apple every day. What is it called?

Central Park and the NYC skyline are two of the most iconic images of the Big Apple, but Times Square might take the crown for the king of the city. The intersection of food, finance, entertainment and society is impossible to miss when visiting Manhattan.


Do you know this underwater ecosystem that is the biggest of its type in the world?

The Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia is one of Earth's greatest treasures. It is the largest system of reefs in the world and home to thousands of species of marine life. Almost 3,000 reefs and 900 islands are interconnected and span close to 1,500 miles.


Where is this tower that might never fall down?

Of all the monuments Italy has to offer, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most famous. The tower took 199 years to build and began sinking just five years into construction in 1178. It has been leaning ever since, but renovations might ensure it never falls.


What South American city does Christ the Redeemer look over?

The Christ the Redeemer statue is arguably the most famous statue of Jesus in the world, and it has stood atop Mt. Corcovado and looked over Rio since 1931. It became one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.


Where's this mysterious rock pattern that has become a symbol of Britain?

How in the world did Stonehenge get there and what in the world does it mean will likely be a mystery forever. The ring of 13-foot-tall, 25-ton stones dates as far back as 3,000 BC and it could have been a burial site.


The CN Tower is the king of this skyline. Do you know the city?

The "CN" in CN Tower stands for Canadian National, which was the name of the rail company that built the tower. Millions of people visit the structure each year, and until the Burj Khalifa rose in 2007, it was the tallest free-standing structure in the world.


This skyline features a sailboat-shaped hotel and the tallest building in the world. What city is it?

Dubai is the jewel of the United Arab Emirates and is home to the tallest building in the world (Burj Khalifa) and the sailboat-shaped Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. Dubai is one of the richest and most luxurious countries on the planet and is also home to the world's largest shopping mall.


This is the smallest country in the world. What is its name?

The Pope might be the most powerful person in the world, and his official residence is the Sistine Chapel, located in Vatican City. The city-state is also the least populous country on Earth and doesn't have a retail housing market.


What is the name of this tropical wetland that is home to some of the rarest and most endangered animals on Earth?

There is nothing like the Everglades on Earth, and they are a mix between the Amazon and the Congo all in Florida. The forest is home to the Florida panther and American crocodile and covers more than 1.5 million acres of land.


Where can you find this body of water known as Ha Long Bay?

You'll find unique rain forests sitting atop limestone towers that are sprouting out of sparkling emerald waters if you visit this body of water in Vietnam. The phrase "Ha Long" translates to "descending dragon" and the bay covers about 600 square miles of Earth.


The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed this ancient Roman city. What is it?

Roanoke Island, Easter Island, Tikal, Angkor, Petra and Pompeii are some of the world's most famous lost civilizations. Pompeii and its residents were essentially mummified and preserved under lava, and the city wasn't rediscovered until the 1500s.


You'll probably travel by gondola in this "Floating City." What's its name?

So many tourists want to visit this northern Italian city that officials have begun charging visitors to enter the city each day. Venice is made up of 118 islands separated by canals and connected by hundreds of bridges.


In what country will you find this geothermal spa known as the Blue Lagoon?

Iceland is known for its vistas of the Northern Lights, midnight suns and this geothermal spa known as the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is actually human-made and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.


Can you name this famous pattern of stars?

Every human on Earth should learn how to find the Big Dipper for the simple fact that the two stars at the end of its cup perfectly align with the North Star, and everybody should know how to find the North Star.


In 2019, this iconic United States National Park celebrated its 100th anniversary. Where is it?

It took millions of years for river water to carve out the Grand Canyon, and today it is one of the most popular natural landmarks in the world. The canyon became a national park in 1919 and is located in Arizona.


In what country will you find the ancient city of Petra?

Petra in Jordan is consistently voted as a must-visit destination in the world. The archaeological site dates back to the 5th century BC and is the most visited site in the country. It eventually fell to the Roman Empire but flourished during the 1st century AD.


What is the name of this planet that was first photographed in 1946?

The Blue Planet (aka Earth) is the only planet where life as we know it exists. Throughout billions of years the perfect amount of the ideal elements all came together for Earth to form, and we will probably never fully understand how or why. It was first seen from space in 1946.


This palace is where Napoleon used to throw his parties. What's its name?

There is no shortage of historical monuments in France, and the Palace of Versailles regularly rivals the Louvre, Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower as the most visited in the country. Today it is practically a museum, but it was the site of some of France's most important moments.


What's the name of this California neighborhood that served as the epicenter of the 1960s counterculture movement?

San Francisco is home to some of America's most iconic neighborhoods, but the Haight-Ashbury district might be the city's most famous. It is the epitomic physical manifestation of everything 1960s and served as the center of the counterculture movement.


This Greek island is famous for its blue-topped roofs and rugged landscape. What's its name?

You only have to look at summer vacation pictures for a few seconds before stumbling across a Greek island, and this one, Santorini, is one of the most famous. It's known for its white homes, blue roofs and lava-carved landscape.


Can you name this place that is also the largest desert in the world?

It's not the easiest place to travel to, but it is one of the places that every person should visit before they die. Nothing compares to Antarctica, and the land is the most mysterious continent on Earth. Despite its cold weather, it's a desert, the largest in the world.


The skyline of this city features more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world. Where is it?

A skyscraper is a building at least 150 meters tall, and Hong Kong is home to more than 350 of them. New York City has the second most skyscrapers with 277, and Shanghai rounds out the top three with 218 skyscrapers.


This legislative building is one of the most visited in the world. Where is it?

The Hungarian Parliament building sits just on the Pest side of Budapest directly along the Danube River. It is one of the most famous legislative buildings in the world and is the biggest building in Hungary.


Can you name this airport that is home to the world's tallest indoor waterfall?

Singapore is smaller than the city of New York and has a smaller population, but the country is one of the richest in the world. The city-state is full of uber-modern architecture and cutting edge technology around every corner. Its airport is rated as one of the best in the world.


Do you know the name of this estate that is considered the largest private house in America?

North Carolina's Biltmore Estate looks like it was plucked from a Disney fairytale, but it's a real American house. The home was built for the Vanderbilt family and it has a winery, hotel and village on premises. The building has 250 rooms and more than 60 fireplaces.


In what country will you find the largest salt flat in the world?

Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni takes the crown as the largest salt flat in the world and has consistently been voted as a must-visit destination. The salt plain formed when lakes dried up, and the site is one of the world's richest reserves of lithium deposits, which is the element used in cell phone batteries.


What is the name of this planet where it rains diamonds?

Jupiter is the sixth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in our solar system by far. It is more than double the size of all the other planets combined and has at least 79 moons. It might also rain diamonds on the planet.


Almost 100,000 people attend the Burning Man festival every year. What is the name of this temporary city in the desert?

Burning Man's temporary city in the Black Rock Desert is called Black Rock City. The summer festival has been held since 1986 and is one of the most unique festivals in the world. There is no single focus, and visitors take part in a variety of activities.


You may recognize this forest for inspiring the 2009 movie "Avatar," but do you know what it's called?

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park looks like something out of this world and became China's first national forest in 1982. Visitors can wander through cliff-side walkways and glass skywalks close to 5,000 high. The park is also home to the world's tallest outdoor elevator.


Do you know the name of this Tokyo location that is known as the "Times Square" of Asia and the busiest intersection in the world?

If you've ever seen an image of the bustling downtown area of Tokyo, you've probably seen Shibuya Crossing. The intersection is more trafficked than Times Square and is rumored to be the busiest intersection in the world.


This $2 billion home called Antilia is the largest private residence in the world. Where is it located?

The most expensive residential property in the world is London's Buckingham Palace, which is home to the British Royal Family and will likely never be for sale. The most valuable private residence in the world is this $2 billion home in India known as Antilia.


Can you name these South American waterfalls that make up the largest waterfall system in the world?

Spanish conquistadors discovered Iguazu Falls in the 16th century, and the name roughly translates to "big water." The falls sit in both Brazil and Argentina, and there are 275 drops that reach 269 feet tall.


It's not the tallest structure in the city, but the Pearl Tower on this city's skyline is the star of the show. What is the city?

The Shanghai Tower is about 500 feet taller than the Oriental Pearl Tower, but it's hard to tell from Shanghai's skyline. The Pearl Tower is probably the most iconic structure in the world's most populous city.


Where can you find these sandstone structures?

You'll find Antelope Canyon on Navajo land in Arizona's southwest desert. The two sections of the canyon called "The Crack" and "The Corkscrew" are popular tourist destinations in the area, but no one can visit the canyon on their own. You'll have to book through a tour group.


You've probably seen this Italian cliffside village in a picture or two. Do you know its name?

This quaint and colorful village on Italy's southern Amalfi coast is a top vacation destination during summer time. If you can't make it to the fishing town for vacation, you can surely catch images of it all over the Internet or in one of many films.


Millions of animals migrate to this Kenyan national reserve each year. What is it called?

Africa has no shortage of majestic animals roaming on protected reserves, and Maasai Mara is one of the most famous places in the world to see African wildlife. Between July and November, more than 2 million animals migrate through the area.


You've probably seen this cove before. On what Greek island can you find it?

Here's another Greek island you've probably seen before and would perhaps like to visit. The turquoise waters of Navagio Beach (aka Shipwreck Beach) can be recognized all over the world. The wrecked MV Panagiotis sits on the beach's white sands.


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