Vanessa Hua, author, A River of Stars
Angkor Wat is where my husband proposed to me at dawn, the sky rosy and golden over the spires reflected in the moat. With its stunning bas-reliefs and crumbling temples in eternal battle with banyan trees, the temple complex inspires awe and contemplation of the sweep of history and the atrocities of war.
Lydia Kallipoliti, author, The Architecture of Closed Worlds
Famous for getting the first humans to the moon, the Apollo 11 command module is astoundingly small and unrefined yet evinces our innate desire to reach uninhabitable territories.
Gary Busey, actor and author, Buseyisms
Mount Rushmore is a miracle of art. The 60-foot granite sculpture, created by human beings dangling on swings from the top of a mountain, is a statement of the power and freedom of America.
Don Coscarelli, director, Phantasm, and author, True Indie
Godzilla—and I’m not talking about those anemic knockoffs from 1998 onward. Godzilla is the OG thunder lizard, born from undersea atomic testing, who lays waste to downtown Tokyo, breathes nuclear hellfire, and eats subway cars for breakfast. An entire generation of terrified kids can attest that this unholy monster definitively ranks as the eighth wonder of the world.