Your 7 Regional Wonders

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Leave it to our readers to think big.

Shortly after the New 7 Wonders of the World (the Taj Mahal, the Roman Colosseum, Machu Picchu, etc.) were announced in July, we solicited your choices for this region's standouts -- man-made wonders within a four-hour drive of Washington. Yes, we know: There's no equivalent to the Great Wall of China in Largo, but still . . .

We winnowed down your nominations to 20 finalists, then opened up the voting online for the top seven.

After tallying thousands of votes, we now present your outsize selections for the must-see sites of the mid-Atlantic:

* A 20-foot statue of our 16th president.

* The tallest building in New York.

* A span that once held the title of world's longest suspension bridge.

* One of the world's largest cathedrals.

* A humongous woman carrying a torch.

* This country's premier icon of power and its massive dome.

That said, there was still room for the simpler, smaller miracle that is Fallingwater, the cantilevered masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and perched over a Pennsylvania stream.

We take a look at this region's 7 Wonders, including their history, how to see them and what makes them special, plus one tidbit you may not know about each one. (If you've been dying to know how many times the Empire State Building is hit by lightning each year, you're in luck.)

Love the list? Beg to differ? Join us at 2 p.m. Monday at www.washington during our weekly chat and let us know.

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