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Landmarks become 'waymarks' with digital photos and GPS

Canal Park Bridge, Parryville, Pa
Canal Park Bridge, Parryville, Pa
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Looking for a meaningful way to share your digital photography with a wide audience besides just posting photos online? Try 'Waymarking'.  Waymarks can be just about any kind of natural object, person, artwork or man-made sign, statue or structure. To create a waymark you log the coordinates of your photos and post it with a brief description to

Searching's database of photos can be addictive and hilarious and educational, too! You'll get new ideas for photography, for travel plans, day-trips and scavenger hunts. There are currently over 220,000 waymarks listed in nearly a thousand user-created categories.  

One category that never fails to generate squeals of delight is Ginormous Everyday Objects. You can really enjoy your armchair travel to gender-separated entrances, nude beaches, town clocks, gazebos, disaster memorials; bridges, tunnels, playgrounds and much, much more. There are also lots of engaging waymarking games and challenges, too!

The entire list of categories can be found here. You'll find everything from unusual mailboxes and painted garage doors; windmills, towers, smokestacks, factories, mazes, sinkholes and cemetaries to stained glass, temples, shooting ranges and gargoyles. There are blacksmith shops, tree-houses, movie set locations, odd intersections, weather vanes and ghost towns.

Sign up for a free membership and post your own waymarkings, too.  Wikipedia offers a concise definition on waymarking.  

Listed below are a few samples of the kind of things you may find while searching the site. Photos just have to see for yourself!

Checkpoint Charlie

in Border Crossings
Posted by: Bernd das Brot Team
N 52° 30.450 E 013° 23.416
Quick Description: One of the most famous spots of the Cold War
Location: Germany

Cadillac Ranch - Amarillo, TX
in Satellite Imagery OdditiesTen Cadillacs half-buried nose-first in the ground. West of Amarillo TX on the south side of I-40.

The World's Fanciest McDonalds, a former Mansion
in McDonald's Restaurants
This is McDonald's #12000 -- And a nice round number it is for such a fancy place, the site used to be a Mansion, and has been turned into a super-fancy McDonald's restaurant.

Shark Rock - Road To Cognition - Lenox MA
in Zippy the Pinhead Locations
One of many painted rocks in New England. While the info has it listed in Lenox it really is in Richmond which is on the way to Lenox if you are pointed in the right direction

St. Nicholas Church / Chrám Sv. Mikuláše - Prague (Czech Republic)
in Philatelic Photographs
St. Nicholas Church in Prague's Lesser Town (In Czech: Chrám Svatého Mikuláše na Malé Strane) is one of the most beautiful buildings of Bohemia Baroque and one from the most valuable Baroque buidings in Europe.

Lover's Leap at Rock City - Lookout Mountain, GA
in Picture Perfect Postcards
Lover's Leap provides excellent views, but it also supplies an stunning profile itself.

Badoca Park - Santiago do Cacem, Portugal
in Petting Farms and Zoos
Badoca Park is a Safari park in Alentejo, Portugal.

Trespassers will be Eaten - Rouge Park, Toronto, Canada
in Omnivorous Trees
A tree that has an appetite for signage

The Most Expensive Gas in American History - Gorda, CA
in News Article Locations
In March 2008, Gorda California registered the highest gasoline price in the United States: $5.20

Rosemount Alpaca Stud & Barn - Canungra, Australia
in Alpaca and Llama Farms
The Rosemount Alpaca Stud & Barn is located just outside Lamington National Park, a World Heritage Site, and has some beautiful scenic views in addition to views of alpacas.

U-Haul United We Stand: Washington D.C.
in U-Haul SuperGraphics
September 11, 2001 charged America. It changed the world. On that date, simply known as 9/11, the largest attacks on the United States of America took place. Over 2,900 people perished in the four attacks.
last visited: 11/27/2009

Kiss the Blarney Stone! Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland
in Urban Legends and Superstitions
Perhaps, one of the best known myths is the myth that kissing the Blarney Stone will give the gift of gab on all who kiss it.

Sydney Opera House. Sydney. NSW. Australia.
in Scenic at Night
The Sydney Opera House is situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The building and its surroundings are one of the best known icons of Australia.

The Rarangi Millennium Rock
in Made for the Millennium
The Rarangi Millennium Rock is situated in Rarangi, Marlborough. New Zealand. This is the site where the first rays of sun touched the South Island on January 1st 2000.

Device to Root Out Evil - Calgary, Alberta
in Abstract Public Sculptures
Created by Dennis Oppenheim, the "Device To Root Out Evil" has been brought by the Glenbow Museum and the Torode Group of Companies to Calgary, Alberta.

Mowry Headstone - North Smithfield, Rhode Island
in Zinc Headstones
Zinc headstone giving the family history of a family through nine generations in the Union Cemetery in North Smithfield, Rhode Island.

CONFLUENCE-Tigris -Euphrates
in River Origins, Destinations and Confluences
While I was serving in Iraq, we stopped at the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers where they become the Shatt-al-Arab.

Cregneash, Isle of Man
in Victorian Post Boxes
One of the more modern features of this ancient village!

Screaming Heads
in Haunted Attractions
Local artist Peter Camani has been placing these concrete forms throughout his property.

Redneck Parrotheads
in Waymark Sticker Seekers
What Would Jimmy Buffett Do?

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire, England, UK.
in Birdwatching Locations
Easily the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds! More than 200,000 birds at any one time (from April to August) make the chalk cliffs seem alive with adults bringing food to their nests.


  • Jake39 5 years ago

    Also look up the Hawaiian Category named "Hawaiian Historical Markers" found along roadways with the Hawaiian warrior on the plaque.

  • The Blue Quasar 5 years ago

    Good article!