Smart News Travel | Smithsonian feed for Smart News TravelenFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:34:56 +0000New Charter Flight Takes Passengers to See the Southern Lights first "Flight to the Lights" took 130 skygazers to get up close with the Aurora AustralisFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:34:56 +0000This Eccentric 19th-Century Transportation Magnate May Have Inspired Jules Verne Francis Train traveled around the world three times in his increasingly weird lifeFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:21:47 +0000Mount Etna’s Fiery Eruptions Are Visible From Space Thomas Pesquet captured an image of the volcano's glowing lavaFri, 24 Mar 2017 13:54:43 +0000Vandals Deface Rock Art In Chad's Ennedi World Heritage Site were written in French and Arabic on some of the area's rock art, which can date back as far as 8,000 yearsThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:00 +0000Tour Company Offers (Very Expensive) Dives to 'Titanic' Wreckage a mere $105,129 per person, thrill-seekers can explore the ruins of the ill-fated shipWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000One of Christianity's Holiest Sites Gets Its Grand Unveiling team of 50 experts spent nine months cleaning and reinforcing the shrine that is believed to be above Jesus' tombWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Norwegians Are Named 2017's Happiest People countries take the top spots in the annual World Happiness ReportTue, 21 Mar 2017 20:49:27 +0000Man Charged After Slashing Gainsborough Painting at the National Gallery, preliminary reports suggest that "The Morning Walk" can be repairedTue, 21 Mar 2017 13:12:35 +0000Chile Designates 11 Million Acres of Land as National Parks by the donation of 1 million acres of privately owned land, the country is adding five parks to its systemMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:14:53 +0000Utah Chooses New State Works of Art rock art and Robert Smithson's “Spiral Jetty” are poised to become state symbolsThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:26:45 +0000Researchers Find the First Naturally Fluorescent Frog Species polka-dot tree frog emits a blue-green glow under UV light, which is an unusual feature for land-dwelling crittersWed, 15 Mar 2017 18:48:43 +0000China Approves Massive National Park to Protect Its Last Big Cats 5,600-square-mile reserve along the Russian border will safeguard rare Amur leopards and Siberian TigersWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:28:36 +0000Thornbury Castle, Honeymoon Spot of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, On Sale for $10.3 million property boasts boasts 28 bedrooms, sprawling Tudor gardens and restaurant experience in the dungeonsTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:02:11 +0000Why Did This Australian Lake Turn Bright Pink? weather, scant rainfall and high salt levels have created a perfect storm for pinknessTue, 14 Mar 2017 17:31:20 +0000Take a Virtual Trip to the International Space Station VR simulation turns you into an orbiting astronaut Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:08:34 +0000Two New Exhibitions Celebrate a Long-Lost Painting "Tower of the Blue Horses" is gone, but not forgottenMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:44 +0000New Nashville Restaurant Recreates Civil Rights Sit-In Site lunch counter where John Lewis and others were arrested will now be part of a soul food eatery and music venue Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Man Crosses the Atlantic On a Stand-Up Paddleboard African surfer Chris Bertish spent 93 days paddling 4,050 miles between Morocco and AntiguaFri, 10 Mar 2017 22:20:13 +0000Huge Statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Discovered in Cairo may be a likeness of Ramses II, ancient Egypt's most powerful rulerFri, 10 Mar 2017 21:02:42 +0000During (and After) WWII, Some States Had Year-Round Daylight Saving Time 1963 'Time Magazine' article called it "a chaos of time"Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Malta's Iconic Azure Window Crumbles Into the Sea limestone arch on the island of Gozo was expected to stand several more decades, but a vicious storm Wednesday took out the natural wonderThu, 09 Mar 2017 22:10:46 +0000History Film Forum Hashes Out Truth and Myth in Hollywood four-day Forum looks into time travel, black America, Poe and other depictions of history in the mediaThu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:42 +0000California’s Bunny Museum Hops to a New Home previous location could not contain the museum’s 33,000 “artifacts”Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:09:34 +0000Germans Invented the Autobahn. Now They’re Building a Superhighway for Bikes cyclist’s dream will soon be reality in BerlinThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:25:52 +0000Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, Mistakenly Attributed to Her Brother, Premieres Under Her Name Royal College of London performed the Easter Sonata in honor of International Women's DayWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:23:15 +0000Is This the Happiest Place in America? For the second time in a row, Gallup-Healthways ranked this Florida city first for overall well-beingTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:55:46 +0000What Killed More Than Half a Dozen of the Bahamas' Swimming Pigs? and sand-tainted snacks might be the reason for the recent deathsTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:42:29 +0000Censored Iranian Film Gets First Public Release, 27 Years After Its Debut mysterious plan to steal <i>The Nights of Zayandeh-rood</i> from government archives helped bring the film to a London theaterTue, 07 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000Nosy Researchers Are Sniffing a Vintage Library’s all an effort to recreate an olfactory landscape of yoreMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:51:46 +0000Amsterdam Is Widening Some of Its Canals, the city’s iconic Central Station will look more like its old selfMon, 06 Mar 2017 15:59:01 +0000Primary School Students in Scotland Gave Dead Goldfish a Viking Burial, Bubbles and FreddyFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:17:54 +0000Five-Year Photo Project Captures the Sistine Chapel in High-Res Detail in a new set of books, the 1:1 photos will be used by restorers to restore and assess damage to Michaelangelo's masterpiecesFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:24:48 +0000George W. Bush Displays Portraits of Military Veterans former president honors 66 members of the armed services in the show "Portraits of Courage," which just opened at the George W. Bush CenterFri, 03 Mar 2017 17:52:16 +0000This Short-Lived 1930s Speakeasy Was a Sanctuary for Gay Londoners now you can visit a recreationThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:26:18 +0000The Horrors of the 'Great Slave Auction' largest sale of enslaved people ever to take place in the U.S. tore families apartThu, 02 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Peak Bloom for This Year's Cherry Blossoms May Be Earliest On Record National Parks Service has predicted when everyone's favorite trees will reach peak bloomWed, 01 Mar 2017 21:17:17 +0000The Illustrator of Alice in Wonderland Also Drew Abraham Lincoln. A Lot Tenniel was a well-known editorial cartoonist as well as the man who gave Lewis Carroll’s books their visual charmTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:30:12 +0000New Exhibition Lets You Look at Art While Playing Pinball<i>Kings and Queens</i> tracks the game’s influence on a group of Chicago artistsMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:45:04 +0000New McDonalds Has a Cool Design Element: an Ancient Roman Road a bit of history with that Happy Meal Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:26:27 +0000Byron Was One of the Few Prominent Defenders of the Luddites later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Oscars Are Held in a Mall takes two weeks to dress the venue (which is in a mall, remember) for the occasion each yearFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang” ‘Babbacombe’ Lee’s life and almost-death are matters of speculationFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:06:38 +0000Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museum hope the iconic warriors can sneak more tourism into the countryThu, 23 Feb 2017 19:44:39 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisy cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000Albania Wants to Show Off Its Shipwrecks 6th century B.C. Greek cargo ships to WWII wrecks, the Balkan nation is hoping to boost tourism by highlighting its underwater archaeologyTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:32:54 +0000The Country’s Most Famous Bald Eagle Pair Just Laid Another Egg the delight of millions of online viewers, the nesting eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum welcomed a new egg to their nestTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:20:09 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000Check Out Yosemite's “Firefall” Illusion Light Up El Capitan firefall is back this year, and it’s just as spectacular as everFri, 17 Feb 2017 18:46:46 +0000This Wooden Running Machine Was Your Fixie’s Great-Great Grandpa draisine was invented as a potential replacement for the horse during a shortageFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:10:00 +0000How 13th-Century “Mermaid Bones” Came to Be Displayed in a Japanese Temple to legend, the ningyo washed ashore on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1222Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:39:06 +0000Yellow Fever Outbreak in Congo and Angola Finally Comes to an End almost 1,000 confirmed cases of the disease, the WHO has declared outbreak overThu, 16 Feb 2017 20:31:18 +0000Check Out NASA's Three Options for the 2020 Mars Rover Landing have narrowed down potential sites for the next rover to set wheel on the red planetWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:41:05 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Years American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destination romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000These Photos Show Just How Colossal the World's Tallest Sandcastle Is new Guinness World Record holder is a 48.8-foot creation on Puri Beach that celebrates world peace. It's <i>shore</i> to impress Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art Triumphantly Re-Opens museum has restored 160 artifacts damaged by a 2014 truck bomb and has expanded, putting three times as many artworks on displayTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:32:30 +0000Win a Stay at a Castle Fit for "Beauty and the Beast" it's a Scottish castle, not French château, it's sure to be a fairytale tripTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Fly Through Space With This “Mixed Reality” Coaster park promises it won't give you motion sickness—well, more than on a regular rollar coaster, that isMon, 13 Feb 2017 13:59:00 +0000Hundreds of Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s Farewell Spit to 300 have died and volunteers are scrambling to get the remaining creatures back in the waterFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:45:29 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's History Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circus a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000The Brief 1930s Craze for 'Tom Thumb Golf' golf courses had been around before, but Garnet Carter gave it a roadside attraction spinThu, 09 Feb 2017 15:33:39 +0000Mark Twain Museum Battles Mold malfunctioning HVAC system led to mold contaminating 5,000 artifacts in a storage room, which will be restored over the next four monthsThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000375,000 Images From the Met Are Now Yours for the Taking’s a milestone for one of the world's most significant art collectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:36:28 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000#ColorOurCollections Is Back, Turning Your Favorite Cultural Institutions Into Coloring Books its second year, it's more vibrant than everWed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Japan Plans to Make Olympic Medals Out of Electronic Waste hope to reclaim gold, silver and copper from the used electronics for the 2020 gamesTue, 07 Feb 2017 18:02:47 +0000The Chief Designer of the ‘Titanic’ Saved Everyone He Could as His Ship Went Down Andrews had argued for more lifeboats on the ship, but he was rebuffed on the grounds that it would ruin the viewTue, 07 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Art told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Watch a Lava "Firehose" Spew Out of a Hawaiian Cliff is putting on a spectacularly scorching show Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:21:44 +0000Researchers Think They've Found a Mini Continent in the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius sits on a sunken piece of earth's crust torn apart by plate tectonicsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:49:51 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotel Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Meet the Inner Circle That Runs Groundhog Day've been holding the ceremony in Gobbler’s Knob every year since 1887Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000A Picture History of One of the World’s Greatest Hot Air Balloons by Charles Green, the Great Nassau was big enough to capture the imaginations of an entire countryTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:05:00 +0000Underwater Images Give First Glimpse of Newly Discovered Brazilian Reef Amazon Reef once shocked scientists. Now, for the first time, we know what it looks likeTue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000America’s First Immigration Center Was Also an Amusement Park Garden went from fort to pleasure grounds to precursor of Ellis Island Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Highlights Art Inspired by Standing Rock as a lens to understand the protestWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:21:37 +0000