Smart News Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-travel/RSS feed for Smart News TravelenFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000The National Park Service Warns Inauguration-Goers to Keep Off Its Lawnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-warns-inauguration-goers-keep-their-lawn-180961862/The National Mall finally recovered from President Obama's first inauguration, and rangers want to keep it that wayThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:26:02 +0000The Oscars Are Held in a Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/oscars-are-held-mall-180962226/It 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” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-story-man-they-couldnt-hang-180962210/John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee’s life and almost-death are matters of speculationFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:06:38 +0000Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-getting-ninja-museum-180962264/Officials 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 Daisyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-margaritas-possible-predecessor-daisy-180962192/This 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 Shipwreckshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albania-wants-show-its-ship-wrecks-180962181/From 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 Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/countrys-most-famous-bald-eagle-pair-just-laid-another-egg-180962243/To 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-happen-when-language-dies-and-one-thing-you-can-do-help-180962188/This 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 Capitanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-yosemites-firefall-illusion-light-el-capitan-180962230/The 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 Grandpahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wooden-running-machine-was-your-fixies-great-great-grandpa-180962152/The 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 Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-13th-century-mermaid-bones-came-be-displayed-japanese-temple-180962209/According 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 Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellow-fever-outbreak-congo-and-angola-finally-comes-end-180962215/After 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 Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-nasas-three-options-2020-mars-rover-landing-180962187/Scientists 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 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-most-important-and-cutest-teddy-bear-moments-past-114-years-180962140/The 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 Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pompeiian-bakery-became-years-hot-date-destination-180962169/The 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 Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180962149/The 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-Openshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-museum-islamic-art-re-opens-180962057/The 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"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/win-stay-castle-beauty-beast-180962159/Though 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” Coasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fly-through-space-six-flags-newest-mixed-reality-coaster-180962141/The 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 Spithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-pilot-whales-stranded-new-zealands-farewell-spit-180962138/Up 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/The 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 Circushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-digitizing-history-circus-180962100/In 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'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-inventor-mini-golf-called-it-tom-thumb-golf-180962026/Miniature 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 Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-museum-battles-mold-180962070/A 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 Takinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/375000-images-from-the-met-now-yours-for-taking-180962080/It’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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quest-save-vincent-van-goghs-grave-180962028/His 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 Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-favorite-cultural-institution-just-turned-coloring-book-180962061/In its second year, it's more vibrant than everWed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Japan Plans to Make Olympic Medals Out of Electronic Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-will-make-olympic-medals-out-recycled-electronics-180962036/Organizers 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 Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chief-designer-titanic-saved-everyone-he-could-his-ship-went-down-180962008/Thomas 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-fanatical-monk-took-over-florence-and-burned-bunch-vanities-180962005/He 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-silver-swan-has-fascinated-fans-nearly-250-years-180962024/It preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Watch a Lava "Firehose" Spew Out of a Hawaiian Cliff http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-hot-lava-spewing-out-hawaiian-cliff-180962019/Kilauea 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 Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-minerals-suggests-lost-micro-contienent-indian-ocean-180962002/The 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 Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hell-raising-suffragists-name-will-soon-grace-oregon-hotel-180961963/Abigail Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Meet the Inner Circle That Runs Groundhog Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-normal-guys-wearing-top-hats-and-tuxes-keep-groundhog-day-running-180961954/They'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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-winnie-pooh-was-written-sale-180961999/The 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 Balloonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picture-history-one-worlds-greatest-hot-air-balloons-180961908/Designed 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 Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-first-images-once-brazilian-reef-180961976/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-first-immigration-center-was-also-amusement-park-180961727/Castle 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 Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-highlights-art-inspired-standing-rock-180961842/Art as a lens to understand the protestWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:21:37 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-grants-give-out-millions-preserve-african-american-history-180961848/A $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +0000Where We Got the Term “Banana Republic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-we-got-term-banana-republic-180961813/Hint: it’s not a great moment in American historyWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000What the First European to Visit Hawaii Thought About Surfershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-european-visit-hawaii-thought-about-surfers-180961794/The Europeans were fascinated by Pacific Islanders' comfort in the waterWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/altar-cloth-might-be-elizabeth-is-skirt-180961756/It belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000Austin Is Looking for Its First Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austin-is-looking-for-first-artist-residence-180961789/Winning artists will be embeded in city agencies to help bring in new eyes to reconsider old problemsFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:30:22 +0000New National Monuments Highlight Reconstruction and Civil Rights Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-monuments-highlight-reconstruction-and-civil-rights-history-180961796/President Obama designated three Southern sites critical to sharing that storyFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:20:59 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-write-inside-mark-twains-library-180961790/Commune with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bruce-springsteen-getting-his-own-archive-180961758/A new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Norway Killed the Radio Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-killed-radio-star-180961761/The Scandinavian country began a controversial phase out of FM radio broadcasts this week in favor of Digital Audio BroadcastingThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:20:18 +0000Harriet Tubman Is Getting Her Own National Historical Park http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubman-getting-her-own-national-historical-park-180961784/The park will tell the story of Tubman’s later years Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:17:19 +0000China Will Transform 100,000 Toilets for the Sake of Tourism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-will-transform-100000-toilets-sake-tourism-180961706/Officials vow to flush out outmoded commodes Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:41:47 +0000One of California’s Iconic “Tunnel Trees” Has Fallenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-californias-iconic-tunnel-trees-has-fallen-180961726/The Pioneer Cabin Tree was likely hundreds of years oldMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:03:41 +0000Tens of Thousands of Plastic Eggs Washed Up on a German Beach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-plastic-eggs-washed-german-beach-180961713/It was an eggstravaganzaFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:12:17 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-nearly-70-years-india-pakistan-partition-gets-museum-180961682/The Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000Swedish Woman Smashes Record for Skiing Solo to the South Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swedish-woman-skis-south-pole-record-time-180961636/Skiing for 38 days, 23 hours and 5 minutes Johanna Davidsson beat the previous record by almost 10 hoursWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:21:18 +0000Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strike-it-rich-without-marrying-for-money-by-finding-hidden-jane-austen-art-180961647/A British artist has sparked a nationwide scavenger hunt for £5 notes worth thousandsTue, 03 Jan 2017 21:13:40 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-woman-statue-stokes-old-tensions-between-japan-and-south-korea-180961628/She’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Catastrophic Polar Journey Resulted in One of the Best Adventure Books Ever Writtenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-worst-journey-world-180961589/Apsley Cherry-Garrard's travel memoir is still the one to beat, and not only because it features penguinsMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:33:05 +0000Poland Gets a da Vinci at a Big Discounthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-gets-davinci-big-discount-180961624/The world famous Princes Czartoryski Foundation was recently acquired by the Polish government for a fraction of its valueMon, 02 Jan 2017 18:32:06 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-men-behind-saturday-mornings-most-memorable-cartoons-180961596/Zoinks! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000Obama Administration Designates Two New National Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-administration-designates-two-new-national-monuments-180961595/Bears Ears in Utah will span 1.3 million acres while Gold Butte in Nevada will protect 300,000 acresThu, 29 Dec 2016 18:41:54 +0000This Art Show Looks at 500 Years of Failed Utopiashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-show-looks-500-years-failed-utopias-180961587/So far, the ideal has yet to work outThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:53:49 +0000Lawyer Wants to Make Harper Lee’s Hometown a Haven for Tourists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyer-wants-make-harper-lees-hometown-haven-tourists-180961584/Monroeville, Alabama, could change with a proposed Harper Lee TrailThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:34 +0000Five Years Ago, This Island Nation Lost an Entire Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-time-zones-make-work-worse-180961569/On this day in 2011, Samoa switched sides of the international date line for the second time, losing December 30 in the process. Here's whyThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:36:08 +00002016 Got You Down? Trash All Your Woes on Good Riddance Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-got-you-down-trash-all-your-woes-good-riddance-day-180961583/Inspired by a Latin American tradition, Good Riddance Day is one way to say goodbye to this year’s bad memoriesWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:53:01 +0000New York City’s Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Is Packed With Public Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-citys-long-awaited-second-avenue-subway-packed-public-art-180961575/The city’s four newest subway stations are covered in colorful mosaicsWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:30:08 +0000