Smart News Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-travel/RSS feed for Smart News TravelenFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:34:56 +0000New Charter Flight Takes Passengers to See the Southern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flight-takes-passengers-see-southern-lights-180962670/The 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 Vernehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eccentric-19th-century-transportation-magnate-may-have-inspired-jules-verne-180962605/George 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 Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-etnas-fiery-eruptions-are-visible-space-180962659/Astronaut 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 Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-deface-rock-art-chads-ennedi-world-heritage-site-180962636/Names 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' Wreckagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-company-offers-very-expensive-dives-titanic-wreckage-180962607/For 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 Unveilinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christianity-site-grand-unveiling-180962619/A 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 Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegians-are-happiest-people-180962617/Scandanavian 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 Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-charged-after-slashing-gainsborough-painting-national-gallery-1-180962601/Fortunately, 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 Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chile-adding-11-million-acres-national-parks-180962592/Spurred 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-choosesofficial-works-art-180962540/Ancient 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 Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-first-fluorescent-frog-species-180962538/The 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 Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-approves-national-park-protect-its-last-big-cats-180962522/The 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 millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thornbury-castle-honeymoon-spot-henry-viii-and-anne-boleyn-sale-103-million-180962523/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-australian-lake-turn-bright-pink-180962512/Hot 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-virtual-trip-international-space-station-180962501/New VR simulation turns you into an orbiting astronaut Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:08:34 +0000Two New Exhibitions Celebrate a Long-Lost Painting http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-exhibitions-celebrate-long-lost-painting-180962464/The "Tower of the Blue Horses" is gone, but not forgottenMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:44 +0000New Nashville Restaurant Recreates Civil Rights Sit-In Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-nashville-restaurant-recreates-civil-rights-sit-site-180962489/The 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 Paddleboardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-crosses-atlantic-stand-up-paddleboard-180962495/South 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 Cairohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-cairo-180962497/It 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 Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-stayed-war-time-after-wwii-ended-180962376/A 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 Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maltas-iconic-azure-window-crumbles-sea-180962458/The 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 Hollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-film-forum-hashes-out-truth-and-myth-hollywood-180962454/The 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 Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-bunny-museum-hops-new-home-180962453/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-invented-autobahn-now-theyre-building-superhighway-bikes-180962446/A 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 Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sonata-fanny-mendelssohn-mistakenly-attributed-her-brother-premieres-under-her-name-180962429/The 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happiest-place-america-180962416/ 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-killed-half-dozen-bahamas-swimming-pigs-180962386/Drought 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 Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/censored-iranian-film-gets-first-public-release-27-years-after-its-debut-180962387/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nosy-researchers-are-sniffing-vintage-library-180962380/It’s all an effort to recreate an olfactory landscape of yoreMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:51:46 +0000Amsterdam Is Widening Some of Its Canals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amsterdam-widening-some-its-canals-180962337/Soon, 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 Burialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primary-school-students-scotland-gave-dead-goldfish-viking-burial-180962368/Farewell, Bubbles and FreddyFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:17:54 +0000Five-Year Photo Project Captures the Sistine Chapel in High-Res Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-year-photo-project-captures-sistine-chapel-high-res-detail-180962357/Released 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 Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-w-bush-displays-portraits-military-veterans-180962363/The 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 Londonershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-lived-1930s-speakeasy-was-sanctuary-gay-londoners-180962361/And now you can visit a recreationThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:26:18 +0000The Horrors of the 'Great Slave Auction'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrors-great-slave-auction-180962287/The 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 Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peak-bloom-years-cherry-blossoms-may-be-earliest-record-180962341/The 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 Lothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/illustrator-alice-wonderland-also-drew-abraham-lincoln-lot-180962259/John 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 Pinballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-lets-you-look-art-while-playing-pinball-180962304/<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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mcdonalds-has-cool-design-element-ancient-roman-road-180962289/Have 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 Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byron-was-one-few-prominent-defenders-luddites-180962248/Years later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +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 +0000