Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenMon, 03 Aug 2015 14:52:00 +0000The Sound and Fury of Philadelphia's Wanamaker Organhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sound-and-fury-philadelphias-wanamaker-organ-180956048/Get blown away listening to the largest operating pipe organ in the worldMon, 03 Aug 2015 14:52:00 +0000Why Do Hundreds of Macaws Gather at These Peruvian Clay Banks?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-do-hundreds-macaws-gather-these-peruvian-clay-banks-180955719/Brightly colored parrots of the western Amazon basin display a behavior not seen anywhere elseFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:30 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-worlds-first-nuclear-power-plant-idaho-180956006/The historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Great Wine in Great Britain? The Unlikely Vino Culture Emerging in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/great-wine-great-britain-unlikely-vino-culture-emerging-england-180956093/In the south of England, a new class of vintners is giving French bubbly a run for its moneyWed, 29 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Visit D.C.'s Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Historic Homes and Gardens http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/summer-visit-dcs-coolest-beaten-path-estates-180955928/History, nature and culture combine at these fascinating estates and gardens in our nation's capitalTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:32:29 +0000The Best Little Museum You Never Visited in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-little-museum-you-never-visited-180956025/The Museum of Arts and Crafts is a trove of cunning inventionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:48:53 +0000Running Shoes Date Back to the 1860s, and Other Revelations From the Brooklyn Museum's Sneaker Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/running-shoes-date-back-to-the-1860s-and-other-revelations-from-the-brooklyn-museums-sneaker-show-180955967/A show on sneaker culture at the Brooklyn Museum hypes its modern Nikes, but perhaps most fascinating are the historic kicks that started it allMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Take a Spin on the Most Beautiful, Hand-Crafted Carousels in the Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-spin-national-carousel-day-180955977/These historic merry-go-rounds are survivors of a bygone era, when thrills came in a much tamer formFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:50:26 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-route-66s-most-fascinating-museums-180955760/Take a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000When Rock Bands Flocked to Howard Finster’s Remote, Bizarre Artist Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-rock-bands-flocked-howard-finsters-remote-bizarre-artist-compound-180956012/Even today you can visit the site where groups such as R.E.M. found a true artistic geniusThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:15:03 +0000An Astronomer's Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/star-trekking-chile-astronomy-180955798/Chile's northern coast offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollutionThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:26 +0000What Endures From the Ancient Civilizations That Once Ruled the Central Andes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-civilizations-central-andes-180955910/To journey here is to roam through almost six thousand years of civilization, to one of the places where the human enterprise beganThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:01 +0000Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-wild-tiny-pimp-tomato-so-important-180955911/Native to northern Peru and southern Ecuador, this tiny and rapidly vanishing tomato boasts outsized influence on world gastronomyThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:03:38 +0000Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: The Inca Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-inca-road-180955986/Travel through Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile in the footsteps of the Incas and experience their influence on the history and culture of the regionTue, 21 Jul 2015 19:54:15 +0000You Can Still Stay a Night at These Grand Hotels From the Gilded Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stay-night-in-gilded-age-hotels-180955940/Those that survive today are a testament to Old World luxuryFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:07:45 +0000Get Lost in the World's Largest Mazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-lost-worlds-largest-maze-180955903/Ponder existence while wandering through the bamboo stalks of Italy's Masone LabyrinthThu, 16 Jul 2015 14:24:10 +0000The History of Creepy Dollshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-creepy-dolls-180955916/Take a trip to the uncanny valley and hope you make it back unscathedWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:46:34 +0000One Man's Obsession With Antique Toys Resulted in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/weird-important-artifacts-portlands-antique-toy-museum-180955887/The Portland, Oregon, attraction is more than just the stuff of Kidd's playTue, 14 Jul 2015 18:51:37 +0000The Stories Behind Disneyland's Hidden Wondershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/truth-behind-secrets-disneyland-180955699/As the amusement park celebrates its 60th anniversary, here's the truth behind some of its more unusual featuresThu, 09 Jul 2015 15:02:46 +0000There Are New World Heritage Sites, Here Are the Ones You Should Travel to Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alamo-battleship-island-and-frances-champagne-region-amoung-new-world-heritage-sites-180955835/This year, 24 sites from across the globe have been added to the heralded Unesco listWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:44:18 +0000What it Took to Create the World’s First Gay Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-it-took-create-worlds-first-gay-art-museum-1-180955840/Charles Leslie’s passionate half-century of homoerotic art collecting offers a mirror for the history of gay history itselfTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:58:18 +0000How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-bacteria-make-underground-cave-shine-gold-and-why-nasa-wants-study-them-180955670/These underground tubes at Lava Beds National Monument include sparkling gold ceilings that even NASA wants to studyMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:59:09 +0000Bike Through Towering Walls of White Marble in Taroko Gorgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/bike-through-taroko-gorge-180955784/Pedal in the cool shadows of sheer stone walls above the brilliant blue Liwu RiverMon, 06 Jul 2015 15:59:02 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/theres-nothing-more-american-nathans-famous-hot-dog-eating-contest-180955785/Why the American dream is shaped like a hot dogFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000NASA's New Memorial Honors Lives Lost on the Challenger and Columbia Missionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nasas-new-memorial-honors-lives-lost-on-the-challenger-and-columbia-missions-180955778/The permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida displays remnants of the shuttles and items from fallen astronautsThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:46:00 +0000These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-from-Cuba-place-you-in-the-boxing-ring-180955780/Photojournalist and wedding photographer Rebecca Barger captures vibrant images of local streets, architecture and athletes in HavanaWed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeiihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fall-rise-fall-pompeii-180955732/The famous archaeological treasure is falling into scandalous decline, even as its sister city Herculaneum is rising from the ashesWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-changed-what-hasnt-in-town-inspired-to-kill-a-mockingbird-180955741/Traveling back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/captivating-long-exposure-photos-new-zealands-glowworm-caves-180955776/These new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +0000The Library Mark Twain Builthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mark-twains-summer-reading-list-180955678/The author helped create a library in the last town he called home—and it's full of great summer reading suggestions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:16:59 +0000How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-inca-empire-engineered-road-would-endure-centuries-180955709/For a new exhibition, a Smithsonian curator conducted oral histories with contemporary indigenous cultures to recover lost Inca traditionsFri, 26 Jun 2015 16:06:12 +0000 An Abandoned Island Now Glows Star-Bright Under a New Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-island-now-glows-star-bright-under-new-constellation-180955718/Artist Melissa McGill creates a luminous public art project above a ruined castle on a mysterious piece of land in the Hudson RiverFri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:00 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chichahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limas-urban-chicha-music-culture-draws-its-energy-streets-180955695/The sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000See the USA in a Minutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/see-the-usa-in-a-minute/America is one of the most breathtaking geographical places on Earth. From monuments to mountains and canyons to coastlines, take a speedy aerial tourThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:48:29 +0000Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photos-ancient-trees-beth-moon-southern-africa-diamond-nights-180955603/"Diamond Nights" captures the surreal beauty of ancient trees after nightfallThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000A Look Behind the Peruvian Art of Gourd Carvinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peruvian-art-gourd-carving-180955656/With magnificent hand carvings, artisans craft stories of celebration and tragedy into dried gourds—a tradition practiced for more than 4,000 yearsWed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:02 +0000These Window Collages Are Serious Eye Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/windows-world-andre-vicente-goncalves-photography-photo-series-collage-180955623/A Portuguese photographer provides a window into, well...windowsWed, 24 Jun 2015 15:02:37 +0000One Vancouver Forest Played Just About Every Wooded Locale on "The X-Files"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-vancouver-forest-played-just-about-every-wooded-locale-x-files-180955686/If the truth is still out there, there’s a good chance it’s in the Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveWed, 24 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000Ride America's Most Historic Roller Coastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ride-americas-most-historic-roller-coasters-180955629/This summer, ride the coasters that add history to their thrillsTue, 23 Jun 2015 19:05:18 +0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/wingsuit-flying-the-most-extreme-sport-of-all/Wingsuit flying is famous for two things: a sense of thrill that's hard to match in any other sport, and a terrifyingly high death rate.Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:28:31 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000Shine On: Jeff Koons in Bilbaohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jeff-koons-bilbao-guggenheim-spain-exhibit-180955648/Frank Gehry's titanium-clad Guggenheim plays host to a stunning survey of Koons's larger-than-life careerFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:02:53 +0000See the Flowers that Bloom All At Once, One Night a Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-flowers-bloom-all-once-one-night-year-180955615/The mysterious night-blooming cereus just dazzled a garden in Tucson. Scientists still aren’t sure exactly how they bloom at the same timeThu, 18 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000Restaurants and Hotels Breathe New Life into Beautiful, Abandoned Churches and Monasterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/abandoned-churches-reimagined-restaurants-hotels-180955611/Vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows adorn these restored and reimagined structuresWed, 17 Jun 2015 16:34:00 +0000A New Recreation Shows How Ancient Romans Lifted Wild Animals Into the Colosseumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-ancient-romans-got-wild-animals-colosseum-180955580/An elaborate system of elevators and trap doors lifted ferocious beasts onto the Colosseum floorTue, 16 Jun 2015 17:47:08 +0000Sleep With the Fishes: The Best Places to Spend a Night Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sleep-fishes-best-places-spend-night-underwater-180955494/As the weather heats up, escape to these hotel rooms beneath the wavesTue, 16 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000Americans Are Not the Only Ones Obsessed With Their Flaghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americans-not-only-ones-obsessed-with-their-flag-180955583/From the mild-mannered Danes to crazed soccer fans, people all over the world go nuts for their national colorsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:47:53 +0000Where to Visit the Real Jurassic World After You See the Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-relive-jurassic-world-after-you-see-film-180955554/The movie's filming locations and inspiration offer lush vegetation, stunning views and plenty of sharksThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-see-bioluminescence-worlds-oceans-180955541/From shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shanghai-natural-history-museum-and-new-age-museums-180955392/The nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whistler-peacock-room-reimagined-state-oozing-broken-decay-180955505/In Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Cratershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/big-boom-best-places-see-meteorite-impact-craters-180955460/Ancient impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000