Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +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 +0000Ride This Bizarre, Old-School Elevator Before They All Shut Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ride-bizarre-old-school-elevator-they-all-shut-down-180955461/The paternoster elevators of Europe are weird, a bit scary and getting harder and harder to find. For now, there are still a few you can rideThu, 04 Jun 2015 14:10:18 +0000Ancient Urns or Drinking Vessels for Giants? Behind the Mysterious Plain of Jars in Laoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-urns-or-drinking-vessels-giants-behind-laos-mysterious-plain-jars-180955462/A grassy area studded with hulking, 2,000-year-old jars provides a surreal sight as well as an archeological puzzleWed, 03 Jun 2015 13:12:00 +0000See All 50 States From the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/50-states-aerial-america-smithsonian-channel-series-video-180955480/Smithsonian Channel's popular Aerial America series has filmed its 50th and final stateWed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000Where the Blues Was Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-blues-was-born-180955479/At Dockery Farms, the original bluesmen created a sound that would become legendaryTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:49:08 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/discover-fossil-jackpot-las-vegas-strip-tule-springs-ice-age-180955475/Remains of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Want to Sleep Like a King, Queen or Borgia For a Night? Stay in these Historic Airbnbshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-to-sleep-in-a-famous-house-exploring-historic-airbnbs-180955408/Whether it’s the former home of a national icon or an extravagant estate in Europe, the sharing economy offers the chance to go back in time for a nightFri, 29 May 2015 19:29:15 +0000How Is Angkor Wat Still Standing Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-is-angkor-wat-still-standing-today/The engineering masterpiece covers an area four times larger than the Vatican City. But without the surrounding moat, it would never have survivedFri, 29 May 2015 14:06:10 +0000Instead of Being Swallowed by a Mine, This Arctic Town is Movinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/instead-being-swallowed-mine-swedish-arctic-town-moving-180955314/The people of Kiruna are moving their entire town brick-by-brickThu, 28 May 2015 15:48:12 +0000The Nation’s Stash of Lost Luggage Finds a New Life in This Alabama Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nations-stash-lost-luggage-finds-new-life-tiny-alabama-town-180955422/Buy yourself a new wardrobe, iPad or other oddities at the Unclaimed Baggage CenterWed, 27 May 2015 18:43:03 +0000This Crazy Land Art Deflects Noise From Amsterdam's Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/crazy-land-art-deflects-noise-from-amsterdams-airport-180955398/To drown out flight noise, the Amsterdam Airport turned to large-scale landscapingWed, 27 May 2015 17:12:27 +0000Seven Works of Art to Visit That Use Discarded Junk to Create Masterpieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trash-treasure-seven-works-art-visit-use-discarded-junk-create-masterpieces-180955239/One person's trash is another person's artistic inspiration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:28 +0000Eat Like a Parisian in a Parisian Apartmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eat-parisian-parisian-apartment-180955410/An Internet-based service allows visitors an authentic taste of food, friendship and cultureWed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Step Inside a Famous Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Step-inside-a-famous-submarine-180955042/Where to visit historic subs this summer—or ride in a modern one Tue, 26 May 2015 14:09:03 +0000This Park in Ecuador is One of the Most Biodiverse Places on Earth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/amazonian-rainforest-one-most-biodiverse-places-earth-180955364/Yasuní National Park in the Amazon rainforest may have more species of life than anywhere else in the world Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Obscura Day, Discover the Curiosities in Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-local-wonders-on-obscura-day-180955270/Creepy dolls, KGB secrets and unexpected pinball troves—media startup Atlas Obscura invites readers to explore their own hometowns on May 30Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:14 +0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-new-jerusalem-of-ethiopia/No one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 15:13:12 +0000When Colorado Was (And in Many Ways Still Is) the Switzerland of Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colorado-switzerland-america-180955293/A hundred years ago, city slickers looking for wild times in Rocky Mountain National Park invented a new kind of American vacationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Urine for a Treat With a Tour of These Five Sewer Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-fascinating-sewer-tours-180955201/Tunnels, drains and other wastewater structures to explore, from ancient Rome to present-day New YorkWed, 20 May 2015 16:04:24 +0000Visit Frida Kahlo’s Recreated Garden to See the Plants That Influenced Her Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-frida-kahlos-recreated-garden-to-see-the-plants-that-influenced-her-art-180955255/The New York Botanical Garden is showing rare paintings and drawings alongside the types of flora Kahlo herself once cultivatedTue, 19 May 2015 20:28:59 +0000Urban Explorationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/urban-exploration-180955267/Cool finds in America's citiesMon, 18 May 2015 19:19:44 +0000A Long-Forgotten, Underground Tunnel in D.C. Is Finally Getting Some Fresh Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underground-tunnel-dc-finally-getting-fresh-air-180955206/The 75,000-square-foot space underneath the city's Dupont Circle will become an impressive new art spaceMon, 18 May 2015 19:01:14 +000035 Years Later, Where You Can Still See Signs of the Mt. St. Helens Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-signs-americas-deadliest-eruption-180955278/Thirty-five years after Mt. St. Helens blew its top, the landscape is full of stark remindersSat, 16 May 2015 13:19:57 +0000New Photo Book Explores Places the Dead Don’t Resthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-photo-book-explores-places-dead-dont-rest-180955265/From mossy burial caves to bone-filled churches, photographer Paul Koudounaris spent a dozen years documenting sites where the living and dead interactFri, 15 May 2015 14:01:18 +0000Haute Stuff: Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-unique-gifts-to-buy-paris-180955233/Leave room in your suitcase for these irresistible items made by French artisansTue, 12 May 2015 17:47:43 +0000Why the Best Way to See Iceland Is by Horsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-the-best-way-to-see-iceland-is-by-horse-180955104/The country’s landscape is surreal and one-of-a-kind—so is a ride on the Icelandic equineTue, 12 May 2015 13:10:43 +0000How the Giant "Cosmic Navel" Formed in Utahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-giant-cosmic-navel-formed-utah-180955188/The unique landform in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is essentially one of the biggest potholes on EarthWed, 06 May 2015 19:49:54 +0000Dramatic Images of Berlin in May 1945, Set Against the City's Prosperous Presenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spring-berlin-1945-and-today-180955146/"Spring in Berlin" compares Germany's capital city at the end of World War II and todayWed, 06 May 2015 14:01:58 +0000