Travel | Smithsonian feed for TravelenFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditions 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 Missions 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 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 Pompeii 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" 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 Caves new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +0000The Library Mark Twain Built 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 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 Constellation 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 Chicha 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 Minute 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 Starlight"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 Carving 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 Candy 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" 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 Coasters summer, ride the coasters that add history to their thrillsTue, 23 Jun 2015 19:05:18 +0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All? 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. 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 Bilbao 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 Year 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 Monasteries 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 Colosseum 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 Underwater 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 Flag 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 Film 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 Oceans 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 Chinese 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 Decay 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 Craters 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 Down 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 Laos 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 Air Channel's popular Aerial America series has filmed its 50th and final stateWed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000Where the Blues Was Born 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 Strip 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 Airbnbs 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? 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 Moving 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 Town 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 Airport 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 Masterpieces person's trash is another person's artistic inspiration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:28 +0000Eat Like a Parisian in a Parisian Apartment Internet-based service allows visitors an authentic taste of food, friendship and cultureWed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Step Inside a Famous Submarine 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 Earthí 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 Backyard 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 Ethiopia 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 America 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 Systems, 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 Art 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 Exploration finds in America's citiesMon, 18 May 2015 19:19:44 +0000A Long-Forgotten, Underground Tunnel in D.C. Is Finally Getting Some Fresh Air 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 Eruption 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 Rest 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 Paris 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 Horse 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 Utah 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 Present"Spring in Berlin" compares Germany's capital city at the end of World War II and todayWed, 06 May 2015 14:01:58 +0000