Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenThu, 03 Sep 2015 11:43:45 +0000The Oldest City in the United States Turns 450http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/us-oldest-city-st-augustine-florida-180956434/St. Augustine, Florida, was the first city founded by European settlers in North AmericaThu, 03 Sep 2015 11:43:45 +0000Why Birdwatchers Flock to Ecuadorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/birdwatchers-flock-ecuador-180956466/Home to the highest density of bird species per acre on Earth, the country is a birder's paradiseWed, 02 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000Take a Historic Ride Along California's Famous Route 1http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-californias-coast-hugging-route-1-180956232/Here are seven of the most interesting historic stops along California's scenic highwayMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:46:49 +0000The Fascinating Afterlife of Peru's Mummieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fascinating-afterlife-perus-mummies-180956319/From inside stone palaces and atop sacred mountaintops, the Inca dead continued to wield incredible power over the livingFri, 28 Aug 2015 16:48:10 +0000A "Frozen" Summer Adventure Awaits You in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/disney-frozen-norways-southern-fjords-180956427/If the cold really does bother you, anyway, then visit the fjords in warmer monthsFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:34:03 +0000Tour One of Asia's Best Cycling Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/best-cycling-cities-kaohsiung-180956398/With a world-class bike sharing program, Kaohsiung is best seen on two wheelsWed, 26 Aug 2015 15:30:24 +0000The Abandoned Theme Park That Finally Got a Storybook Endinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-marylands-enchanted-forest-had-its-own-storybook-ending-1-180956318/This Maryland amusement park was once an East Coast version of Disneyland and was left for dead until one woman rescued itWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:20:16 +0000Ireland's Incredible Landscapes: From the Aran Islands to the Burrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/irelands-incredible-landscapes-from-the-ar/Ireland's high winds and strong weather deposit shipwrecks along the shores of the Aran Islands and carve amazing designs into the limestone of the BurrenTue, 25 Aug 2015 15:08:25 +0000Visit the Homes of America's Greatest Inventorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-homes-americas-greatest-inventors-180956369/Within these walls, our nation's most brilliant tinkerers once ate, slept and imaginedTue, 25 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-21st-century-life-list-180956324/Something for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000Visit the Ruined Castles of Polandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-ruined-castles-poland-180956290/Grand but dilapidated structures from many centuries ago dot the country’s landscapeThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:21:55 +0000Get a Hole-In-One at the Most Eye-Catching Mini-Golf Courses Across the Countryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-hole-one-best-mini-golf-courses-country-180956210/These beautifully designed mini-golf courses are worth a second lookWed, 19 Aug 2015 15:56:54 +0000The 45 Best Places to Eat, Admire and Explore Your Way Through Irelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/45-must-see-places-ireland-180955954/Explore this interactive map of Ireland's top destinations Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:45:00 +0000Five of the World's Most Fascinating Topiary Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/art-topiary-gardening-ancienthere-are-five-modern-gems-180956159/Whimsical gardens in surprising shapes decorate homes, churches and cemeteries around the world. We’ve rounded up five of the most extraordinaryMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:26:08 +0000A Scottish Duke Transformed This Abandoned Coal Mine into a Cosmological Land-Art Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/scottish-duke-transformed-abandoned-coal-mine-cosmological-land-art-park-180956270/A scarred landscape in rural Scotland has become a grassy multiverse now open for explorationFri, 14 Aug 2015 10:30:00 +0000In Bolivia's High-Altitude Capital, Indigenous Traditions Thrive Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/la-paz-bolivia-aymara-indigenous-traditions-reawaken-180956143/Among sacred mountains, in a city where spells are cast and potions brewed, the otherworldly is everydayThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:09:58 +0000Visit These Floating Peruvian Islands Constructed From Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/people-peru-live-manmade-islands-constructed-plants-180956218/The Uro people who live on Lake Titicaca have been building their own villages by hand for centuriesThu, 13 Aug 2015 17:15:50 +0000See Spectacular Photos From This Year's Perseid Meteor Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/see-spectacular-photos-years-perseid-meteor-shower-180956264/The annual event sent sparks flying over dark skies as Earth plowed through debris from a cometThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:22:48 +0000A Parade of Bright Flowers in a City With a Dark Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Medellin-festival-flowers-180956227/Farmers carried 500 dazzling flower designs through the streets of Medellín, ColombiaWed, 12 Aug 2015 15:44:19 +0000You Might Actually Want a Layover at These Seven Airportshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-might-actually-want-layover-these-seven-airports-180956191/From nap pods to real-time flight tracking, these airports have features that will surely please passengersMon, 10 Aug 2015 19:47:57 +0000At "Russia's Burning Man," Strange Structures Transform Villageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/archstoyanie-festival-russias-burning-man-180956164/The beautiful, bizarre structures of the Archstoyanie festival are made of natural materials and help bring economic prosperity to small villages Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:22:32 +0000Not Just Dolphins: Where to Swim With Pigs, Penguins and the Gentlest of Sharkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/not-just-dolphins-where-swim-pigs-penguins-and-gentlest-sharks-180956133/At these beaches, splash around with some more unusual creaturesMon, 10 Aug 2015 16:24:44 +0000The Lonely, Lifesaving Job of Lighthouse Keepers, Revealed at the National Lighthouse Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lonely-lifesaving-job-of-lighthouse-keepers-now-revealed-at-the-national-lighthouse-museum-180956183/A new museum in Staten Island tells the stories of men and women who ran lighthouses throughout America’s history and shows off some unique antiquesFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:48:01 +0000Sleep With the Condors at This Peruvian Hotel Hanging Off a Cliffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hang-around-side-mountain-perus-skylodge-180956132/The cliffside Skylodge hotel dangles 1,300 feet above the groundFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:30:03 +0000The 390-Year-Old Tree That Survived the Bombing of Hiroshimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/390-year-old-tree-survived-bombing-hiroshima-180956157/Now living in Washington, D.C., this bonsai tree outlasted the atomic blastTue, 04 Aug 2015 18:45:50 +0000Visit the World's Most Amazing Old-Growth Forestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/amazing-old-growth-forests-world-180956083/Here are some of the best places to hug centuries-old treesTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:37:06 +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 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