Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:17 +0000This Lake Is One of Montana’s Best Kept Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lake-montanas-best-kept-secret-180964461/Every summer, writer Boris Fishman returns to Flathead Lake, a pristine spot in northwestern Montana, for rest and reflectionWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:25:17 +0000Dine 21 Stories Underground in This 345-Million-Year-Old Cavernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-canyon-cavern-underground-restaurant-arizona-180964507/Cavern Grotto, a new restaurant in Arizona, opens inside the largest dry cavern system in the countryTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:11 +0000Watch as This Life-Size Elephant Ice Sculpture Melts in NYChttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/watch-life-size-elephant-ice-sculpture-melts-nyc-180964491/The melting mammal was part of Amarula and WildlifeDIRECT’s “Don’t Let Them Disappear” campaignTue, 15 Aug 2017 14:41:28 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Austria http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seven-must-see-museums-austria-180957381/Art, music and open-air delightsMon, 14 Aug 2017 19:16:35 +0000A Brief History of Traveling With Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/traveling-cats-brief-history-180963433/Fierce felines of history sailed the world, survived Europe's crusade against them and made it all the way to MemedomMon, 14 Aug 2017 14:34:05 +0000How This Tiny Town Drew World-Class Artists Into the Forests of Finlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-finlands-quirky-artist-haven-180964460/Fiskars, Finland — an hour west of Helsinki — was a knife-making village on the decline. Now it's one of the world's most successful artist havens.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:48:47 +0000The Deadly Grizzly Bear Attacks That Changed the National Park Service Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-grizzly-bear-attacks-changed-national-park-service-forever-180964462/Visitors to Glacier National Park had long conditioned the predators to seek food from humans, making the maulings somewhat inevitableThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:50 +0000Whale Mail Is the New Snail Mail at the World's First Underwater Post Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-first-underwater-post-office-180964385/All you need to reach the Vanuatu Post is a deep breath and a waterproof postcard Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:31:06 +0000A Brief History of Eclipse Chasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/brief-history-eclipse-chasers-180964063/They also go by umbraphiles, coronaphiles, eclipsoholics and ecliptomaniacsThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +0000Each Summer, These Armenian Villages Are Taken Over by Hundreds of White Storkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenian-white-storks-nest-neighbors-180964164/Villagers participate in a “Nest Neighbors” program to monitor the health of their new house guestsMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:12:33 +0000Switzerland Just Opened the World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/switzerland-just-opened-worlds-longest-pedestrian-suspension-bridge-180964275/You won't — but you definitely will — want to look downMon, 31 Jul 2017 19:24:45 +0000How Baltimore Quietly Became the East Coast's Next Cool Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-baltimore-quietly-became-coolest-city-east-coast-180964241/One native Marylander travels to the city he first knew as a kid to meet the doers and dreamers driving Baltimore's next actMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:50:59 +0000Take an Exclusive Sneak Peek Inside the Renovated Freer Gallery, Reopening in Octoberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-exclusive-sneak-peek-inside-renovated-freer-gallery-reopening-october-180964222/Charles Lang Freer gifted this meditative haven for art lovers to the nation and was James McNeill Whistler's friend and patronMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Best Places to See the Southern Lights http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-southern-lights-180964246/The aurora australis is the southern cousin to the northern lightsSat, 29 Jul 2017 21:19:29 +0000Does the Narwhal's Majestic Tusk Have a Point? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-narwhals-majestic-tusk-have-point-180964245/A Connecticut dentist, turned curator of a new exhibition, has long worked to solve the secrets of the whale's characteristic hornFri, 28 Jul 2017 16:09:17 +0000This Breathtaking Landscape Is Canada's Newest Protected Areahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/breathtaking-landscape-canadas-newest-protected-area-1-180964240/The park includes a spectacular beach described in sagas that chronicle Viking explorations of the Canadian coastThu, 27 Jul 2017 20:41:59 +0000Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/unraveling-mystery-armenian-stonehenge-180964207/ Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:26:11 +0000¡Salud! to the Mexican-American Wine Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/salud-mexican-american-wine-revolution-180964217/Ceja Vineyards breathes new life into Napa Valley’s wine industryWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:42:33 +0000Dive Into Five of the World's Deepest Freshwater Swimming Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dive-five-worlds-deepest-freshwater-swimming-holes-180964142/Take the plunge into some interesting geologyWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:32:02 +0000How to Spot a Hidden Whalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spot-an-unseen-whale-180964189/Just as a hunter leaves a trail in the snow, a whale forms prints on the water’s surfaceTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:45:38 +0000This Is the Gear You Need to View the Upcoming Solar Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/gear-you-need-view-upcoming-solar-eclipse-180964134/Protect your eyesight with eclipse glasses, binoculars, telescopes or lens filters Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Just 50 Miles From Niagara Falls Lies the True Waterfall Capital of the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/welcome-waterfall-capital-world-180964109/Niagara Falls has nothing on Hamilton, a Canadian city with more than 150 waterfallsMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:43:29 +0000The Painstaking Process of Preserving a 400-Pound Blue Whale Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/painstaking-process-preserving-blue-whales-heart-180964038/This massive specimen is now on display in Canada’s Royal Ontario MuseumFri, 21 Jul 2017 21:38:31 +0000Over 60,000 Plants Bloom Inside the World’s Largest Orchid Gardenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-worlds-largest-orchid-garden-180964070/Step inside Singapore's National Orchid Garden, a collection that includes 600 newly created hybrid speciesThu, 20 Jul 2017 19:54:16 +0000This Bridge Transforms Data on Weather, Traffic and Twitter Rants into a Beautiful Light Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Montreal-bridge-light-show-reflects-citys-mood-180964062/The Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montreal lights up the skyline with the mood of the cityThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:37:48 +0000A Vehicle Like This Will One Day Go to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vehicle-go-mars-destination-washington-dc-180964114/For now, the prototype rover—part tank, part Batmobile—is destined for Washington, D.C.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Where to See Some of the World's Oldest and Most Interesting Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-some-worlds-oldest-maps-180963855/Chart humanity's course through history with these antique navigational toolsTue, 18 Jul 2017 21:10:31 +0000Robots Will Lead Passengers to Their Gate at Seoul's Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/robots-will-lead-passengers-their-gate-seouls-airport-180963978/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:47:29 +0000These Otherworldly "Earthships" Offer Visitors Unusual, Off-the-Grid Accommodationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/earthships-unusual-stay-taos-new-mexico-180963819/Spend the night in an art house built from garbageWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:10:02 +0000Ai Weiwei Depicts the Brutality of Authoritarianism in an Unusual Medium–Legoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ai-weiwei-depicts-brutality-authoritarianism-unusual-medium-legos-180964006/The renowned Chinese Artist finally gets to see his work about political prisoners at the HirshhornWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:12:18 +0000Take a Stroll Through Jane Austen's England With This Interactive Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-stroll-through-jane-austens-england-interactive-map-180964030/A look at the houses and towns that shaped the life and writing of the famed author on the 200th anniversary of her deathWed, 12 Jul 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Middle East Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders. Now It Has a Museum to Show Them Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/israel-open-first-natural-history-museum-middle-east-180963986/Everything from early human skulls to priceless taxidermy relics will be on display in the ark-shaped museumWed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000See Canada Through Fresh Eyes on a First Nations Tourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-canada-through-fresh-eyes-first-nations-tour-180963984/The mountains, forests and waters of British Columbia are given new meaning on a journey led by members of its indigenous communitiesMon, 10 Jul 2017 15:48:08 +0000When It Comes to Historical Markers, Every Word Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-it-comes-historical-markers-every-word-matters-180963973/Who tells the story has a significant impact on what story is toldThu, 06 Jul 2017 17:28:27 +0000No Wonder Lord of the Rings' Middle-Earth Was Filmed Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/no-wonder-lord-of-the-rings-middle-earth-wa/For 18 months, the cast and crew of the Lord of the Rings trilogy filmed their scenes across the tiny island of New ZealandThu, 06 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Thank the Erie Canal for Spreading People, Ideas and Germs Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grab-your-mule-named-sal-and-explore-erie-canal-180963892/For the waterway's 200th anniversary, learn about its creation and impactMon, 03 Jul 2017 14:26:08 +0000Despite Road-Closing Landslides, You Can Still Take a Big Sur Road Trip This Year — Here’s Howhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-still-take-big-sur-road-trip-year-heres-how-180963902/This gorgeous stretch of coastline is harder to get to these days, but it's not impossibleFri, 30 Jun 2017 19:21:55 +0000Renovated Museum Wing Delves Into Untold Chapters of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/renovated-museum-wing-delves-untold-chapters-american-history-180963887/“The Nation We Build Together” questions American ideals through exhibits on democracy, religion, diversity and more Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:43:18 +000012 Unique Ways to Experience Armenia Off the Beaten Pathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-unique-ways-experience-armenia-off-beaten-path-180963876/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:34:19 +0000Why This Composer Made Melodies Out of Mountainsideshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-composer-made-melodies-out-mountainsides-180963889/This forgotten Armenian musicologist literally drew the landscapes into his folksong scoresFri, 30 Jun 2017 16:22:03 +0000Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/expanding-exhibits-augmented-reality-180963810/AR features allow visitors to explore historical spaces and artifacts in new waysThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:45:10 +0000The Pioneering Androgyny of Classic Hollywood Star Marlene Dietrich http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-androgyny-classic-hollywood-star-marlene-dietrich-180963842/The film icon embraced bisexuality, glamorous mystique and provocationThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:04:16 +0000A Pittsburgh Church Holds the Greatest Collection of Relics Outside of the Vaticanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/pittsburgh-church-greatest-collection-relics-outside-vatican-180963680/ Behold the treasures of this tiny neighborhood churchThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Asks “What Kind of Nation Do We Want to Be?”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-asks-what-kind-nation-do-we-want-be-180963874/The American History Museum opens a trio of timely new shows on democracy, religion and immigrationThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:27:18 +0000See Yerevan Through a Local's Lenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/yerevan-armenia-local-lens-instagram-photography-180963800/Eduard Kankanyan's visual journals offer a view into Armenia's capital that most travelers don't seeWed, 28 Jun 2017 20:29:40 +0000This Summer, Try Termite Chocolate Sprinkles on Your Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-try-bugs-grub-insectarium-canada-180963821/Canada’s Insectarium invites visitors to dine on insects as part of a special menuWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:44:06 +0000Muralist Nicolas Party Samples Great Artists of the Past Like a Visual DJhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/muralist-nicolas-party-samples-great-artists-past-visual-dj-180963838/The Hirshhorn's installation, inspired by Barack Obama’s “sun will rise” promise of continuity, highlights fantasy landscapes, beauty of nature Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Seattle’s Space Needle Is Getting a Makeover to Enhance Panoramic Viewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/seattles-space-needle-getting-new-look-180963850/ Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:41:24 +0000Which Books Do Americans Take on Vacation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/which-books-americans-take-on-vacation-180963677/Our city-by-city breakdown uncovered some surprisesTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Salt Water Taffy the Perfect Summer Candy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-makes-salt-water-taffy-perfect-summer-candy-180963674/The first families of the sugary treat stir up another season of making history by the bite Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Trace Martin Luther's Footsteps Through Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-martin-luthers-footsteps-through-germany-180963481/It’s 500 years since the start of the Protestant Reformation—here’s what you can still see todayMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:52:56 +0000The Army Veteran Who Became the First to Hike the Entire Appalachian Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/army-veteran-became-first-hike-entire-appalachian-trail-180963678/His journal and hiking boots are in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000This 155-mile Hike Through the Pyrenees Merges Contemporary Art With Spain's Stunning Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/grand-tour-through-pyrenees-connects-artists-and-audiences-cultural-pilgrimage-180963808/An art project of the Contemporary Art Center Nau Côclea brings artists and audiences together on a cultural pilgrimageFri, 23 Jun 2017 18:59:45 +0000A Guided Tour of Australia's Blue Mountains Follows Ancient Aboriginal Songlineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/australia-aboriginal-history-tour-blue-mountains-180963600/Yanna Muru’s walkabouts to sacred sites teach visitors about Darug cultureFri, 23 Jun 2017 15:38:30 +0000The Story Behind the World’s Largest Watercolor Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/story-behind-worlds-largest-known-watercolor-painting-180963798/The massive artwork marks the opening of the MASS MoCA's new 130,000-square-foot wing, which makes it the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S.Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:37:11 +0000Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secret-tunnels-under-london-open-public-180963764/Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this JulyWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:36:37 +0000Natural Phenomenon Creates Awesome Waterslide at Great Sand Dunes National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/natural-phenomenon-creates-awesome-waterslide-great-sand-dunes-national-park-180963763/Each spring and early summer, melting snow creates waves in ColoradoTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:35:28 +0000Come for the Bug Eating and Get a Lesson in Humanity from Andrew Zimmernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bug-eating-lesson-andrew-zimmern-180963632/A Q&A with the Travel Channel’s 'Bizarre Foods' ChefMon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000