Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:12 +0000Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ollie-bobcat-back-zoo-off-streets-washington-dc-180961978/National Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:39 +0000The Dark History of Japan's Rabbit Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-rabbit-island-dark-history-180962631/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:12 +0000Telling the Forgotten Stories of the Everyday Americans of the Revolutionary Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telling-forgotten-stories-everyday-americans-revolutionary-war-180962618/Near where the Battle of Yorktown was waged, a new museum fuses innovative technology with storytelling techniques to connect with visitorsWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:18 +0000Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Residehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/darwin-loved-cliffs-newfoundland-500-million-years-old-180962472/Step back in time half a billion years to a world of mysterious sea creatures that would have thrilled DarwinTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:19:51 +0000The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biggest-tree-canopy-planet-stretches-across-five-acres-180962470/In remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living thingsTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:46:54 +0000Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hawaii-startling-lava-fields-home-new-ecoystems-180962476/These stunning volcanoes are creating new islands of evolutionTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000A Photographer Captures Papier-Mâché and Politics on Parade in Haiti's Jacmelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Haiti-Jacmel-papier-mache-parade-180962549/Michael Magers photographs high art and cutting cultural critiques during the annual Kanaval celebrationMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:45:42 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/enamelist_june_schwarcz_electroplated_and_sandblasted_her_way_to_art_museums-180962568/The Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgängerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-your-ancient-statue-doppleganger-180962585/Send the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statueFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:06:27 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dian-fosseys-gorilla-skulls-are-scientific-treasures-and-symbol-her-fight-180962564/At a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-designs-showcase-provocative-world-native-fashion-180962491/These contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000See Inside Graceland's $137-million Expansionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-inside-gracelands-137-million-expansion-180962527/A complex fit for a kingTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:06:15 +0000This Virginia Winery Once Housed One of WWII's Most Important Spy Stationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cold-war-museum-winery-virginia-180962428/Speakeasies are so 2012—this place has actual secretsTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:46:36 +0000This Orphanage Did More Than Find Homes for Children of the Holocaust. It Helped Them Reclaim Their Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/orphanage-helped-them-reclaim-their-humanity-180962516/Run by the United Nations, Kloster Indersdorf took a revolutionary approach in caring for its chargesTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:46:24 +0000Scotland’s Newest Nature Trails Are Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/scotlands-unexpected-snorkel-trail-180962463/The Scottish Wildlife Trust is putting snorkelers up close with the country’s marine wildlifeMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:38:50 +0000The Grisly History of Brooklyn's Revolutionary War Martyrshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grisly-history-brooklyns-revolutionary-war-martyrs-180962508/The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a crypt in Fort Greene Park, may become part of the national park systemMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:18:50 +0000Shimmy Through the World's Most Spectacular Slot Canyonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/most-beautiful-slot-canyons-180962270/Where to explore the best of these narrow, water-worn passagewaysFri, 10 Mar 2017 20:54:04 +0000America's First Writers Museum Is Slated to Open in Mayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-american-writers-museum-180962409/A new home for celebrating American literary titans, titles and traditions takes root in ChicagoWed, 08 Mar 2017 20:29:26 +0000Where to Hunt for the World’s Smallest Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-smallest-monuments-180962256/Don't overlook these tiny statues in cities around the worldWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instrumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/musical-detour-rhineland-collection-mechanical-instruments-180962418/From tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +000012 Mesmerizing Places to Watch Flowers Bloomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-flowers-bloom-180962367/Because there's no better way exalt the end of winter than with millions of tulips, poppies and rosesFri, 03 Mar 2017 21:17:06 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/romance-and-promise-radio-captured-mural-180962353/At the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Follow the Polka Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms That Are Breaking Museum Records http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/follow-polka-dots-yayoi-kusama-infinity-rooms-are-breaking-museum-records-180962316/"Polka dots are a way to infinity," says Japan's most successful artist, now at the HirshhornTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:37:26 +0000Step Inside This Underground Cathedral, Carved Into the Walls of an Abandoned Salt Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colombias-underground-salt-cathedral-180962234/An old mine has transformed into a subterranean worship space, 650 feet undergroundTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:07:14 +0000Tattooing Was Illegal in New York City Until 1997http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tattoos-were-illegal-new-york-city-exhibition-180962232/The New-York Historical Society's newest exhibit delves into the history of the city's once-turbulent ink sceneTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:54:18 +0000What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marking-75th-anniversary-wrong-imprisonment-120000-japanese-americans-180962278/A new display at the American History Museum marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:00 +0000These Fake Trees Were Used as Spy Posts on the Front Lines of World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fake-spy-trees-WWI-180962179/On the Western Front, meticulously crafted iron trees were used by both sides to conceal enemy forcesFri, 24 Feb 2017 19:31:02 +0000Lights, Camera…Cocktails! Five Historic Bars From Hollywood’s Golden Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/relive-hollywoods-golden-age-these-five-historic-los-angeles-bars-180962286/Toast the Oscars at one of these Old Holywood watering holesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:19:53 +0000Seven Foods You Have to Try in Chilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/foods-you-have-eat-chile-180962257/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:47:15 +0000Fifteen Perfect Spots to Watch the Total Solar Eclipse as it Crosses the U.S. This Summerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/perfect-spots-watch-total-solar-eclipse-us-180962253/One of the most exciting astronomical event in U.S. history is happening in AugustWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:23:03 +0000Apollo 11 Command Module Makes Another Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/apollo-11-command-module-makes-journey-180962231/The command module "Columbia" will visit four U.S. museums, leaving DC for the first time in 46 years.Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:09:14 +0000The Everlasting, Awe-Inspiring Power of Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/everlasting-awe-inspiring-power-alaska-180962126/For 150 years, Alaska has been a part of the United States, and it's never ceased to amazeWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:21:50 +0000Vladimir Lenin's Return Journey to Russia Changed the World Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vladimir-lenin-return-journey-russia-changed-world-forever-180962127/On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, our writer set out from Zurich to relive this epic travelWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:15:01 +0000The Lasting Influence Matisse Had on Richard Diebenkorn's Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lasting-influence-matisse-richard-diebenkorn-artwork-180962117/The great American painter owed a luminous debt to the French ModernistTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:31:35 +0000You Don't Need to Wait for Spring to Enjoy the Smithsonian Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beat-path-closest-smithsonian-garden-using-our-museum-tours-guide-180962180/This new tour guide will help you relax in these urban oasesTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000Can Ancient Techniques Make Modern Wine Better?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ancient-winemaking-techniques-armenian-karas-renaissance-180962212/A new generation of wineries are going to painstaking lengths to acquire hundreds of historic clay karasesThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:38 +0000Sticky Rice Mortar, the View From Space, and More Fun Facts About China’s Great Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sticky-rice-mortar-view-space-and-more-fun-facts-about-chinas-great-wall-180962197/The not-so-effective wall was a lengthy, pricey project that stretched across thousands of yearsThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:03:36 +0000Play Paul Simon's Piano or Croon Into Elvis' Mic at These Seven Historic Recording Studioshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americana-musical-history-recording-studios-180961843/Take a tour through Americana music historyWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:27:10 +0000Eight Secrets of the Taj Mahalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eight-secrets-taj-mahal-180962168/One of the world's greatest memorials to love remains a place of mysteryTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:25:19 +0000Unearthing Armenia’s Giant, Ancient Earthenwarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/keeping-karas-unearthing-armenias-ancient-earthenware-180962166/These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous valueTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:19 +0000How Moonshine Bootlegging Gave Rise to NASCARhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-moonshine-bootlegging-gave-rise-nascar-180962014/Rotgut and firewater are the founding fathers of our nation’s racing pastimeFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:37:00 +0000Reuben Riffel on Becoming a Top Chef in Post-Apartheid South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/reuben-riffel-top-chef-south-africa-food-cuisine-cultural-travel-180961652/South African food culture fosters connection, he saysThu, 09 Feb 2017 18:58:42 +0000Does the Classic Paris Meal Still Exist?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-france-food-classic-meal-french-cuisine-gastronomy-cultural-travel-180961653/Two food lovers set out to learn whether the Paris dining experience of their youth can still be foundThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:40:15 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchids-as-performance-art-180962075/Washington's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000Chef Margarita Carrillo Arronte on Why Mexican Cuisine Is a UNESCO Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/margarita-carrillo-arronte-chef-mexican-food-unesco-world-heritage-cultural-travel-180961644/Meet the woman dedicated to preserving traditional Mexican cuisineWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:11:00 +0000Stunning, Surreal Concepts Cast a Spell on the Fairy Tales Architecture Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/surreal-concepts-spell-fairy-tale-competition-180962066/Ukrainian architect Mykhailo Ponomarenko came in first this year for his sci-fi meditation "Last Day"Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:58:39 +0000Take a Tour of France’s “Bestiary of Machines”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/take-tour-frances-mechanical-animal-theme-park-180962076/Enter Les Machines de l'île’s Mechanical Animal Theme ParkTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:33:21 +0000How the Passport Became an Improbable Symbol of American Identityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-passport-became-improbable-symbol-american-identity-180962064/The idea of having documents to cross borders is ancient, but when it became popularized in the U.S., it caused quite the stirTue, 07 Feb 2017 15:12:30 +0000Why the Scrumptious Date Is So Important to the Muslim Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-date-is-so-important-to-muslim-world-180962011/The Prophet Muhammed said that Ajwah dates—grown in the Madinah region of Saudi Arabia—are from paradiseMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000For Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, Life Was a Banquet, But the Afterlife Was the Greatest Feast of All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/pharaonic-feast-afterlife-history-cultural-travel-180961617/Life after death for the Ancient Egyptian elite included lots, and lots, of foodFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:55:03 +0000Get Lost in a Maze of Storybook Canals in this Dutch 'Venice'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/giethoorn-venice-netherlands-giethoorn-180961974/The picturesque village of Giethoorn is best navigated by boat (or ice skate)Thu, 02 Feb 2017 20:31:28 +0000Nine New Must-See Museums Opening This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-museums-2017-180961757/From the American Revolution to fashion design, these are the new museums to see in 2017Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:38:45 +0000Local Lens: Our Favorite Instagram Tongue Teasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-lens-instagram-food-photography-180961643/Hailing from Vietnam, Turkey and Italy, these photographers show that a love of beautifully arranged food knows no bordersTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:13:55 +0000Mexico’s Famous Floating Gardens Return to Their Agricultural Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mexicos-floating-gardens-return-their-agricultural-roots-180961899/One of the capital city’s iconic tourist sites doubles as an experiment in urban farmingTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:41:54 +0000When Happy Hour Was "Green Hour" in Parishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-stop-absinthe-happy-hour-19th-century-paris-180961650/When the clock struck five, 19th-century Parisians turned to absintheMon, 30 Jan 2017 22:31:02 +0000This Town in Iceland Is a Modern Pompeiihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Vestmannaeyjar-pompeii-iceland-180961821/Iceland’s ‘Mountain of Fire’ volcano wreaked havoc with an island and the island fought backFri, 27 Jan 2017 21:23:16 +0000Celebrated Middle Eastern Food Writer Claudia Roden Shares Stories and Recipes From Her Kitchenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/claudia-roden-interview-middle-eastern-cooking-180961649/For Roden, food is a lens to understand historyThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:26:25 +0000This Souped-Up Scuba Suit Made a Stratospheric Leap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/souped-scuba-suit-made-stratospheric-leap-180961921/The record-breaking Alan Eustace found just the right fit for his 25-mile free fall by marrying scuba technology with a space suitThu, 26 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000Explore the Ruins of an Ancient Incense Routehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-remnants-ancient-incense-route-180961873/Follow frankincense and myrrh on a historic journey through the desertThu, 26 Jan 2017 17:40:22 +0000On the Dangers of Erotic Truffleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/dangers-erotic-truffles-physiology-taste-transcendental-gastronomy-book-excerpt-cultural-travel-180961646/A 19th-century investigation into the power of the aphrodisiacWed, 25 Jan 2017 22:38:11 +0000This Ice Festival in China Is a Rainbow-Colored Dreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ice-festival-china-rainbow-colored-dream-180961905/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:11:10 +0000The Ever Expanding World of Wine Takes Your Palate to Unexpected Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ever-expanding-world-wines-cultural-travel-180961654/Never before have so many diverse wines, from so many places, been available to so many people around the globeMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:07:28 +0000Much of the Cuisine We Now Know, and Think of as Ours, Came to Us by Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-cuisine-war-tradition-food-history-cultural-travel-180961610/The long and winding road that brought "local" dishes to our platesMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:31:22 +0000