Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:10:18 +0000Best Places to See Wildflowers Around the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-wildflowers-around-us-180954459/Snow and cold got you down? Remember, spring is around the corner, and that means wildflowersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:10:18 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/12th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-180954445/See the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000The Beautiful Canadian Rockies Shine in the Photography of Chris Burkardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beautiful-canadian-rockies-shine-photography-chris-burkard-180954417/Known for his work with surfers, Burkard traveled to a much colder climate to immerse himself in a new worldMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:15:10 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-slurpee-waves-formed-along-nantucket-beach-video-photos-180954428/New England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/please-touch-art-3-d-printing-helps-visually-impaired-appreciate-paintings-180954420/The new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000The Eiffel Tower Gets a Green Upgradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eiffel-tower-gets-green-upgrade-180954401/The landmark now has two wind turbines above its second levelThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:08:41 +0000The Making and Remaking of the Original Ice Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/making-remaking-ice-hotel-180954387/Often imitated but never duplicated, the world's original ice hotel turns 25 this yearWed, 25 Feb 2015 18:25:51 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-dutch-wind-wheel-part-green-tech-showcase-part-architectural-attraction-180954377/A giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000National Park Service Map Shows The Loudest, Quietest Places In the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-park-service-map-shows-loudest-quietest-places-us-180954372/Want some peace and quiet? Avoid cities, the East CoastMon, 23 Feb 2015 17:49:13 +0000Best Travel Destinations for Food Foraginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-travel-destinations-food-foraging-180954353/Forage for wild foods like truffles, herbs and scallops on these guided tours—feasting includedFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-interesting-bookstores-180954202/Curl up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-can-save-the-grand-canyon-180954329/A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Mad, Wonderful Photos From Mardi Gras and Carnivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mardi-gras-carnival-2015-photos-180954347/From New Orleans to Panama to Spain, revelers celebrated Mardi Gras and the days leading up to it with costumes, color and craziness Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vanport-oregon-how-countrys-largest-housing-project-vanished-day-180954040/A 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland's diversityWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:45:24 +0000Louisiana Spotlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/louisiana-spotlight-180954296/Explore the Bayou StateTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:52:01 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of New Orleanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-celebrate-mardi-gras-outside-new-orleans-180954286/The Big Easy might get all the fame, but places from Alabama to the south of France also know how to party before LentTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:33:35 +0000Now's the Time to See Hundreds of Bald Eagleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/weekend-visit-place-boasts-most-bald-eagles-lower-48-180954229/The Winter Wings Festival at Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is one of the longest-running bird festivals in the countryFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:44:49 +0000Five Spots for a Romantic Presidents' Day (or a Presidential Valentine's Day)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-spots-romantic-presidents-day-or-presidential-valentines-day-180954231/These locations combine presidential history and romanceFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:10:29 +0000How the Backwater Town of Washington, D.C. Became the Beacon of a Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-backwater-town-washington-dc-become-beacon-nation-180954144/As the Anacostia Community Museum delves into daily life in a city at war, author Ernest B. Furgurson recalls the nascence of a city on the verge Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:03:35 +0000Ten Restaurants the Best Chefs Say Are Worth Traveling Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-restaurants-chefs-would-travel-any-distance-visit-180954178/These establishments are always worth the trip, according to some of the top chefs in the worldWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Chocolate Destinations Around the World to Drool Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/world-travel-chocolate-countries-destinations-factory-tour-180954203/These five places from Belgium to Hong Kong offer their own enticing takes on the confectionWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:45:22 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for Unesco World Heritage Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-lloyd-wright-buildings-nominated-unesco-world-heritage-status-180954155/It's the first time the United States has nominated works of modern architecture Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:43:53 +0000Japan Announces Plans for the First Hotel Run by Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-announces-plans-first-hotel-run-robots-180954168/Slated to open July 17, the hotel in a Japanese theme park will be staffed by "actroids"Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:32:50 +0000The World’s Most-Visited Castles and Palaceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-most-visited-castles-180954081/From Paris to Beijing, these historic castles and palaces draw millions of visitors for a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famousThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:39:42 +0000One Night Each Winter, Devils Run Through the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/els-foguerons-sa-pobla-gracia-barcelona-festival-january-spain-sant-antoni-180954137/Since the early 1990s, Barcelona's winter bonfire festival has celebrated the intersection of Catalan and Majorcan culturesWed, 04 Feb 2015 18:14:34 +0000Vikings Storm the Streets at Up Helly Aa, Europe's Biggest Fire Festival (Photos)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/up-helly-aa-europes-biggest-fire-festival-scotland-180954031/Hundreds of local residents took to the streets, brandishing thousands of flaming torches, in an homage to Shetland's Viking heritageFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:09:58 +0000How SkyMall Captured a Moment of Technological and American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-skymall-captured-moment-technological-and-american-history-180954043/The now-bankrupt catalog had a meteoric rise and fallTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:32 +0000The Smithsonian May Go for the Gold, Opening a Venue at London's Olympic Groundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-may-go-gold-venue-london-olympic-grounds-180954029/The Smithsonian Regents give museum officials the thumbs-up to explore opening a new gallery in London and the mayor there says, "Welcome to our city"Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:40 +0000Celebrate 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-100-years-rocky-mountain-national-park-180954004/January 26 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park—and celebrations are going all year longMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:53:13 +0000Tour Paris With the Marquis de Sade as Your Guidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-paris-marquis-de-sade-your-guide-180954019/Traces still remain in the City of Love of the famed author and sex iconMon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000Craziest Airplane Cabins of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/craziest-airplane-cabins-future-180954021/These airplane cabin designs—both real and conceptual—show what might await us on flights in the near futureSun, 25 Jan 2015 19:24:34 +0000Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-thousands-monarch-butterflies-180953961/The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:17:48 +0000An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photographer-captures-stunning-underside-flipped-iceberg-180953951/On vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sightThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:22 +0000Best Places to See the Northern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-northern-lights-180953981/Find out where to witness the aurora borealis, with reindeer sleigh rides, ice hotels and hot springs includedWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:14:25 +0000Inside the Three-Decade Evolution of "Star Wars" Costumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-three-decade-evolution-star-wars-costumes-180953621/A Smithsonian traveling exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse at costumes from a galaxy far, far awayTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:42:17 +0000Celebrate National Cheese Lovers' Day With This Map of Cheese Found Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/celebrate-national-cheese-lovers-day-map-cheese-found-around-world-180953915/This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all overTue, 20 Jan 2015 12:34:04 +0000Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cubas-top-historic-sites-180953924/Cuba is rich in history-laden spots—and a relaxed travel ban will make it easier for Americans to visitMon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:17 +0000Where to See the Work of Mr. Turner Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-see-work-mr-turner-around-america-180953922/The British painter is the subject of a new film, but where can you see him stateside?Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:22:53 +0000Photos From the Coldest City on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-coldest-city-earth-180953888/What's it like to live and work in the coldest inhabited place on Earth? Photographer Amos Chapple shares his stories from the frozen cities of SiberiaWed, 14 Jan 2015 20:06:57 +000010 Thrilling Trips to Take with Smithsonian Journeys in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/10-Smithsonian-Journeys-trips-take-2015-180952578/From ancient fortresses in Sri Lanka to safaris in the shadow of Kilimanjaro, explore the world with Smithsonian JourneysTue, 13 Jan 2015 19:55:29 +0000What Are the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-are-1000-foods-eat-you-die-180953878/Written by a former New York Times restaurant critic, this tome will keep your appetite satisfied for a lifetimeTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:59 +0000Utah's Otherworldly Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/utahs-otherworldly-landscapes_1/Despite its dry desert landscapes, Utah is a land of endless surprises, and Glen Canyon is one of them, rivaling Arizona's Grand Canyon for sheer majestyFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:03:45 +0000The King's Keepers: Five Quirky Locations for Finding Elvis Beyond Gracelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beyond-graceland-shrines-elvis-around-country-180953809/From Georgia to Connecticut, Elvis' spirit lives on in unexpected placesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:45:06 +0000