Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/travel/RSS feed for TravelenThu, 16 Feb 2017 18:49:38 +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 +0000Eight Places to Celebrate the Accomplishments of Great American Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/places-celebrate-great-american-women-180961825/Women are grossly under-represented when it comes to recognition in public places, but here are a few places that pay tribute to their contributionsThu, 19 Jan 2017 21:21:55 +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 +0000Take a Look Inside These Six Presidential Homeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-former-presidential-homes-you-can-visit-this-inauguration-year-180961800/The White House isn't the only presidential address worth visiting this inauguration yearFri, 20 Jan 2017 16:30:33 +0000Take a Smithsonian Tour of All Things Presidentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-our-tour-all-things-presidential-smithsonian-180961838/Here's how to locate official presidential portraits, works of art, material culture and campaign memorabilia across the SmithsonianTue, 17 Jan 2017 22:09:18 +0000Meet the Michelin-Starred Chef Pushing the Limits of Vegetarian Cuisine in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/master-chef-tony-lu-restaurant-vegetarian-china-cultural-travel-kitchen-stories-food-180961613/Master chef Tony Lu discusses China’s changing tastes and his own innovative approach to 'Vegetarian Fusion'Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:06:28 +0000A Brief History of Food as Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/food-art-cultural-travel-180961648/From subject to statement, food has played a role in art for millenniaFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:20:05 +0000You've Been Slurping Ramen All Wrong http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ramen-atlas-of-eating-cultural-travel-food-history-180961651/In Japan, ramen is a culinary touchstone that goes way beyond foodFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:10:46 +0000Stories of Sports Champions in the African American History Museum Prove the Goal Posts Were Set Higher http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-african-american-history-museum-new-african-american-history-museum-goal-posts-prove-higher-sports-champions-180961735/The sports exhibition delves into the lost, forgotten or denied history of the heroes on the field Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:42:42 +0000The Speech and Bible From George Washington's First Inauguration Made History Many Times Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-washington-was-sworn-office-180961747/The first president created the tradition of giving an inaugural address and swearing the oath of office on a BibleWed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Get Lost in the Landscape that Inspired William Faulkner’s Greatest Novelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/william-faulkners-words-come-alive-rowan-oak-180961528/A new book of photography brings the late author's Mississippi homestead to lifeMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:35:00 +0000Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-these-ten-sites-celebrating-major-anniversaries-2017-180961689/From Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary to the founding of Denali National Park, there are plenty of events to fill your calendarThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:54:22 +0000The Couple Who Saved China's Ancient Architectural Treasures Before They Were Lost Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lovers-shanxi-saved-chinas-ancient-architectural-treasures-before-lost-forever-180961424/As the nation teetered on the brink of war in the 1930s, two Western-educated thinkers struck out for the hinterlands to save their country's richesWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:32:43 +0000Sparkling Ice Castles Take Form Across the Midwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/midwest-ice-castles-180961640/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:11:16 +0000Meet the Researchers Who Scour the World's Most Dangerous Corners in Search of Biological Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-researchers-scour-worlds-most-dangerous-corners-180961619/Militants, malaria and pirates are just some of the challenges these scientist-explorers face in their quest to map the world’s diversityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Atlas of Eatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/atlas-of-eating-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180961734/Take an in-depth look at food and culinary culture around the globe, including in-depth stories and favorite recipesSun, 01 Jan 2017 15:07:17 +0000Travel to the Birthplace of Pearlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-birthplace-pearls-180960618/Ago Bay is the pearl capital of the worldFri, 30 Dec 2016 21:55:42 +000010 of the World's Best Snorkeling Destinationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/10-worlds-best-snorkeling-destinations-180961622/Dive into the new year in these water wonderlandsFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:52:58 +0000A Photographer Captures Emptiness and Longing in Longfellow's Nova Scotiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/evangeline-captures-emptiness-longing-nova-scotia-180961401/Photographer Mark Marchesi spent four years tracing images from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem, "Evangeline"Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:45:00 +0000A Project to "Rewild" Europe, Brings a Safari-Style Camp to Portugalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/african-safari-camp-comes-europe-180960541/See Europe as it was five thousand years agoThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:21:01 +0000These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-locally-grown-design-ideas-were-created-people-people-180961555/A Cooper Hewitt exhibition spotlights the innovative and sustainable designs generated by those in search of solutionsThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Meet One of the Few Female Safari Guides in Kenyahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/meet-one-few-female-safari-guides-kenya-180961186/Though outnumbered by their male counterparts in the field, women have begun to take the reins in ecotourismThu, 29 Dec 2016 12:42:00 +0000How Ancient Volcanoes Created Armenia’s Pink Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/yerevan-armenias-pink-city-180961506/In the capital city of Yerevan, volcanic rock flows pinkWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:59:57 +0000A Brief History of America's Most Outrageous Dentisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/remember-when-pulling-teeth-was-fun-180960448/Painless Parker and his dental circus live on in a Philadelphia museumWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:30:04 +0000The New Art Scene Transforming Santa Fehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/santa-fe-past-meets-future-180961498/The city's image as a mecca of Southwestern-themed art and folksy spiritualism has begun to evolve, thanks to artists and entrepreneursTue, 27 Dec 2016 16:19:39 +0000This German Town Is Embedded with Millions of Tiny Diamondshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/german-town-contains-millions-diamonds-180961467/Scientists estimate that Nördlingen and the surrounding area contain approximately 72,000 tons of the gemstoneFri, 23 Dec 2016 12:35:00 +0000