Fresh Travel Ideas for 2015

Often imitated but never duplicated, the world's original ice hotel, located in the remote Swedish town of Jukkasjärvi, turns 25 this year. Read more: The Making and Remaking of the Original Ice Hotel (Paulina Holmgren)
Each winter, peaking in February, hundreds—sometimes thousands—of bald eagles descend upon the Klamath Basin. U.S. bald eagle populations are beginning to recover after hitting a low of 487 a half century ago. Read More: Now's the Time to See Hundreds of Bald Eagles (Barbara Scoles)
The United States has nominated ten of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings for inclusion on the Unesco World Heritage List this year, including his most famous work, Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Get there before the crowds. Read More: Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status." (© Richard A. Cooke/CORBIS)
Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its 100th birthday this year. The park is planning special events throughout the year, including wildflower tours, wilderness survival courses and a cowboy-inspired "chuckwagon cookoff." Read More: Celebrate 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Park (© Christian Kober/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis)
Highclere Castle, Hampshire Country, England: Highclere Castle, home of the Earl of Carnarvon but perhaps more famous for its role as the setting for "Downton Abbey," is opening part of its grounds to overnight guests for the first time this spring.

Read More: Soon, You'll Be Able to Spend the Night on the Grounds of Downton Abbey (© James Emmerson/Robert Harding World Imagery/Corbis)
House of Augustus, Rome, Italy: In time for the 2,000 anniversary of the emperor's death, visitors to the home of Augustus Caesar in Rome can see restored frescos that were never before displayed to the public.

Read More: Visitors to Emperor Augustus' Home Can Now See the Same Frescos He Did (© Ettore Ferrari/epa/Corbis)
Eiffel Tower, Paris: Last fall, Paris added a shot of adrenalin to an old landmark: The Eiffel Tower's newly renovated first landing now includes a solid glass floor, allowing visitors to peer directly down at the passing foot traffic 57 meters below. (© Jacky Naegelen/Reuters/Corbis)
Foundation Louis Vuitton: Frank Gehry's must-see, curved glass creation for Fondation Louis Vuitton opened in Paris this past October. The museum and performance space is dedicated to celebrating contemporary art and culture in France and beyond. See upcoming exhibits. (© Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis)
Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China: The 2,000-foot-tall tower, expected to open in 2015, will be China's tallest, and second only to Dubai's Burj Khalifa worldwide. The self-proclaimed "city within a city" will include office, retail and hotel space, as well as a tourist observation deck overlooking Shanghai's Huangpu River. (© Imaginechina/Corbis)
Ellis Island, New York: For the first time in 60 years, hard hat tours of some of Ellis Island's abandoned buildings are being offered to the public. The tours are part of a collaboration with the French artist JR, who evokes the lives of the people who visited the island a century ago through an installation of eerie photographs.

Read More: Ellis Island Is Opening an Abandoned Hospital to the Public for the First Time in 60 Years Rana Xavier)
Biomuseo, Panama: The technicolored biodiversity museum designed by Frank Gehry finally opened at the entrance of the Panama Canal last fall. The museum, Gehry's first project in Latin America and the first of its kind in the country, is a celebration of Panama's natural heritage and biodiversity.

Read More: Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Business" (© Carlos Jasso/Reuters/Corbis)

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