Archive for the ‘Travel Hit Lists’ Category

Travel Hit List: China

Friday, September 18th, 2009

China is one of the world’s most talked-about destinations. Full of wonder, history, and culture, we can’t wait to go back soon. For the first-time travelers (and die-hard fans), here’s a taste of fascinating China:

Cyclist in Lijiang, China. Photo: Fredrik Stai, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Read: How some of Xi’an’s famous Terra-Cotta Warriors are leaving China for a while, and discover more about Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s lasting legacy.

Listen: Chinese Classical instrumental music.

Watch: Learn about the secrets to the design of China’s Forbidden City (courtesy of Smithsonian Channel).

Eat and Drink: Bird’s nest soup, anyone? Learn more about this highly prized Chinese delicacy.

Check out: A fascinating timeline of Chinese history, courtesy of the Institution’s Freer and Sackler galleries.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to China.

Next Summer: Looking for a great Study Abroad oppportunity? Smithsonian now offers Study Abroad programs for high schoolers in China. Click to check it out.

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Where in China would you most like to visit or revisit?

Travel Hit List: Tuscany

Friday, September 11th, 2009
Sunset on Siena. Photo: Christine Thompson. Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Sunset on Siena. Photo: Christine Thompson, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Tuscany never fails to pleaseit’s one of our favorite destinations and we’re sure you’ll love it too. Read on to find out all about this enchanting region.

Read: about a 600-year-old pharmacy begun by Florentine monks, where staff continue to make traditional herbal elixirs, in Smithsonian magazine.

Listen: Festa Italiana – Colorful folk music from Italy from Smithsonian Folkways.

Watch: Secret message or not? Learn from Smithsonian Channel about a mysterious inscription in a fresco by the Tuscan-born painter Vasari. Some believe that his fresco, Battle of Marciano in Val di Chiana, hides another secret fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Eat and Drink: Get the best of Tuscany’s food and wine traditions, guilt-free! Join our cycling journey through Tuscany.

Check out:rare Michelangelo drawing, discovered in our own collections at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Travel: Now is a great time to book a journey to Tuscany.

Which destinations do you want to see on the next Travel Hit List? Share your requests with us below.

Travel Hit List: Mongolia

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Sunrise over a Mongolian ger camp. Photo: David Chang

Mongolia is one of the world’s last untamed frontiers…. The nomadic culture, wild horses, and desert scenery are just the beginning of what’s on offer there for adventurous travelers.

Read: about renewed interest in Khara Khorum, the first capital of the Khan empire.

Hear: music from across the Silk Road.

Watch: what the Smithsonian is doing to preserve Przewalski Horses, a 250,000 year-old species native to Mongolia, but now extinct in the wild.

Eat and Drink: curds, lamb, and Sueeti Tsai (sweet tea).

Check out: an update on some fascinating anthropological work in Mongolia as Smithsonian scientists excavate Bronze Age burial mounds.

Go: Now is a great time to book a journey to Mongolia.

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What interests you most about Mongolia? Share below.

Travel Hit List: Tanzania

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
A leopard takes an afternoon rest. Photo: Vanessa Siemens, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

A leopard takes an afternoon rest. Photo: Vanessa Siemens, Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest

Is a Tanzanian Safari on your life list? Find out more about what a trip to Tanzania can offer you:

Read: an account from the midst of the annual wildebeest migration across the Serengeti Plain.

Hear: Music from across the continent, courtesy of Radio Africa, a partnership between the Smithsonian Museum of African Art and Smithsonian Global Sound.

Watch: Our live lioncam to see what the lions at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park are up to these days.

Eat and Drink: Learn all about how coconuts, bananas, and honey figure into a traditional Tanzanian feast, and see recipes here.

Check out: This account of a special afternoon in Tanzania, by one of our expedition leaders.

Go: Now is a great time to book a journey to Tanzania.

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What’s on your life list? Share below.

Travel Hit List: Ireland

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

 

The Gap of Dunloe, a narrow pass near Killarney, Ireland.

The Gap of Dunloe, a narrow pass near Killarney, Ireland.

 

 

There are so many reasons to visit Ireland. Take a virtual trip today, courtesy of our Travel Hit List.

Read: about the Hill of Tara, a rich archaeological and cultural site threatened by a four-lane highway.

Hear: Contemporary music from Northern Ireland.

Watch: Scientists from Ireland’s National Museum talk about body parts from 300 BC unearthed from a peat bog.

Eat and Drink: the best fish and chips in Ireland, according to Food & Think blogger Amanda Bensen.

Check out: A report from the Smithsonian National Zoo on why Ireland has no snakes.

Go: Now is a great time to book travel to Ireland.

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Been to Ireland? Share your favorite memory. Haven’t gotten there yet? What are you looking forward to most?