Sometimes, saying “I’ll never be the same again” is a good thing. Gorilla trekking is a life-changing experience. Little compares to the magic combination of the rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda, up-close views of these endangered animals, and a unique understanding of the 740 mountain gorillas still make their homes in the primeval forests of central Africa. We’re sure you’ll never be the same after this.
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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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Opened in 1928, the historic Hay-Adams Hotel is the featured hotel for this year’s Celebrate Smithsonian insider’s tour. The homes of John Hay and Henry Adams once stood where the hotel sits now. Its unparalleled views of the executive mansion have been enjoyed for decades by luminaries like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Ethel Barrymore.
The hotel was developed by D.C. real-estate magnate Harry Wardman, who is best known for the thousands of rowhouses he had built in the city, which popularized the use of a front porch. Wardman also built luxury apartment buildings in the Columbia Heights and 16th Street corridors, as well as the Wardman Park Hotel.
Like many businessmen of the time, his fortunes folded with the 1929 crash of the U.S. stock market. Undaunted, he continued to build more modest homes until his death in 1938.
After undergoing extensive renovations in 2001, the Hay Adams re-opened to critical acclaim, as well-known for its service as its distinguished history and architecture. Recently, in January, 2009, the Obama family stayed at the Hay-Adams while preparing for the Inauguration.