Posts Tagged ‘smithsonian travel’

Photo: Gorilla Trekking in Central Africa

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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.

What could be more magical than a baby mountain gorilla?

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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Explore the Smithsonian from the Historic Hay-Adams Hotel

Monday, June 22nd, 2009
View from the rooftop terrace of the Hay-Adams Hotel. Photo: Courtesy of Flickr user Freddthompson.

View from the Hay-Adams roof. Photo: Flickr user Freddthompson.

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.

Exterior of the Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, DC.

After undergoing extensive renovations in 2001, the Hay Adams reopened 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.

Stay at the historic Hay-Adams and go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian. Click here to learn more about our Washington, D.C. weekend at the Smithsonian Institution.