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Exploring America's attic: a guide to the Smithsonian Institution

What's over 165 years old, boasts 19 'arms' and 137 million dead and living objects? The Smithsonian Institution.<p>Quirky statistics aside, this place is no joke. Most travelers have heard of the Smithsonian before they visit Washington, DC. As far as popularity and fame go, it's DC's equivalent of …

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in July

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in July:</b><p>It’s not too late to join in on the madness at the <b>2014 FIFA World Cup</b> (June 12-July 13) in cities across <b>Brazil</b>. The semi finals, which kick off on July 4th, lead up to a final …

4 Cheap Alternatives For Your Summer Vacation

No surprises here that Latin America and Europe are topping the list of preferred destinations for travelers this summer. And it should come as a shock to absolutely no one that "popular" also translates to "pricey."<p>An easy way to make the most out of your trip is to take the road less traveled, …

New York Governor Urges Tourists to Get Out of NYC

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially opened his state’s summer tourist season by inviting vacationers to take what he called the “ultimate road …

The Contested Plan to Turn Athens' Abandoned Airport Into a Resort

After languishing for over a decade as a wasteland of crumbling terminals and rusting airplanes, Athens’ sprawling former airport complex is set for …

Search for Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Continues

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will shift south along a narrow arc identified as the most likely resting place of the plane, …

6 Tourism Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts …

The stuff of travel writers' nightmares

Travel nightmares touch us all to some degree. Despite a natural tendency to feel like we've been selected for special punishment as the nightmare unfolds, it's just part and parcel of the uncertainty that we implicitly agree to when we plan a trip.<p>When a travel writer suffers in the line of duty, …

Uncover the Secret Side of Rio de Janeiro

Here's how to experience the authentic culture of Brazil's second largest city.<p>Since the release of the animated movie <i>Rio</i> (2011), parents and kids might be forgiven for thinking the city on the coast of Brazil is populated by frolicking blue macaws, red-crested cardinals, and yellow canaries that …

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An Oversimplified Explanation of Airbnb’s Challenges and Success

After Airbnb raised its latest funding megaround, the company attained a massive $10 billion valuation. But the home-sharing startup faced plenty of …

KLM Dives Into Real Time Marketing at World Cup, and Get Slaughtered For It

Dutch airline KLM might have been going for its Oreo moment during the World Cup and instead pulled a Justine Sacco. After The Netherlands defeated …

Santiago's Cultural Rebirth Leads the Way for Tourism Growth

The city of Santiago, tucked under the towering Andes, cut off in the north by the world’s driest desert and in the south by frigid Patagonia, has …

Free Things to Do in Seattle

At once grungy and gourmet, lush and mod, the Emerald City has revitalized its best attractions while offering plenty for penny-pinchers. Pound the pavement through historic Pioneer Square, lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's compact downtown, and to its scenic waterfront—reveling in free gems …

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This map shows why Finland, Sweden, and the UK have more freedom than any other countries

A recent map from GOOD shows a new way to measure a country’s stature on the world stage: The freedom that its citizens have to travel the globe.<p>Western countries tend to have more travel freedom as measured by the number of visa exemptions, or the ability to get a visa on arrival. Finns, Brits, …

Dominican Republic

Top 10 Sporting Events

See Where the Olympics Rank on Our List of Top 10 Sporting Events<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything</i><p><b>The 24 Hours of Le Mans, France</b> <br>www.lemans.org <br>Skill, speed, and stamina are the three s’s that mark the world’s best automobile race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The race, …

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Air India Becomes First Indian Airline to Join a Global Airline Alliance

National carrier Air India will become the first Indian airline admitted to a global airline alliance on July 11 when it is slated to officially join …

French Minister Criticizes Plan to Hike Hotel Taxes

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has blasted plans to raise by more than five times hotel taxes paid by tourists, saying the move would be …

The Top 16 Travel Stats to Start Your Work Week

Our daily @skiftstats Twitter feed continues to send out byte-size data points every weekday about the global travel industry, serving as a great …

The Harlem Fine Arts Show hits the road - CNN Video

Are App Update Blurbs For Travel Apps Accurate Enough?

When it comes to the way travel companies describe “what’s new” in their app updates in iTunes and Google Play there is often much more than meets …

Greeks Take the Longest Vacations in Europe, But Spend the Least

Times are tough in Greece, and that means that people are cutting back on a wide range of things, including vacations. A quarter of Greeks said that …

Boeing marks milestone with1,500th 747 | CNN Travel

Yellowstone Adds Locally Grown Food to Its List of Attractions

When David Fales sat down for a hamburger at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel last spring, he told no one who he was.<p>He sat alone in the long, well-lit …

Ray LaHood Adds Voice to Norwegian Air Opposition

Norwegian Air Shuttle’s plan to launch the biggest low-cost airline crossing the Atlantic took another hit last week when former Transportation …

Yosemite celebrates 150th anniversary | CNN Travel

Planning the Camino: Why I'm Walking 300km

This week, I’m off on a new adventure: <b>I’m walking 310 km (192 miles) across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago.</b><p>I had learned about the Camino …

Behind the U.S. Summer Traveler's Search for Value

Travelers hitting the road this summer want value, according to Tracy Paurowski, director of public affairs for American Express Travel.<p>Americans …

5 Wimbledon Tips: How to Score Cheap Seats or Splurge in Style

PHOTO BY Chris Rafael/AELTC WIMBLEDON<p>The World Cup may have soccer fans riveted this week, but with England knocked out of play, all eyes in London are on that grand dame of tennis: Wimbledon. Whether you're trying to snag a cheap seat to this week's matches or planning a decadent Wimbledon escape …