Trips that allow travelers to explore building and design themes around the world are the specialty of Architectural Adventures, a travel program offered by The American Institute of Architects. A total of 16 destinations will be on offer in 2020 — each one an immersive adventure led by a design professional or experienced architect.
Here’s a sampling to inspire you:
Japan’s Allure in Spring: A Journey to the Land of the Rising Sun (April 8–20, 2020) takes in Tokyo’s contemporary architecture, minimalist design in Hakone, the traditional thatched-roof dwellings of Shirakawa-Go Gassho-zukuri Village, the opulent shogun residence of Nijo-jo Castle in Kyoto and architectural walking tours in the Omotesando/Aoyama and Ginza districts.
Andres Kurg, Professor of Architectural History and Visual Culture at the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, Leads Baltic Capitals: Witness a World Transformed (Sept. 1–14, 2020), during which highlights include Toompea Castle in Estonia, the 15th-century Trakai Castle on an island in Lake Galve, Peter and Paul Church, Riga’s St. Mary’s Cathedral and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vilnius. The tour also makes time to stroll the cobblestone streets of Riga’s Old Town to admire its blend of Romanticism, Gothic, Mannerism, Baroque, Eclectic and Modernism structures.
Both past and present are explored during Treasures of Peru: From Machu Picchu to Lake Titicaca (May 11–21, 2020). Machu Picchu, also called the Lost City of the Incas, and the baffling stone burial towers known as chullpas overlooking Lake Umayo at Sillustani are part of the itinerary. Participants will also visit the Moorish-influenced colonial mansion Palacio Torre Tagle, the temple and fortress ruins of Ollantaytambo, and the Church of Santo Domingo, constructed atop the foundations of the Incan Temple of the Sun, called Koricancha.
Egypt’s Evolution in Spring: From Ancient Wonders to Modern Innovation (March 15–27, 2020) offers travelers the opportunity to explore the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Temple of Amun. The journey also encompasses the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Abu Simbel temples, the Aswan High Dam, Saladin Citadel, the Horus Temple of Edfu and the mortuary ruins and temple in Deir el-Bahari.
During the Through Portugal & Northern Spain in Fall (Oct. 18–Nov. 3, 2020) expedition, travelers will journey to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Lisbon’s Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, explore Porto, tour the 13th-century León Cathedral and view Antoni Gaudí’s Modernist Casa Botines. The tour also includes Bilbao’s medieval Old Town and the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, along with a visit to Barcelona’s 22@ District, one of Europe’s most significant urban regeneration projects featuring buildings designed by Jean Nouvel.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).