Travel Programs

Rick Steves returns to the Smithsonian

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Acclaimed author and travel authority Rick Steves is back by popular demand this spring, making his return to the Smithsonian stage with an illustrated program on thoughtful travel and the value of global perspective.

Steves believes there’s more to travel than hotel deals, great art, and tasty cuisine. Drawing from lessons he learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Steves outlines how traveling thoughtfully can make your trip an investment in a better world. After all, the greatest value of travel, he finds, is that it widens our horizons beyond our own hometown.

Rick Steves

Rick Steves at the "Mezquita" in Córdoba, Spain (

Other upcoming travel programs


Eight More Italian Regions Worth Discovering
Evening Program
Mon., Mar. 6 at 6:45 PM
Join us for the second of this five-session series with Fred Plotkin, an expert on all things Italian, as he reveals the history, mysteries, and pleasures of the regions of Abruzzo and Molise.

Philly Flower Show

The Philadelphia Flower Show
All-Day Tour
Fri., Mar. 17 at 9:30 AM
All 10 colorful acres of the 2017 edition of the world's largest indoor flower exhibition salute the Netherlands with the theme Holland: Flowering the World.

Travel Writing

The Craft of Travel Writing
All-Day Program with Book Signing
Sat., Mar. 18 at 9:30 AM
Travel writer Andrew Evans covers the essential skills and techniques that can help you tell the stories of your own travel adventures in this day-long workshop.


Traveling on the Danube: River of History
All-Day Program
Sat., Apr. 8 at 10 AM
Travel through time with art historian Ursula Rehn Wolfmann to explore some of the most historic and beautiful places along the shores of the Danube River.


Discover Cuba: One Island, Many Worlds
All-Day Program
Sat., Apr. 29 at 9:30 AM
Popular Smithsonian Journeys' study tour leader Emilio Cueto takes you on a virtual journey around the amazing island of Cuba.


The Splendors of Newport
4-Day Tour
Departs Fri., May 5 at 8 AM
Gilded Age society elevated summering by the sea to a whole new level when they transformed Newport. Join arts journalist Richard Selden for a 4-day tour through the elegant world of Henry James and Edith Wharton.

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