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Culture

  • Millennia before smartphones captured history's significant moments, artists across cultures were depicting occasions in tapestries, paintings and sculpture. Today the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Ontario, whose mandate is connecting cultures through the arts, houses more than 1,000 years of artistic accomplishments in its permanent collection. Visitors explore painted manuscripts, metalwork as well as scientific instruments, which showcase the breadth of Muslim civilizations from the Iberian Peninsula to China.

  • Since its 1837 founding on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago experienced rapid growth and quickly developed a reputation as a popular destination—for a host of reasons. Chicago is today the third-most populous city in the United States, behind New York and Los Angeles. It remains an economic powerhouse that attracts people from around the globe.

  • Mark your calendars! If your groups are itching to explore the United States' nature, culture and history, you now have further incentive: The National Park Service announced four entrance fee-free days for 2018.

  • "Wouldn't this look better as a lake?"

    I was staring out into Yosemite Valley. Half Dome and El Capitan loomed in the distance—two natural landmarks accomplishing what I thought impossible: Make the giant sequoias gathered below look small.

    "What?" I turned to the man standing next to me.

    "A joke," he said. "Someone once thought this valley would make a great lake."