Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

Atlanta plans events for anniversary of civil rights activist's birth

The Smart Traveler

January 07, 2007

THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE REV. Martin Luther King Jr. is planning a series of events in honor of his birthday. The national holiday honoring King is observed Jan. 15 this year.

The Atlanta History Center opens an exhibit that day called I Have A Dream: The Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection, which includes King's handwritten personal papers documenting his political activism, sermons and speeches. His "I Have a Dream" speech, his Nobel Peace Prize lecture, and his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail" will all be on display. The exhibit runs through May 13. For more information, call 404-814-4000 or go to atlantahistory center.com. For hotel packages that include tickets to the history center, go to atlanta.net.


Bloomsbury / $24.95

To some, perhaps to many, the road trip is a peculiarly American obsession. Author Robert Sullivan would heartily agree. "America," he writes, "is the road." In this humorous, wistful, often insightful but always quirky account of one family's summer trek across the country from Oregon to New York, Sullivan recalls the disasters, anecdotes and just weird incidents that accrue during life on the road. Sullivan waxes poetic about the modern motel breakfast area, the main area for socializing nowadays when traveling. He keeps a journal of his travels, of course, but he also reproduces drawings, illustrations and photographs, most of which are crude, odd and just plain funny.



Jamestown celebrates 400 years

Tickets are on sale for America's Anniversary Weekend, a festival May 11-13 that will mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, Va., America's first permanent English settlement. Single-day tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. Younger children get in free. The festival includes cultural events, interpretive demonstrations and exhibits at three spots including Historic Jamestowne. Tickets may be reserved at Americas 400thAnniversary.com. Planners are limiting festival attendance to 90,000 visitors.



On location

Last year's best movie locations, according to Budget Travel magazine:

1. Marie Antoinette (France, London and Geneva, Switzerland)

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (St. Vincent, the Exumas, Grand Bahama, Soufriere on Dominica)

3. Russian Dolls (Paris, London and St. Petersburg, Russia)

4. A Good Year (France)

5. Miss Potter (England)

6. The Painted Veil (China)

7. The Holiday (England and California)

8. The Da Vinci Code (England, Scotland, Malta and France)

9. Sketches of Frank Gehry (Spain)

10. The Illusionist (Czech Republic)


Scavenger hunt on a global scale

The fourth staging of an around-the-world travel competition is looking for 50 adventurous types for the Blind Date With the World scavenger hunt, which will lead to the title of the World's Greatest Travelers. For three weeks, 25 teams will travel the globe visiting at least 10 countries across four continents. Teams earn points by completing cultural-oriented scavenges and challenges. Travelers will be asked to help in the event's goal of raising $1 million for charities. Participants must raise or pay a $9,900 entry fee that includes all international airfare and hotels during the 23-day event. Go to globalscav engerhunt.com.



Take a walk over Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is scheduled to open March 28, according to Grand Canyon West, the development company financing the $30 million project in Arizona. The Skywalk, a glass-bottomed observation deck, will jut out from the edge of the canyon in a horseshoe shape, 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. The cantilevered deck will be open to the sky, with glass walls and a glass floor, supported by steel beams anchored 46 feet into the rock. Tickets are expected to cost about $25. The site is on the Hualapai Indian Reservation on the western rim of the canyon. Call 877-716-9378.


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