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Daily Transporter: Washington Monument Reopens

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Washington goes Wonka—twelve lucky followers of the Department of the Interior's Instagram feed have been chosen as winners. The prize? To be among the first to the top of the Washington Monument on May 12, its reopening day, so they can document the festivities on their own feeds.

See the Washington Monument in America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks

Editor’s Picks: Washington, D.C.
Best Indian Restaurants in the U.S.
America’s Best Spring Drives
America’s Best Margaritas

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Yosemite

glorious national park view

Cameras mounted on unmanned drones have found a place in nature photographer’s arsenal (case in point: this breathtaking GoPro video taken at Arches NP in Moab) but as of last week, the National Park Service has banned the use of drones inside vast Yosemite, saying that they disrupt both peace and emergency services.

See Yosemite in World’s Scariest Hikes

Editor’s Picks: Yosemite
Ultimate Adventure Travel Bucket List
Super-Short Travel Disaster Stories
Great National Park Lodges

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Little Big Cat

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Last week, guests at Kenya’s Olare Mara Kempinski safari camp didn’t need to join game drives to see lions up close—a lioness gave birth to two cubs under the platform of one of the luxury camp’s twelve tents.

See Masai Mara in Best Life-Changing Trips

Editor’s Picks: Kenya Game Parks
World’s Greatest Animal Migrations
World’s Most Romantic Sunsets
World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Elephants in China

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The wild elephant population of China’s lushly forested Yunnan Province has grown to nearly 300, thanks to strict laws—poachers are subject to the death penalty—and feeding programs funded by the government. (China also compensates local farmers for sugar cane, rice, and banana crops lost to snacking pachyderms.)

See Yunnan Province in Best Life-Changing Trips

Editor’s Picks: Western China
New Wonders of the World
Newest Wonders of the World
It List: Best New Hotels

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Barcelona

Tibidabo Park

Barcelona scarcely lacks diversions (including Tibidabo Park, pictured here), but in 2016 a new Ferrari Land theme park will open just outside the city. The park will feature Europe’s fastest and highest vertical accelerator, a slingshot–like ride in which a passenger pod—attached by bungee cords to two towers—is launched skyward.

See Barcelona in World’s Coolest Observation Decks

Editor’s Picks: Barcelona
World’s Best Cities for Romance
Europe’s Best Places to Eat Like a Local
Best Hotels in Spain

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: Gunnar Knechtel

Daily Transporter: Heartland Art Scene

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A different kind of speedway opened in Indianapolis last May with the unveiling of the Indy Cultural Trail. The 8-mile-long paved trail, enlivened by public art, landscaping, and bike racks, intersects the Canal Walk (pictured here) and connects the city’s six cultural districts.

See Indiana in America’s Most Iconic Drives

Editor’s Picks: Indiana
Strangest State Fair Food
America’s Coolest Breweries
America’s Best Lake Vacations

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: NYC in Haiku

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For National Poetry Month, the New York Times requested NYC-inspired haiku from its readers. Among other sentimental, funny, cranky entries, this: The City’s timeless/ But still, don’t let it fool you/ It’s never the same.

See New York City in America’s Coolest Street Art

Editor’s Picks: New York City
America’s Best Comedy Clubs
America’s Strangest People
America’s Best Coffee Cities

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnycGet the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of T+L Photo Contest

Daily Transporter: Laos

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Luang Prabang’s daily alms offering—a silent procession of monks accepting food from alms-givers—was nearly cancelled because of some disrespectful behavior among observers. The government, keen to retain the tourist revenue generated by the ceremony, allegedly arranged to have citizens dress up as monks if the holy men withdrew from the ritual, but so far the tradition continues.

See Laos in Best Countries for Solo Travelers

Editor’s Picks: Laos
World’s Top Night Markets
T+L’s Best Photography Tips
World’s Top 25 Hotels

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo: timeinthisworld

Daily Transporter: Waikiki SPAM Jam

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At today’s Waikiki SPAM Jam—the annual manifestation of Hawaii’s abiding love for the canned pink meat—local artisanal popsicle company Onopops will be selling some custom flavors: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Candied SPAM, and Pineapple Sorbet with Candied SPAM, Brown Spice & Cherries popsicles.

See Honolulu: A Local’s Tour

Editor’s Picks: Honolulu
America’s Best Outdoor Bars
Beautiful Beach Photos
World’s Best Cities for Romance

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo of the Modern Honolulu Hotel's pool bar: Linny Morris

Daily Transporter: Mackinac Island

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The 127-year-old Grand Hotel opens for the 2014 season this weekend, but Lake Huron’s winter hasn’t quite given up. So far, thick ice has kept the ferries from making regular trips across the Straits of Mackinac and the hotel is encouraging guests to fly over instead. (This sunny shot promises summer ahead, though!)

See the Grand in America’s Best All-Inclusive Resorts

Editor’s Picks: Michigan
World’s Most Beautiful Ferry Rides
World’s Scariest Bridges
America’s Best Beach Boardwalks

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc. Get the Daily Transporter newsletter in your in-box.

Photo courtesy of the Grand Hotel

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