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Emmy-nominated television host, writer and producer Darley Newman returns to Smithsonian Associates Streaming in 2022 for three livestreamed programs. Newman will share insights into historic destinations along Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and South Carolina’s new Liberty Trail, along with her recommendations for the best destinations of 2022. She covers the changes and trends in travel today and what travelers can do to best enjoy their adventures.
Travels with Darley: Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail
Wednesday, Jan. 12; 6:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. CT
Newman shares insights into Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail, which invites travelers to follow in the footsteps of legends and activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, whose stories are told in the museums, churches and other landmarks lining the trail. She suggests area guides and experts who can enhance visitors’ experience, as well as recommendations for great local food, drink, lodging and hotspots along the way. The evening features a sneak preview of Newman’s Travels With Darley episodes, which spotlight the Civil Rights Trail and premiere winter 2022. She also invites the audience behind the scenes of the PBS series as she welcomes some of its special guests for a live conversation.
Best Destinations for 2022
Thursday, Jan. 20; 6:45 p.m./5:45 p.m. CT
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the travel industry and the criteria that guides travelers in planning their trips. Newman shares insider’s tips and recommendations on where to travel in 2022—places that combine culture, cuisine, history and a healthy dose of wellness and nature. She covers the changes and trends in travel today, including what destinations are doing to welcome visitors in a healthy and sustainable way. From Asia to Europe, the U.S. to Africa, participants can discover a diverse cross-section of travel opportunities and how to enhance their safety practices away from home.
Travel’s with Darley: Discover the Liberty Trail
Thursday, Feb. 24; 6:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. CT
Some of the most significant American losses and victories of the Revolutionary War took place in South Carolina, where the state’s brand-new Liberty Trail invites travelers to uncover lesser-known sites and fascinating figures related to the period. Newman shares how visitors can get the most out of their exploration of the trail. The evening features a sneak preview of her Travels With Darley episode that highlights Charleston and the Liberty Trail, premiering winter 2022. Newman also offers a behind-the-scenes look at its filming as she welcomes guests featured in the series for a live conversation.
Travels with Darley takes viewers on U.S. and international adventures with a focus on the history, food, music and art that reflect diverse cultures and traditions. The series is on PBS, Amazon Prime, Ovation TV’s Journy [sic] and as video shorts on Verizon Digital. An engaging speaker and travel expert, Newman is also known for her adventures horseback riding the globe for the popular PBS series Equitrekking.
The “Travels with Darley: Alabama’s Civil Right Trail” presentation is $25 for general admission and $20 for Smithsonian Associates members. Ticket prices for “Best Destinations for 2022” and “Travels with Darley: Discover the Liberty Trail” are $15 for general admission. The “Best Destinations for 2022” program is made possible in part by the support of the Korea Tourism Organization. “Discover the Liberty Trail” is made possible in part by the support of the American Battlefield Trust. Tickets and information are available at www.smithsonianassociates.org.
For 55 years, Smithsonian Associates—the world’s largest museum-based education program—has produced vibrant educational and cultural programming that brings the Smithsonian to life. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s research, collections and exhibitions nearly 1,000 public programs spark creativity and excite learning in people of all ages each year.
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