The World Cup. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). Need to know where your FIFA World Cup seats are in relation to the nearest caipirinha vendor? Take a virtual tour of the twelve stadiums hosting this month’s soccer extravaganza thanks to Google Street View. Google has also beefed up its transit coverage in Brazil to help fans find the easiest routes to the goal.
Parco Archaeologico Sommerso di Baia, Pozzuoli, Italy
Last Thursday, the U.S. and Cuba announced that diplomatic relations between the countries would resume after more than a half-century. For now, though travel restrictions have loosened, “ordinary tourism” remains under sanction. | Via Travel + Leisure
Heartland Art Scene. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). 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) and connects the city’s six cultural districts.
Lake Mead, the reservoir created by the Hoover Dam, is popular with divers. Underwater sites include desert rock formations, immersed since the Colorado River was dammed, as well as submerged train tracks and concrete tunnels left over from the dam's construction in the 1930s. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).
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Skirting along the southwest coast of Madagascar, the 185-mile Toliara reef system is home to more than 6,000 species of wildlife, many of which are endangered. Fifty small marine reserves have been set up along the reef, and coastal communities increasingly practice sustainable fishing. | Via Travel + Leisure
St. Louis. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). St. Louis turns 250 today. To celebrate, there is a historical reenactment of the founding at St. Louis City Hall and a family-friendly birthday bash at the Missouri History Museum launching its special 250 in 250 exhibition.