Springtime seems to bring out the bugs—the travel bugs, that is. And if you get bitten, you know you’ll start itching for a globetrotting adventure. These picks will help keep your explorer’s spirit satisfied until your next big quest.
1. Destination: Egypt
You don’t have to jet-set to Egypt to learn how to walk like an Egyptian. And given recent current events, we wouldn’t recommend it anyway. But you can still glimpse into the history and mystery of one of Egypt’s most famous rulers during Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt. After being lost in an underwater tomb for nearly 2,000 years, her intriguing story is resurrected through nearly 150 artifacts—including jewelry, coins, and statuary. Thru Sept 5. Tickets: $14–$23. Admission: adults $8.50, seniors $7.50, children 3–12 $6.50, toddlers 1–2 $4.50. Hours: Mon–Sat 10 am–5 pm, Sun 11 am–6 pm. 1301 Western Ave., West End, (513) 287-7000.
2. Destination: The Netherlands
Though sometimes overshadowed by the laissez-faire pastimes of its capital, Amsterdam, the Netherlands hold a unique and significant role in modern art. In Going Dutch: Contemporary Design from Local Collections and the Cincinnati Art Museum, viewers observe works associated with the Droog (Dutch for “dry”) Design movement. Works include creations like a wax vase created by honeybees and a washbasin made of felt, which are artistic reactions to excess, extravagance, and self-consciousness. Thru April 10. Admission: free. Hours: Tues–Sun 11 am–5 pm. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr., Eden Park, (513) 721-2787.
3. Destination: Australia, Belgium, Burundi, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Madagascar, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.
Talk about mileage! This 10-for-1 deal lets you peek into the cinematic cultures of all ten countries listed above in just a week. Presented by Cincinnati World Cinema, the 10th Annual Oscar Shorts & More offers screenings of the Academy Award-Nominated Live-Action & Animated Short Films from countries around the world, as well as funny international commercials. And, yes, there will be English subtitles in the slim chance you don’t speak Estonian or Malagasy. March 13–20. Tickets: $10. See website for screening times and package options. The Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave., Covington, www.cincyworldcinema.org.
4. Destination: North Dakota Badlands
Badlands are aptly named due to deep sands, steep slopes, and loose, dry soil—making this destination much safer to “visit” from afar. In The Scenic Northwest on Amtrak, a photographic train journey and lecture presented by Neal Jefferies, you’ll visit the almost-unknown Teddy Roosevelt National Park, an arguably more scenic badlands region than the better-known South Dakota Badlands. There will also be a visit to the Devil’s Tower, considered sacred by the local Native Americans. Enjoy photographic bonus detours to Portland and the nearby Greenland Air Museum, plus a tour to both parts of the beautiful Glacier National Park. Part of the Photography Travel Series, presented by Hamilton County Park District. March 18. Admission: free; a valid HCPD Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual; $3 daily) is required to enter the parks. Fri 7:30 pm. Winton Centre, 10245 Winton Rd., Eldorado, www.GreatParks.org.
5. Destination: Southern California
Let your taste buds do the touring at the Southern California Primer Wine Tasting, where anything born south of San Francisco goes. Known for varied soil conditions and microclimates, these wines are as unique as the environments in which they grew. Put on your sunglasses: sunny California never tasted so good. March 19. Tickets: $25. Sat 1–3 pm. The Cooking School, Jungle Jim’s International Market, Inc., 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, (513) 674-6000.