Travel notes: Universal-Exorcist, Eiteljorg, toilets, LLBean
UNIVERSAL PARKS’ HALLOWEEN THEME: THE EXORCIST
Halloween mazes at Universal theme parks in Hollywood, California, and in Orlando, Florida, will be themed this fall on the classic horror movie “The Exorcist.”
The mazes at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will recreate scenes and moments from the 1973 hit movie about a girl whose mother believes she is possessed by the devil. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and was so influential in pop culture and the horror genre that it was preserved by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
GRAND CANYON ... IN THE MIDWEST
You can explore the Grand Canyon without leaving the Midwest.
An interactive exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis showcases the history, geology and beauty of the natural wonder. You can measure your height and arm length against the size and wingspan of birds of prey, use a computer to zoom in and around the terrain, and see how many times a skyscraper stacks up inside the canyon’s stone walls.
Displays include fossils, Native American pottery and baskets, photos by Ansel Adams, paintings by Thomas Moran and artifacts connected to tourism and exploration of the canyon, like signs, uniforms and tools. There’s even a look at footwear worn in the canyon, from ancient sandals woven from fibrous plants by indigenous people, to modern, high-tech sandals.
The exhibition coincides with this year’s celebration of the centennial of the National Park Service.
The exhibition, which includes special events, talks and programs, many of them geared to families, runs through Aug. 7.
BATHROOM WITH A VIEW
A new book called “Toilets: A Spotter’s Guide” showcases some of the best places to go around the world.
Restrooms with a view include an outhouse in the Swiss Alps, a campsite toilet in Iceland and a hut located 12 miles from Lake Louise in Canada’s Banff National Park. For high-tech toilets, head to Tokyo, where buttons on the loo include spray, bidet and warm seat.
Artsy bathrooms range from a restroom made from steel plates in a spiraling pattern along the Lady Bird Lake Trail in Austin, Texas, to a spaceship-shaped structure designed by architect I.M. Pei hovering above restrooms in a park outside the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. A circular design of black-and-white stripes surrounds a toilet at the Standard Grill in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. In Foshan, China, there’s a bathroom-themed art installation, consisting of 10,000 toilets, sinks and urinals made in local ceramics factories, comprising a flushing fountain in Shiwan Park.
The book is published by Lonely Planet.
L.L.BEAN ADVENTURE TRIPS
The Maine-based retailer L.L.Bean has been offering courses in fly-fishing, archery and other outdoor activities for years through its Outdoor Discovery Schools, but this year for the first time, the company is partnering with tour operators on weeklong trips in Maine.
There are three options: a seven-day hiking, kayaking and biking trip this summer with lodging in inns; an eight-day summer trip with four or five hours a day of hiking in mountains and on the coast, with lodging in B&Bs and inns; and a seven-day fall hiking trip in Maine’s Moosehead Lake and western mountain regions, including canoeing the Dead River, with accommodations in lodges and wilderness huts.