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.
In 2013, a California couple walking their dog stumbled upon a stash of 19th-century gold coins, valued at $11 million. They’re donating some of the auction proceeds to help convert the San Francisco Mint—which produced the coins during the Gold Rush—into a museum. After the Gold Rush. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).
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
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
Timbuktu. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). UNESCO and local masons have begun restoring sacred tombs in Timbuktu that were destroyed by occupying militants in 2012. (The traditional pinasse boats moored here still carry travelers and goods to and from Timbuktu on the Niger.)
Water. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). March 22 is World Water Day, which brings attention to the world’s one billion people living without access to potable water. Whole World Water launched a campaign for the hospitality and tourism industry to filter and sell water in reusable glass bottles and donate a percentage of the profits to raise $1 billion annually for clean water projects around the world.
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.
Blood Moon. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). A total eclipse of the moon—the fourth lunar eclipse in a row with no intervening partial eclipses—begins at 1:20 a.m. EDT tonight. The event is being referred to as a blood moon, which sounds dramatic but is a phrase used to describe any total eclipse. (EarthSky.org explains why the moon turns coppery red during these celestial events.)