The weather is turning colder and holiday music is in the air. If you are looking for festive fun, Washington, DC has so much to offer. With temperatures generally in the 40’s and 50’s and mostly sunny days, I think it’s perfect weather for some of the unique outdoor activities that happen during the month of December, like the Downtown Holiday Market. For those that prefer to be warm and cozy, there are also plenty of indoor options for holiday fun. I've offered a bit of both with these 6 ways to experience DC during the holidays.
September is here, and it’s my favorite time of year! Fall is already in the air, with cooler temperatures in the evenings and some of the leaves already starting to turn. What I really enjoy about fall in this area are all the fun outdoor activities. Every weekend between now and Thanksgiving, there is an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fall weather. Check out these 5 ways to celebrate fall that are within a 3 hour drive from DC.
Over the past few months, I’ve been making an effort to get out and explore close to home, so this past weekend, I decided it was time to visit the U.S. Botanic Garden. Did you know that it was George Washington’s vision over 200 years ago that led to Congress establishing the Garden in 1802, making it one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America? And what better time to visit than during December, when this living plant museum is all decked out for the season.
Update for the 2017-2018 season, Season’s Greenings will feature Roadside Attractions, including iconic places like Cadillac Ranch in Texas and South Dakota’s Corn Palace. The exhibit will run from November 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018. Expect crowds during peak holiday times.
It’s that time of year again, when the weather starts to turn colder, colored lights are twinkling and the sound of holiday music begins to fill the radio. What better way to celebrate the season then to stroll through an outdoor market while sipping mulled cider or hot chocolate. Luckily there are plenty of festive outdoor markets on the east coast, including several that are modeled after the famous Christkindlmarkt in Nuremberg, Germany. I think these markets are the perfect place to find unique gifts and handmade items for holiday shopping, and it’s a great alternative to fighting the crowds at your local shopping mall! Here are some popular markets to add to your list for 2016.
*This is an updated version of the 3 East Coast Holiday Markets to Visit in 2015, originally posted November, 2015
Fall is in the air, with clear blue skies and cooler temperatures throughout most of the U.S. If you are like me, schedules get busy and traveling slows down a bit. Spending a day or weekend at a state park is the perfect way to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather. While America’s state parks may not get as much media attention as their national park counterparts, their popularity has soared in recent years, recording over twice as many visitors in 2014 versus national parks. This is due largely to the accessibility of many parks, especially for day trips. For inspiration, I’ve reached out to fellow travel bloggers from around the country who have weighed in with some their favorites, each with a link to a blog post with more details. Check out these 8 gems and start planning a day or weekend fall family outing.
Everyone loves to start the New Year with a resolution, so this year I decided mine would be to work harder to keep in touch with extended family. When I saw that the weather was looking perfect the first weekend in January, my daughter and I decided to make a quick road trip to visit my 94 year old aunt, who lives outside of Philadelphia. It was also a great excuse to continue our search for the best cheesesteak in Philly!
As I put the finishing touches on this blog post, I hear the weatherman say that is going to be close to 70 degrees this weekend! All the more reason you should consider visiting DC during the colder months. Most tourists, as well as locals, tend to visit between March and October. But December and January are often wonderful times to see some of the more popular attractions like the National Archives Museum and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum because the crowds are much smaller (excluding the week between Christmas and New Year’s). With that said, the weather is never predictable, with 70 degrees temperatures one week and snow the next, so be prepared. You should always check before you go for any closings or late openings due to weather. Besides staying warm in all the free museums, here are five fantastic reasons to head to DC during the colder months.
It’s that time of year again, when the weather starts to turn colder, and the sound of holiday music begins to fill the air. Make the season special by visiting one of the festive holiday markets that can be found throughout the US. Each offers a unique buying opportunity for that hard to please person on your list. As an update to last years post, Visit a Holiday Market, which highlighted 5 popular markets in the US, here are 3 more east coast venues to add to the list. So bundle up and try something different this holiday season.
Summer is in full swing and as the days get hotter, it’s a wonderful time to visit what I consider to be some of DC’s most interesting attractions. As a bonus, they are all inside, so its perfect for those dog days of summer. Although the city is filled with the fabulous and free Smithsonian complex of museums, I think these three gems are worth the price of admission.
Now that winter has officially begun, my family has been thinking about planning a weekend ski trip. Luckily around the mid-Atlantic region there are many options within a 3-4 hour drive. Here are five popular places to visit once winter is in full force and the snow really starts to fall.