Weird DC

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DC is weird, dude. Whether you’re looking for secret underground bunkers or a creepy museum, you don’t need to stray far from the capital to find a new reality. Here are a few of our favorite capital creep-shows: Oz – Watkins Regional Park ( 30m) Tucked away in a quiet suburb of Upper Marlboro, MD …

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Fall Festival at Cox Farms

Best time to go: 09/17 - 11/20  

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$15 – $20pp (weekends) / $7pp (weekdays) – $80 for a family of four can seem expensive for a day at the farm, but Cox does it right. With mountains of gigantic slides, music and a hefty dose of camp, it’s an excellent place to spend a day with the kids. Cox Farms is open …

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An open field of sunflowers extend almost to the sky at at McKee-Beshers WMA near Washington, DC

DC’s best sunflower fields during peak bloom

Best time to go: 07/20 - 08/20  

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These public sunflower fields (situated in the 2000 acre McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area) are re-planted each summer to attract game birds in advance of the September 1 start of hunting season.

Veterans Day Events in DC

Best time to go: 11/11 - 11/11  

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Trapped at home with the kids out of school this Veterans Day? Fortunately, there are plenty of things to do in the Washington, DC area. All the downtown museums are open on Veterans Day, including the National Gallery of Art, the Air & Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and …

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DC’s Newest (free) Museum

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When I first heard about a museum devoted to words, I thought: “nah, my kids will never go for that.” …and I’m an English major, with a zillion books in my house and an obsession with etymology. It just doesn’t seem like the kind of subject that would lend itself to a museum. What are …

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Peirce Mill and Rock Creek Park

Best time to go: 04/01 - 10/31  

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Peirce Mill had been grinding away for nearly a hundred years before Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. drafted his plans for Rock Creek Park. As the park grew and milling became less lucrative, the Peirce Mill transitioned into a tea-house for tourists. Peirce Mill has been considered among the best spots in DC for outdoor recreation …

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Explore the C&O Canal and Potomac Heritage Trail

THE ORIGINAL Potomac Heritage Trail extends for just 20 miles along the Virginia side of the Potomac River. The National Park Service has since expanded the definition to include over 800 miles of trail on both sides of the river, from the mouth of the Potomac to the Ohio River Basin. DC is the central …

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The 7 Best Ski Resorts near DC

Best time to go: 01/15 - 02/29  

There are a dozen ski resorts within a short drive from Washington, DC. Liberty, Canaan, Wisp, Wintergreen and Bryce are among our favorites.

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Best of Baltimore: 3 Days in Charm City

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Baltimore is a world apart from DC. The touristy waterfront is just the beginning. Here are some of my favorite, off-the-beaten-path destinations in Charm City, USA. DAY 1: The Waterfront On a recent trip to Baltimore, I had a tête-à-tête with a three-toed sloth and caressed a live jellyfish with my bare hands, and that …

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Top 7 best ice skating rinks in DC

Best time to go: 11/15 - 03/01  

DC hosts a number of great outdoor ice rinks that open up in November and stay open through February.