Colorado City Life | Denver, Colorado

While Colorado has plenty of natural beauty (four national parks, 42 state parks, and eight national monuments to be exact), it also has its fair share of arts and culture. Enjoy an urban getaway in Denver, where there’s always something going on. Here are the best spots to check out in the Mile High City.


The Crawford Hotel

Located inside trendy Union Station, The Crawford Hotel incorporates Denver’s rich history into newly renovated spaces. Each floor showcases a different era of Denver’s past, with styles ranging from Victorian to art deco. The unique hotel has views of the Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains. Add even more excitement to your stay with the Stranahan’s Curated Special. In addition to a two night stay, the package includes a tour of local distillery Stranahan’s (with Tesla chauffeur service), a bottle of whiskey, and two tasting glasses.


Union Station

First established as a train station over a century ago, Union Station was recently renovated and transformed into “Denver’s Living Room,” a collection of local restaurants, bars, and shops. Be sure to stop by Milkbox, where you can choose from 16 flavors of local ice cream and a selection of boozy milkshakes – we recommend The Dignitary, with Coconut Almond Fudge and rum. To learn more about Denver’s past, you can tour Union Station. Tours include information about the building’s art and history and culminate in your choice of beer or wine at the Terminal Bar.


Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic GardensYork Street location provides natural beauty in the midst of central Denver. Stroll through dozens of gardens featuring both local and international plants. Be sure to see (and smell) the Fragrance Garden, a collection of flowers and herbs that stimulate the senses, and the Victorian Secret Garden, inspired by the tropical gardens popular in the 1800s. Right now you can also see Calder: Monumental, a collection of sculptor Alexander Calder’s bold, geometric creations.


Denver Art Museum

Famous for its variety of exhibitions and iconic architecture, the Denver Art Museum is one of the city’s best attractions. See everything from European paintings to bamboo carvings to interactive installations. La Musidora, on through October 29th, features colorful wicker rocking chairs that double as musical instruments – simply sit and rock in them to create your own music. Admission to the Denver Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of each month.


Fiction Beer Company

Fiction Beer Company was created by a book lover and a beer lover that merged their interests and created “liquid literature.” Their brews are inspired by their favorite books, and categorized into “genres” including Classics, Adventure, and Fantasy. Try Old Bums and Beat Cowboys, a pale ale with citrus and tropical fruit flavors that was inspired by Kerouac’s On the Road, a novel that prominently features Denver.

Thanksgiving Getaway | Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia


What better place to spend Thanksgiving than in Williamsburg, Virginia? This quaint area is steeped in early American history, from the first colonies through the Revolutionary War. It’s home to the Historic Triangle encompassing Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg, and Yorktown. Explore multiple museums and venues that make history come alive for exciting and educational trip.


Williamsburg Lodge

Located next to the Revolutionary City in Colonial Williamsburg, the Williamsburg Lodge makes for a fun and convenient stay. Rooms are decorated in a style reminiscent of colonial Virginia, and the lodge has easy access to a spa, golf course, and historic taverns. The America’s Historic Triangle Package is perfect for experiencing all Williamsburg has to offer. Enjoy daily breakfast as well as unlimited admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Yorktown Victory Center, Historic Jamestowne, and Yorktown Battlefield. 


Colonial Williamsburg

Explore the world’s largest living history museum at Colonial Williamsburg. Get a sense of what life was like in the colonies during the American Revolution by watching and interacting with live actors in character as 18th-century townspeople, politicians, shopkeepers, and more. Learn about the trades, homes, and community areas of the colonies during a guided tour through the Revolutionary City, then watch and take part in live demonstrations. You can also visit historic shops and buy souvenirs of colonial-inspired clothes, household goods, jewelry, and stationary.


Historic Jamestowne

Built in 1607 by Captain John Smith, Jamestown was the first English settlement in the Americas. Learn all about our country’s earliest history at Historic Jamestowne, a site dedicated to exposing and preserving the stories of the settlement. It’s home to the Jamestown Rediscovery project, which is working to uncover the original James Fort. Watch excavations, talk to the archaeologists, and browse the Archaearium, which houses over 4,000 Jamestown artifacts. Be sure to see The World of Pocahontas, Unearthed, an exhibit full of Indian-made artifacts that help illuminate the relationship and interactions between the Powhatans and the English.


A Chef’s Kitchen

A Chef’s Kitchen provides unique culinary experiences perfect for cooking enthusiasts and foodies. Sign up for a Dinner Class, a combination served meal/cooking demonstration in a small theater-style room. The dinner includes hors d’oeuvres, five courses, champagne, and wine pairings. Chefs will show you how to prepare all of the dishes in entertaining demonstrations, and you get to take home the recipes. Orange-vanilla and mascarpone cheesecake, sweet potato and butternut squash soup with toasted pumped seeds, and Thai coconut stewed shrimp are just some of the dishes that may be on your menu.


The Williamsburg Winery

Stop by Williamsburg Winery to spend an afternoon sipping wine and admiring the beautiful grounds. The 40-acre vineyard has numerous grape varietals including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier, and more. Purchase tickets online for the Tour and Tasting with Lunch. You’ll take a guided tour of the winery and taste seven different wines in a souvenir engraved Williamsburg Winery glass. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine, main course, dessert, and coffee or tea at the winery’s Gabriel Archer Tavern.

Thanksgiving Getaway | New York, New York


Find holiday cheer in New York City this Thanksgiving and kick off the season in style. Stay in the heart of the city near Times Square, see the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving dinner. You won’t run out of things to do in the city that never sleeps!


Sanctuary Hotel

The Sanctuary Hotel is located in Midtown Manhattan, close to Times Square, Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center, and Fifth Avenue. The lavish boutique hotel is dedicated to creating a top-notch guest experience complete with excellent service, luxury European linens, spa-inspired bathrooms, and complimentary breakfast. Book the Thanksgiving at the Sanctuary! offer to receive 15% off your stay and a $50 food and beverage credit for TENDER, their elegant steak and sushi restaurant. Best of all, you’ll be within walking distance of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! 


Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 90th year! The 2016 parade promises to be spectacular ­– see Charlie Brown, SpongeBob, and Pikachu balloons, and watch live performances from Tony Bennett, Fitz and the Tantrums, and more. This year, see the parade in person instead of from your couch. Wake up early on Thanksgiving morning, grab a pumpkin spice latte, and stake out a spot.



Cassette serves unique cocktails, an extensive selection of wine and beer, and an assortment of food ranging from simple (Avocado Toast) to indulgent (Bouchot Mussels). Though it’s a good choice for brunch or dinner any day, we recommend heading there for Thanksgiving dinner while you’re in town. Their prix fixe menu has three courses of tasty foods, including cast iron skillet cornbread, leek bread pudding, and sweet potato pie with charred marshmallow and caramelized pastry crust.


Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

Whether you want to get a head start on holiday shopping or you’re just looking for a unique souvenir, the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is worth a visit. The free event takes place the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving and is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Browse clothes, accessories, décor, and more from 40+ sellers, and try food from local vendors like Ejen Korean Comfort Food. The event also has complimentary cocktails, a live DJ, and a photo booth.


Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery first opened in West Village in 1996. Their irresistible desserts quickly became a sensation, and they now have locations all over the world. Magnolia makes cupcakes, cakes, muffins, scones, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, brownies, and more. Stop by for dessert one day and take home a bag of treats to snack on throughout your trip. They’re even open on Thanksgiving, so you can pick up a pie or try their cupcake of the month, Harvest Apple. It’s a taste of fall with apples, cranberries, pecans, and caramel meringue buttercream frosting.

Plan Your Holiday Visit to Walt Disney World | Orlando, Florida


November and early December is a great time to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando. Holiday decorations are up and celebrations are underway, but the parks are usually less crowded during these weeks than right before Christmas. Here’s your guide to the seasonal events at Walt Disney World and some other great Orlando attractions you won’t want to miss.


Villas of Grand Cypress

The Villas of Grand Cypress is close to all of Orlando’s exciting theme parks, yet secluded in natural beauty. You’ll love returning to the serene 1,500-acre resort after a full day of fun at Walt Disney World. The resort features bikes and bike trails, catch-and-release fishing, a fitness center, driving ranges and putting greens, and daily rides to theme parks. It’s also home to the Grand Cypress Golf Club, which has impressively landscaped 27-hole and 18-hole golf courses. Book the Fall Family Fun Package and your family will be welcomed with a fun amenity, receive a $25 credit in the pro shop for souvenirs, and be transported to and from the theme park of your choice in a town car.


Magic Kingdom

Visit Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, which transforms into a winter wonderland for the holiday season starting in early November. Throughout the park, you’ll see rides decorated for the holidays, characters wearing seasonal costumes, and the Cinderella Castle glowing with lights. Purchase a separate ticket to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a huge celebration on select days between November 7th and December 22nd. The event includes fireworks, a holiday parade, and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration, a show featuring multiple Disney characters dancing and singing carols.



Epcot also has a number of exciting holiday events, which run from November 25th to December 30th. In Holidays Around the World, countries of the World Showcase share their holiday customs as well as seasonal foods and music. Hear the story of Christmas as told by celebrity narrators accompanied by an orchestra and choir in The Candlelight Processional. IllumiNations, a year-round show that tells the story of Earth, has a special holiday finale with seasonal greetings in the native languages of the World Showcase countries and an inspiring theme of peace on Earth.


Hot Krust

It can be hard to find fresh and affordable food on vacation, especially inside amusement parks. Visit Hot Krust, a panini kitchen with reasonable prices that uses only fresh, gourmet ingredients to create delicious sandwiches. Our favorite is the Florentine Chicken, made with roasted chicken, sundried tomatoes, Muenster cheese, spinach, mayo, and pesto. Be sure to grab a homemade cookie or brownie for dessert.


Morse Museum

Orlando’s Morse Museum has an extensive collection of American art, including pottery, paintings, graphics, and décor. Its claim to fame, however, is a collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The son of Tiffany & Co.’s founder, Louis Comfort Tiffany was a glassmaker and designer in the late 1800s with clients like Mark Twain and President Chester Arthur. His works include stained glass windows, lamps, vases, and jewelry, all inspired by nature and crafted in a timeless style. The Louis Comfort Tiffany collection at the Morse Museum has been called the most comprehensive in the world.

Halloween in LA | Los Angeles, California


There’s no better place to experience Halloween than Los Angeles. See your favorite horror films and television shows come to life at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, then take a ride on the terrifying Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Here’s your guide to the city’s scariest Halloween events and attractions.


The Garland

Located in North Hollywood, The Garland is only a short distance from Universal Studios, the Hollywood sign, and Griffith Park. Built in 1970, the hotel reflects an old-school Hollywood style with retro-modern rooms. The Garland offers unique activities for guests, like Dive-In Movies shown poolside every Friday and Saturday. Book their Universal Studios Package, which includes a deluxe room, tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, free transportation to the park, and Early Park Admission.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Visit Universal Studios after dark for Halloween Horror Nights, a terrifying celebration of Halloween featuring attractions from famous horror films and TV shows. This year’s highlights include seven new mazes based on The Exorcist, Halloween, Freddy vs. Jason, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and American Horror Story. You can also step into landscapes from The Walking Dead, where you’ll fight your way through zombies in an immersive experience. Horror Nights also includes rides, shows, and Scare Zones. It requires separate admission, but you can purchase a Day/Night Combo ticket that will allow you to experience Horror Nights and the park’s regular attractions.


800 Degrees

Taste LA’s best pizza at 800 Degrees, a restaurant that masterfully combines authentic Italian and contemporary Californian flavors. Their pizzas are Neapolitan and wood-fired, made with flour imported from Naples, Italian tomatoes, and local mozzarella and vegetables. The crust is chewy and flavorful, thick on the sides and paper-thin in the middle. Create your own pizza by choosing one of their bases and adding gourmet toppings. We like the Verde base, which comes with pesto, mozzarella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, topped with caramelized onions and chicken.

blog5 Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is another classic Halloween attraction. It’s held every year in Griffith Park, a historic wooded park in North Hollywood that has served as a filming location for countless movies, including Halloween. Climb aboard the Haunted Hayride and experience scary scenes with live actors and frightening effects. The theme of this year’s hayride is “Secret Society,” exploring darkness, power, and evil. Guests will journey through one of two different paths and then face an initiation section on foot. You can buy tickets for just the hayride, or purchase a general admission ticket that will give you access to different attractions like the suburb of Hell, a Scary-Go-Round, Theatre Macabre, murder scenes at Death Row, pumpkin carving, and psychic readings.



Stop by MILK for a late-night snack after the Haunted Hayride. A favorite with locals, the dessert shop offers a medley of treats such as cookies, brownies, pastries, ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes. They’re famous for their macaron ice cream sandwiches, which have generous portions of gourmet ice cream between two large macarons. Try flavors like green tea, strawberry, and fruity pebbles.

Off to the Races in Del Mar | San Diego, California


Enjoy a seaside escape in San Diego’s North County. From July to September, racing season is on at the famous Del Mar Racetrack. Spend a day at the track cheering on your favorite horses and placing wagers. You’ll also want to explore the coastal towns of Del Mar, Solana Beach, and Encinitas. From boutique shops to mouth-watering restaurants to serene beaches, you’ll experience just the right mix of adventure and relaxation.


Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Inspired by the palaces and resorts in Spain, France, and Italy, the luxurious Fairmont Grand Del Mar combines European and Southern Californian style. It features an 18-hole championship golf course, tennis courts, a spa, and over 37 miles of trails in the surrounding Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Fairmont Grand Del Mar is the ideal place to stay for a relaxing vacation. They provide free transportation to the nearby towns of Del Mar, La Jolla, and Solana Beach, and host fun summer events such as outdoor movie nights and beach escapes. With their A Day at the Races package, enjoy two nights in a guestroom or suite, breakfast for two each morning, reserved seats at the Del Mar Racetrack, and transportation to and from the track.


Off to the Races

The Del Mar Racetrack was built by a partnership of actors that included Bing Crosby, who was there to welcome fans when the track first opened in 1937. In its early years the racetrack was a popular spot for Hollywood stars, and going to the races remains a fashionable summer activity today. During racing season, which runs from July to September, spectators can spend the day making wagers, watching the races, and socializing at the track. Racing season incorporates other events such as a summer concert series, a Pizza & Beer Festival, and a Spirits & Sliders event.


Tony’s Jacal

After a day at the racetrack, head to Tony’s Jacal for dinner. Tony’s serves some of San Diego’s most authentic Mexican food. It opened in 1946, and many locals have been loyal customers for over 50 years. They’re known for their extensive menu that offers endless combinations of traditional Mexican dishes. Order a pitcher of margaritas and the Tostada Suprema, a mountain of beans, meat, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and guacamole atop a crisp flour tortilla.


Solana Beach

Explore Solana Beach, a seaside community just north of Del Mar. Stroll down Cedros Avenue, a two and a half block stretch with over 85 independent shops that reflect the area’s cool and contemporary vibe. You can browse antiques, furniture, jewelry, clothing, and more. Spend the afternoon window-shopping and be sure to stop at Lockwood Table Café for an organic tea or fresh juice. If you’re in town for the weekend, visit Cedros Avenue on Sunday afternoon for the Solana Beach Farmers Market.


Moonlight Beach, Encinitas

Drive a little further up the coast to Encinitas, another lovely coastal town in North County. Head to Moonlight Beach, a beach named for the midnight picnics locals had there in the early 1900’s. Whether your ideal beach day includes relaxing on the sand, swimming in the ocean, or playing sports on the shore, Moonlight Beach has something for everyone. You’ll find picnic tables, volleyball courts, a snack bar, and fire pits. Plan to get there in the afternoon and stay for a bonfire when the sun goes down.

The Vibe is Alive in Balboa Park | San Diego, California


Local San Diego resident Shannon Hogan Cohen has shared the news about a wonderful event happening in Balboa Park throughout the summer. As the nation’s largest urban cultural park, Balboa Park is home to 15 art, photography, and history museums as well as a unique array of lush gardens. But this summer, the local buzz is all about Food Truck Friday. From 4:30-8:30 pm every Friday through Labor Day, you can sample gastronomic choices from a caravan of food trucks in the Plaza de Panama. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy this lively event.


If you’re visiting from out of town and want to be close to the park, stay at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar. It’s located just minutes away from Balboa Park in the exciting Gaslamp Quarter, where you’ll find the city’s best restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife. Sip cocktails and take in the cityscape at the hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge, and relax after a day of sightseeing at their evening wine hour. No visit to San Diego is complete without a trip to the beach. The Everyday California package gives you the chance to get out on the water with a 90-minute guided kayak tour for two at La Jolla Shores.

This week’s guest blog comes from Shannon Hogan Cohen. She recently visited Balboa Park’s Food Truck Friday event with her two sons. Here, she talks about their experience at the event.

get_balboaAll ages were having fun at Food Truck Friday, a program put on by the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation. The variety of food trucks is aimed to please and tease, offering an assortment of sweet and savory snacks. The event has live entertainment and fun activities including Fringe Festival performers, the Fern Street Circus, a vintage photo booth trailer, stilt walkers, juggling, dance lessons, and even beanbag chairs and a giant chess set. Balboa Park Conservancy’s director of marketing Sue Varga and her team orchestrated this concept to promote the Park after Dark. As part of the event, ten museums extend their hours until 8pm.

When my boys were young, we visited Balboa Park together. I thought inviting my teenagers, now ages 16 and 17, to join me at Food Truck Friday would be a good way to spend time together and reminisce.

As we made our way toward the crowded scene, we noted the enthusiasm in the air. Lively music floated through the park. People indulged in their food finds as they strolled in and out of gardens and museums in the glow of a beautiful summer evening.


The boys and I treated the art and food around us as serious subjects. We enjoyed a sense of togetherness as we debated which museums to visit and which food trucks to try. A few of our family favorites were the signature bento box with a well-seasoned meatball from YoYo Bento and the BBQ brisket wedge fries from Super Q. These were devoured before I had a chance to sample them. We also loved the milk mustache cupcake, a moist milk-chocolate cake filled with Oreo frosting and topped off with a chocolate stache from Lil’ Miss Short Cakes. Other featured food trucks were Two for the Road, Currywurst Frankfurt, That’s What Cheese Said, Caribbean Escape, Caliano by Spinelli, American Flavors, Haad Sai Thai, Pomrosso Truck, and Beachin’ Boba. These food trucks carve out a niche with their unique, hybrid cuisines. Each is brightly decorated with graphics that mimic personal stories and culinary options.


As the sun set, we sat on the grass and admired the California Tower atop the Museum of Man and watched the crowd in this prominent San Diego cultural hub. Balboa Park’s Food Truck Friday delivers family fun and a new way to learn, laugh, and eat together. Sue and her team knew what they were doing when they decided to integrate a culinary experience with the arts. The evening was a nourishment of mind, body, and soul. Food and art – what a brilliant way to celebrate diversity and create a bond across generational gaps.

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Blue Wave Bar and Grill at Island Palms | San Diego, California


The Blue Wave Bar & Grill at the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina offers handcrafted food and drinks, friendly service, and picturesque views. The on-site bar and restaurant features a marina view dining room and an outdoor deck overlooking the pool. The restaurant hosts a unique mix of hotel guests, locals, and crew members that have come to San Diego from all over the world. Executive Chef Christopher Spayde has created a contemporary California menu for all hours of the day.

Island Palms’ Shelter Island Escape Package offers guests the perfect way to experience the restaurant. In addition to complimentary parking at the hotel, you’ll be greeted with welcome beverages, receive a breakfast credit for two, and enjoy a 20% discount off of lunch or dinner at the Blue Wave throughout your stay.


Lunch With a View

The outdoor deck makes the Blue Wave a perfect place for lunch. Take a seat overlooking the marina and enjoy one of their handcrafted cocktails with your meal. Our server Theresa was friendly and attentive, answering all of our questions about the menu and recommending some wonderful food and drink pairings for us. Blue Wave offers a variety of classic and California-inspired dishes, all freshly made with house sauces and condiments.

Try the Grilled Fish Tacos for a truly Southern California meal. Fresh Mahi Mahi is wrapped in corn tortillas and topped with homemade salsa and Jalapeno crème. The tacos are served with a side of house-made potato chips. Pair your fish tacos with a Firestone Walker Brewing Co. 805 Blonde Ale, a refreshing and light California-style beer.

The Kobe Beef Burger is another one of Blue Wave’s most popular lunch options. The burger is cooked to your liking and piled high with cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, tomato, lettuce, and red onion. A delicious house-made garlic aioli is the perfect finishing touch. Be sure to ask for some crisp and flavorful French fries on the side.

If you have room, the lunch menu also includes tempting dessert choices including a Flourless Chocolate Torte and Carrot Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. They’re fun to share and it’s a great way to end your meal on a sweet note.


Happy Hour

Happy hour at the Blue Wave is the perfect way to cap off a day of sightseeing around the city. From 4-7pm daily, enjoy $3 domestic bottled beer and Bud Light Draft, $4 house wines, and $3.50 wells. You can also get select craft beers for $4. Blue Wave has beer on tap from many of San Diego’s best breweries like Stone Brewing Co. and Ballast Point Brewery. The happy hour menu includes mini tacos, sliders, and wings. We recommend sharing the Half Flatbread with chicken, caramelized onion, goat cheese, tomato, mushroom, basil, and balsamic reduction. Enjoy happy hour outside in the refreshing ocean breeze on the Blue Wave’s deck. Check into the Blue Wave Bar & Grill on Facebook to receive a special $5 drink of the day.


Fresh Cocktails

The Blue Wave specializes in classic cocktails with modern twists. They craft their drinks with freshly squeezed juices and house-made simple syrups. We love the Blood Orange Screwdriver, made with Tito’s Vodka, fresh blood orange juice, sparkling water, and house-made rosemary simple syrup. Another good choice is the Dirty Bird, a blend of Grey Goose vodka, olive juice, and blue cheese stuffed olives.

You don’t even have to wait until 5 o’clock. The Blue Wave has a full menu of breakfast cocktails that include traditional favorites like mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Irish coffee. For something a little more adventurous, try the Peaches n’ Cream. It’s made with Absolut Apeach, peach liquor, orange juice, simple syrup, and half & half. If tequila is more your style, go with the Paloma, a refreshing mix of El Agave Silver Tequila, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water with a lime garnish.

America’s Top Free Attractions | Independence National Historical Park | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Philadelphia is a sprawling city known for its cheesesteaks, sports teams, and American history. Explore the city and brush up on your history by visiting Independence National Historical Park, where you can see all of Philly’s American Revolution sites in one place!

2013blogs_jan72013blogs_jan8Spanning 55 acres and encompassing all of Philadelphia’s historical attractions, Independence National Historical Park is free to the public. Make sure to see the city’s most famous attractions, the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. Stop by the Declaration House, where Thomas Jefferson stayed while he wrote the Declaration, and see Franklin Court, a collection of sites dedicated to one of our most influential founding fathers. Take time to stroll through Washington Square, a beautiful park setting that is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution.


America’s Top Free Attractions | The Smithsonian | Washington, D.C.


Washington, D.C. isn’t all politics! Among the monuments and government buildings you’ll find the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex, which is free to the public year-round. Next time you’re in D.C., make sure to explore this remarkable educational and cultural site.

2013blogs_jan2The Smithsonian Museums

Comprised of 18 museums in the D.C. Metro Area, ten of which are within a mile of each other, the Smithsonian has something to interest everyone. Visit the American Art Museum for an impressive collection of art since colonial times, or check out the National Air and Space Museum, where you’ll find the famous Spirit of St. Louis. For lunch, have a picnic on the grassy areas outside or eat in of the many cafes and restaurants inside the museums.

2013blogs_janzooThe National Zoo

Located on 163 acres right in the middle of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals and many beautiful gardens. Check the program schedule and fill up your day with fun activities – the zoo offers animal meet and greets, feeding and training demonstrations, and zookeeper presentations!