Washington Travel Guide
Vote yes on Dupont Circle.
Washington, DC crawls with politicos, of course. And for many, roads lead to Dupont Circle — the neighborhood, named for its eponymous traffic rotary, which is home to dozens of international embassies and consulates. But let’s say you’re in the area for business (or pleasure): Where should you stay? Eat? Play? Find an attractive intern?
We have your answers. (Except to the last one. That was a joke, creeper.) A recent visit to the Capital City helped us get our bearings on this ‘hood, so we’ve gathered a quickie guide to highlights in Dupont Circle — lest you wind up wandering in aimless circles.
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May 8, 1945: V-E Day. The Allies officially celebrate the end of World War 2 with the acceptance of the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. For the first time in years, airplanes flying overhead meant only celebration and the return of good times instead of loss and potential tragedy.
May 8, 2015: The 70th Anniversary of V-E Day. The airplanes flying overheard on this day will again celebrate the victory of the allies, and some of the aircraft will be the very same which flew those 70 years ago.
Washington D.C. will be the site of the United States' grand 70th anniversary celebration of V-E Day this Friday, and Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum reports that the highlight will be a flyover of one of the country's largest private collections of World War 2-era aircraft.
The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is the chief sponsor, and has a bunch of extras for those who both will and won't be there to watch the display. From the Smithsonian:
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There's no way to win when it comes to transferring between Washington DC's Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI). You either pay a ton for a taxi for the drive through Beltway traffic with a minimum drive time of one hour, submit to the stress of many public transportation connections for far cheaper and three hours' travel time, or see if any of the shared ride vans will take pity on you (and still have to pay a lot).
We found ourselves facing the conundrum of the IAD-to-BWI transfer this weekend, a situation brought about by the fact that domestic airfares from BWI were, like, six times cheaper than if we had left from IAD. We knew what we were getting ourselves into with an IAD-BWI switch, and we steeled our resolve for a rough journey after our call to a few shuttle services only returned with the news that they were already fully booked.
The internet isn't any help, either. Google "easy transfer between IAD and BWI" and you end up on inaccurate Tripadvisor threads from 2008, or help forums where the general advice is to try and change the flight to operate from DCA instead. Not helpful, internet!
What is helpful, is the good ol' Information Desk at Dulles Airport, which has actually printed little "8 Ways to BWI" slips of paper for similarly stressed travelers. Here, we share the valuable tips:
Fans of The Chew, Cleveland, or just celebrity chefs in general need to plan a little extra time in their travels, as there’s a new restaurant doing its thing at Washington-Dulles that might just be worthy of a layover.
Michael Symon and associates recently cut the ribbon on Bar Symon, and it is now open for business within Terminal D near Gate 16. We have not had a chance to enjoy a little airport dining as of yet, but it sounds like travelers can expect sandwiches, burgers, and other goodies—complete with both Greek and Italian influences.
If you’re still looking for plans to celebrate the New Year look no further than what the National Hockey League—NHL to their friends—has been doing for the last few years. The league takes ice hockey outdoors to its natural habitat, as they play a game on New Year’s Day—this year the fun takes place in Washington, DC.
They bring the rink, they bring the ice, and well they pretty much bring everything else needed to take the show on the road. The preparations are well underway, and they even have a time lapse camera set up so that you can check out the progress. This year hockey comes to another baseball stadium, as Nationals Park is where the Chicago Blackhawks will take on the Washington Capitals beginning at around 1pm, ET.
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So Prince William and Anderson Cooper walk onto a plane...
It sounds like the set-up for a lame joke, but instead it's what actually transpired today on a US Airways shuttle flight from Washington DC to New York-LGA.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge had traveled with Kate to New York City, but had an appointment in the am today with President Obama down in DC. There was no private jet on hold; while Kate stayed in NYC at The Carlyle Hotel, William boarded a scheduled US Airways flight around 8am, bound for Washington DC's Reagan National Airport (DCA) and convenient to his appointment at The White House.
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The news these last few days has featured much about the boundaries and challenges for the future of travel, and how space is not only important for transportation, but imagination. Altogether it has reminded us of a famous quote from Pan Am's Juan Trippe:
Mass travel by air - made possible in the jet age - may prove to be more significant to world destiny than the atom bomb. For there can be no atom bomb potentially more powerful than the air tourist, charged with curiosity, enthusiasm, and good will, who can roam the four corners of the world, meeting in friendship and understanding the people of other nations and races.
Trippe's office globe, on which he planned Pan Am's route expansion, has been preserved within the Smithsonian's archives. Visitors may see it, along with other Pan Am historical items, in the "America by Air" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.
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We’re sorry to do this to you, as we certainly recognize that it’s only the middle of October; however, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and all the associated holiday happenings. That’s especially the case if you’re looking to visit Washington, DC to take in the annual tree lighting—‘cause now’s the time to register for a chance to grab some tickets.
The folks over at the National Park Service are planning to fire up the lights for the first time during the 92nd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting over at President's Park. The seasonal shindig will take place this year on Thursday, December 4, beginning at 5pm.
There’s some new goodies and treasures on display over at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and it all has to do with air travel over to Hawaii.
The new exhibit is called Hawaii By Air, and it reveals the progress and changes in air travel between the mainland and one of the most remote spots on earth. Early flights are detailed and documented from the first flights that crossed the Pacific to the initial boom in island tourism. Learn how Inter-Island Airways made hopping between the islands a little bit easier and way more convenient than taking a boat between spots like Oahu and Maui.
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World Cup fever may have taken over sports bars around the US for the last few weeks, but with the recent loss of Team USA to Belgium, American pride is refocusing for the Fourth of July holiday.
In the heat of that deciding match, however, a tweeted suggestion from The Wall Street Journal's Jon Ostrower lit a fire that continues to burn. The suggestion? To rename Washington DC's Reagan National Airport to Tim Howard Washington National Airport, in honor of the US team's star goalkeeper and his incredible 16 saves against Belgium in Tuesday's game.
Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
If the tax refund gods were kind to you this year then you’re probably feeling friendly when it comes to the folks that do all of that paper pushing and spreadsheet filtering down in Washington, DC. That’s why we suggest making a visit to Uncle Sam’s backyard with all those refund dollars to pay back the government for all it does for us—haha—with a visit to the nation’s capital and the Capitol.
The cherry blossoms have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that taking in the views along the Potomac still isn’t worth your time. As far as getting to “the District,” it’s pretty darn easy thanks to Reagan National Airport and its proximity to all the city has to offer. Easy connections thanks to the area’s awesome Metro will have you downtown before you know it—no need for a taxi.
We checked out the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum when we were kids, and when we visited it recently—it looked exactly as we remembered it. Turns out that things haven’t really changed much since the place’s debut back in 1976, but thankfully that’s about to change as the place is undergoing a little bit of a 21st century facelift.
There will be some temporary closures of exhibits over the next two years, but it’s a small price to pay to get things looking shiny and new once again. Obviously history hasn’t really changed, but the curator folks are changing up what they’re showing off. Things from the Apollo moon landing will now be one of the main features that greet guests, while great goodies from the past like the Spirit of St. Louis, the Mercury capsule from the first Earth orbit, and an Apollo Lunar Module will all be some of the stuff on display.