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Adventures in Eating: Washington, D.C. star
Washington, D.C., serves up some great restaurants. For adventures in eating, book a table at Bourbon Steak, Black Salt, Rasika and The Source.

Albuquerque’s Museums and Adventures star
Along with its lively mix of cultures, Albuquerque, New Mexico, has some great museums. Dinosaurs rule at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. For the ultimate Albuquerque adventure: floa over the desert in a hot air balloon.

Boston in Winter star
Visit Boston in winter? Certainly. Weekend hotel rates drop from spring and summer highs, museums showcase new exhibits and theaters host new entertainment. You can also tack on a ski or tubing outing to a snowy hill within 60-minutes of the city.

Boston's Fresh Face star
Over the years, I thought I’d discovered just about everything to see and do in Boston. But recently, I encountered a new Boston – one that triumphantly emerged after a dilapidated elevated highway has been razed and a new roadway positioned underground. Boston has new parks and attractions.

D.C. Surprise: Mansion on O Street star
What do a log cabin, 20,000 books and a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen have in common? They’re all part of the Mansion on O Street’s surprises. The Mansion not only offers hotel rooms and event space, but hosts teas, brunches, treasure hunts, blue grass jams and drag shows.

D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms and Gardens star
Washington, D.C., is a city of flowers. The most famous blooms, the cherry blossoms, are expected to peak at the end of March, lacing the Tidal Basin surrounding the Jefferson Memorial with a ribbon of pink. Enjoy the sight; but as locals know, take advantage of the city’s less crowded gardens.

DC Museums: Wax Figures and Crime Fighters star
In Washington, D.C., when your kids tire of monuments, memorials and first-rate museums, add some low-brow learning and laughter by touring Madame Tussauds DC and the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.

Discover the New Roanoke, VA. star
A former railroad headquarters, Roanoke, the largest city in Virginia’s southwest, moves with a new energy. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke offers a weekend getaway that combines interesting shopping and good food.

Exploring Istanbul, Turkey star
It was the Turquoise Coast that drew us to Turkey, but we also became enamored of Istanbul, a city of imposing mosques and graceful minarets that’s home to the sprawling Grand Bazaar and the impressive Topkapi Palace.

Historic Homes & Art in Winston-Salem, NC star
The Winston-Salem, North Carolina, art trail weaves together a tale of tobacco, textiles and three historic houses: Reynolda, R.J. Reynolds' home; the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), textile industrialist James Hanes' home, and Graylyn, home of tobacco executive Bowman Gray.

Hotels, Santa Fe, New Mexico star
Two very different hotels are among our favorite places to stay in Santa Fe. The Inn on the Alameda creates a friendly, home-away-from-home feel and the larger Hotel Santa Fe adds the option of luxury with its Hacienda rooms.

Ice Hotel Quebec City star[offsite link]
Have a drink at the ice bar and stay in a frozen room at the Ice Hotel, Quebec City.

Lancaster, PA, Surprises star
In Lancaster, PA, we enjoyed a mix of urban sophistication plus comforting rural landscapes. We expected—and looked forward to-- the farmlands since Lancaster County beats as the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. What surprised us: the galleries, vintage shops, boutiques and good restaurants.

Lancaster, PA, Traditional Getaway star
Farms, food and fine crafts are part of any Lancaster, Pennsylvania, getaway. Along with the city’s art galleries, vintage shops and theaters, Lancaster city as well as the county offer all the treats of a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch Country getaway. And that’s part of the fun.

New York City Weekend star
Discovering lesser-known New York City gems and also revisiting favorite treasures describe our best New York City weekends. On a recent Manhattan adventure, we explored Carl Schurz Park, dined at Toloache, stayed at Affinia 50 and returned to the amazing Museum of Modern Art.

Phoenix & Scottsdale summer adventures star
Take advantage of summer’s low rates to enjoy adventures in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Plan carefully and you can stay out of the mid-day heat and still explore the attractions.

Richmond, VA, and the Civil War star
We came to Richmond, VA, to learn more about the Civil War. In addition to battle strategies, we wanted details about the lives of those engulfed by the conflict. Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865, didn’t disappoint us.

Richmond, VA, Art Lovers' Getaway star
Richmond’s Virginia Museum of Fine Arts surprised us. After a $150 million expansion, the facility blooms with new galleries, a sculpture garden and two eateries. With more than 545,000 square feet on 13.5 acres, the revitalized museum makes Richmond an art lovers’ getaway.

Theater Adventures, Washington, D.C. star
Few people think of Washington, D.C. as a theater town even though the nation’s capital nurtures a vibrant theater community. Along with Broadway musicals, the curtain goes up on Shakespearean productions, innovative adaptations of classics, cutting edge shows and world-class children’s theater.

Tucson, AZ, Adventures star
In Tucson experience the desert, learn about Native American culture and enjoy special museums that are gifts to the eye.

Tucson, AZ, Highlights star
Tucson gives you mountain views, desert landscapes, sunny skies and upscale resorts. An extra bonus: you can learn about Cold War secrets. Don’t miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Titan Missile Museum, or a stay at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

Unexpected Toronto With Children star
When touring Toronto with kids, especially if you have already “done” the typical attractions, think outside the city. Visit a farm in the York Municipal Region north of downtown and take in the thundering power of Niagara Falls two-hours away.

Virginia’s Inns and Country Hotels star
A weekend at a charming inn or country hotel can be as welcome and rejuvenating as the harder to plan seven day plus vacation. These six Virginia properties each offer something special. Choose a retreat with noted cuisine, or expansive grounds, friendly hosts or an historic hotel.

Washington, D.C, Cool Fun in Summer star
There are many ways to have summer fun in Washington, D.C. Paddle the Potomac River, run through a spray fountain in Georgetown, soak in a splash pool and then cheer the Nationals during a baseball game. Then head for an air-conditioned, indoor “beach” of balls at the National Building Museum.

Washington, D.C., Summer Fun star
If visiting Washington, D.C.,this summer with children, take advantage of the DC Cool Kids Contest to win a free return trip next year. Also, bicycle past the monuments at night, watch the new baby panda cub at the zoo, tour the National Archives, take in a baseball game and splash in a new park.

Washington, D.C., Winter Fun star
Washington, D.C., is in the spotlight as the city readies for President Obama’s second inauguration, January 21, 2013. Whether you plan be in the District for the festivities or visit the city later this winter, there’s much that’s new and interesting.

Washington, D.C., With Young Kids star
Although the nation’s capital as the seat of political power won’t interest your young children, Washington, D.C., has much that will excite them. D.C. is a vibrant city with tot-friendly attractions, engaging exhibits and lively children’s theater.

Washington, D.C.’s Hidden Gems star
There’s still plenty to enjoy in Washington, D.C., even after you and your family tour the U.S. Capitol, visit the White House, see the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, take in the monuments and memorials and peruse the exhibits at Natural History, Air & Space, American History

Washington, D.C.’s Summer Oases star
Summer is a great time to visit any city, especially Washington, D.C., a place that offers plenty of opportunity to play outdoors in between exploring the capital’s top spots. To prevent your trip from feeling like a forced march through museums, take time to enjoy some of the District’s oases.

Washington, D.C.’s, Other Air and Space Museum star
If your visit to the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in downtown Washington, D.C., got you excited about airplanes, then visit its companion facility, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, VA.

Washington, DC’s, New Experiences star
Washington, D.C. intrigues visitors with several new experiences. Foil an espionage plot at the International Spy Museum, figure out our Neanderthal connections at the National Museum of Natural History and find out what ordinary foot soldiers felt while fighting the Civil War. Come visit again.

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