Tag archives for Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C.’s famous cherry trees are in full bloom, and Nat Geo Travel took you there in real time with Dan Westergren, the head of photography for Traveler magazine, leading the way. During the Google Hangout On Air, Dan went down to one of the District’s most photogenic spots–the Tidal Basin–to capture this world-class capital city in…

The first official day of summer is on Friday (for the northern half of the world, at least), so we thought we’d kick it off right: with a special edition of I Heart My City.

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March…

The Radar: The top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back on the blog for our roundups. Photograph by Travel Aficionado, Flickr.

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The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the Web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the Web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

Free to See: 20 U.S. Museums

These 20 top-notch museums—of art, fashion, dinosaurs, and more—are free to the public some or all of the time. What are you waiting for? Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 20 online.

1. The Old Bay steam that drifts up from a cup of Maryland crab soup when you eat it outside under red and orange sugar maple trees in Easton’s colonial downtown square in mid-November. 2. The hot crabcakes and warm mulled cider that complement the Old Bay steam rising off of your cup of Maryland…

Should Tour Guides Be Licensed?

The owners of a Segway tour operator in Washington D.C. sued the city last week in federal court to protest a requirement that their tours guides be licensed, arguing that the city’s new regulations infringe upon their right to free speech. The company claims that the District shouldn’t designate who can and can’t talk about…

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National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott recently visited the Washington area with his family. His three-part series, Inside-Out With Kids, explores the D.C. region from different perspectives. Today, on their final stop, they return to the nation’s capital. Read the first and second blog posts in the series. What does it mean to be an “insider” in…

National Geographic Traveler columnist Christopher Elliott recently visited the Washington area with his family. His three-part series, Inside-Out With Kids, explores the D.C. region from different perspectives. Today, the outsider’s point of view. You don’t know Washington until you’ve shared it with your family and a hundred thousand tourists all trying to squeeze into the monuments, the…

Kids Love D.C.

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Last year, Rainer Jenss traveled around the world with his wife and two sons, and blogged about his experience here on Intelligent Travel. Now he’s writing a column that focuses on traveling with kids. Last week, I found myself in the familiar situation of being invited down to National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., only…

A pal and I ventured to Colombia, Singapore, Haiti, Croatia, Korea, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic in less than five hours this past Saturday without ever leaving D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. How’d we do it? We attended Cultural Tourism D.C.‘s Passport D.C. Around the World Embassy Tour event. Over 30 embassies and ambassadorial residences representing…

Who’s ready for summer travel? We are! And fortunately, our May/June issue is headed to a mailbox or newsstand near you, full of great ideas to make the most of your vacation days. Here’s a preview of what’s inside: Tours of a Lifetime Our fifth annual roundup of guided expeditions focuses on innovative and cross-cultural…

Bus2Antarctica: Andrew Returns!

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We had a visitor drop by the office today whom we haven’t seen in a while… Glad to have you back Andrew. We’ve missed you! There’s still plenty of stories, photos, and videos from Andrew’s adventure, not to mention the article that he’ll be working on for an upcoming issue out later this year. So…

Bus2Antarctica: Checking in with Fox

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Our oh-so-telegenic contributing editor Andrew Evans checked in with the news crew at Fox 5 in D.C. again this morning, and recapped some of his most recent exploits from his trip over Skype. You can find his prior interviews with Fox online at their website.

Traveler contributing editor Jim Conaway reviews two new exhibits that just recently opened in Washington, D.C. Thank God for the women, I’m thinking, standing in the bright, airy space of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. I don’t necessarily mean the model for Modigliani’s Nude on a Blue Cushion, with her gorgeous, rosy…

Happy Birthday National Geographic!

In early January, 1888, a small invitation was received by a number of gentlemen prominent in Washington, D.C.’s scientific and intellectual circles. It read: DEAR SIR: You are invited to be present at a meeting to be held in the Assembly Hall of the Cosmos Club, Friday evening, January 13, at 8 o’clock, for the…

Three Terrific D.C. Taco Joints

This much I know: I love Mexican food. When I’ve traveled there, I’ve ignored warnings about stomach bugs and snagged tacos from street vendors. I’ve driven to the edges of town to find the most authentic burritos around. I still pine for the caramel-filled churro I stumbled across in Cabo San Lucas, and dodged the…

As part of our obsession with all things Warrior here at NG, we snagged a quick Q&A with Stanford Professor Emeritus Dr. Albert Dien, guest curator of the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit on now at the National Geographic Museum. As guest curator of the exhibit, what do you hope people will take away from it?…

Be a Weekend Warrior

In anticipation of the arrival of the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at National Geographic headquarters, Destination DC is offering a Weekend Warriors Package from mid-November to the end of March. The Terra Cotta Warriors, the guardians of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, will be on display at the National Geographic Museum in D.C. from…

Ditch Your Car Tomorrow

Watch out Washington: Now that the weather’s beginning to cool down and we can once again spend time outside without succumbing to heat stroke, cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy the changing seasons. There is always the option of taking your bike down one of the many area trails, such as the…

Dan Brown’s Washington

Über-author Dan Brown is about to strike Washington, and everyone is getting ready. Brown, whose first two blockbuster novels, The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, have taken up permanent residence on the Times best-seller list and have been Hanksified for Hollywood, has written his next book, The Lost Symbol, about the hidden secrets…

Inside Obama’s White House

As an intern trying to make the most of her summer in the capital, I’m always on the lookout for cool things to see and do. The Smithsonians? Check. Free concerts at the Kennedy Center? I’m there. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when I was invited to tour the Holy Grail of D.C.…

Serve and Save at Hotels in DC

Grand Double Double with Sleep Sofa suite at Carlyle Suites Hotel Great hotels are all about service: Can we fluff your pillow? Turndown your bed? Book you some theater tickets? But a few hotels in DC are redefining service and asking guests to pitch in. The Serve America and Stay in DC Package, offered at…

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The Duke Ellington Jazz Festival is in full swing here in D.C. this week, with over 100 performances in 35 venues around the city. This year’s festival celebrates the music of New Orleans, and has a roster of artists — Harry Connick Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, Trombone Shorty — that would make any jazz-hound swoon. While…