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Friday, Jan 4, 2019 at 3:12 PM
By Chris Cioffi, Sophia Barnes

16 Museums You Can Visit During the Government Shutdown

Smithsonian museums shut their doors on Jan. 2 due to the government shutdown, but there's plenty of museums to enjoy until the classics open again. Consider a railroad museum where you can actually...View gallery »

  • The Phillips Collection
  • National Capital Trolley Museum
  • Anderson House
Friday, Nov 2, 2018 at 2:36 PM
By Cordilia James

Free and Cheap Things to Do in Northern Virginia

Food halls, farmers' markets and fairs, oh my! Check out all sorts of fun, free and cheap things to do in Northern Virginia. If you're looking for other inexpensive activities around the DMV, check out our...View gallery »

  • Catch Live Music at Westover Beer Garden
  • Explore Old Treasures at the Old Lucketts Store
  • Watch a Movie Under the Stars
Friday, Sep 6, 2019 at 10:13 AM
By Chris Cioffi

15 Unsung Museums of the DC Area

If you've been to the Air & Space Museum just one too many times... this list is for you.View gallery »

  • National Capital Trolley Museum
  • National Museum of Health and Medicine
  • Freer|Sackler
Monday, Jan 2, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Aquarium in NJ Welcomes Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling

As hospitals welcomed the first babies of 2017, the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, greeted its own new arrival: a baby loggerhead sea turtle.

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 at 9:46 AM
By Lexie Schapitl

You Can Now Visit Baby Orangutan at National Zoo

For the first time in 25 years, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo welcomed a newborn Bornean orangutan earlier this month -- a baby keepers have named Redd. The zoo's Great Ape House reopened Tuesday...View gallery »

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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2018 at 10:24 AM
By Brooke Evans, NBC Washington

Top 10 Maryland Day Trips for Spring

Winter's finally releasing its grip on us! Celebrate springtime at one of these Maryland spots for a perfect day trip.View gallery »

  • National Harbor
  • Deep Creek Lake
  • Annapolis
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 6:57 PM
By Sarah Pixley

PHOTOS: WWII Planes Soar Above National Mall

The planes flew at a low 1,000-foot altitude over the National Mall to mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day. Hundreds of veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial to watch the historic...View gallery »

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Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4:01 PM
By Sarah Pixley

PHOTOS: Running of the Chihuahuas at the D.C. Wharf

The 4th annual Running of the Chihuahuas (AKA #Chirace2015) took place this Sunday at the Wharf in D.C. It was a day to show the world just how fast your chihuahua could run. The winner this year:...View gallery »

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Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM
By Sarah Pixley

Look Back at Local History: Fairfax Train Museum

Fairfax Station wasn't just a train station in the late 19th century; it was a thriving village.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM
By Maggie Voelzke, Margaret Voelzke

Where to Eat, Shop and Sun at Va.'s Northern Neck

Where to Eat, Shop and Sun at Va.'s Northern Neck

This little-known gem is about three hours away from the District (with only about an hour spent on 95!), and is a great place to sail, fish, kayak or spend the day on the beach. Read »

Worth the Trip dishes up details on travel deals, far-out events (literally), getaway ideas and more. Whether you're hitting the road for a long weekend or barely crossing the Beltway, Worth the Trip finds the best reasons to stay close to home... just not TOO close. (Sign up for the e-letter here.)

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Sarah Pixley Sarah is a freelance photographer and the founder of True Icon Media. When she's not snapping photos of a ridiculous amount of objects, she spends her time enjoying the splendor of D.C. life. Send her tips and ideas: info (at) trueiconmedia (dot) com.
Carissa DiMargo Carissa DiMargo is an editor and writer for NBC Washington. Follow her on Twitter @dcscene.