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Our daily look at deals and getaways
Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM
By Julie Gallagher

15 NJ Towns Perfect for a Summery Getaway

Looking for something in driving distance but still want to get out of the DMV area?View gallery »

  • Cape May
  • Wildwood
  • Hammonton
Thursday, Jul 20, 2017 at 3:57 PM

MAP: Cool Off at DC-Area Swimming Pools

Cannonball! Pools across the D.C. area are now open to swimmers. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:39 AM
By Chelsea Cirruzzo, Lexie Schapitl

Top 12 Holiday Lighting Displays in the DC Area

Looking for a little sparkle this holiday season? Check out these D.C.-area winter lights displays, parades and more.View gallery »

  • ZooLights
  • Baltimore's Miracle on 34th Street
  •  Festival of Lights at the Mormon Temple
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 at 10:25 AM

31 Halloween Events: Bar Crawls, Ghost Tours, Haunted House

31 Halloween Events: Bar Crawls, Ghost Tours, Haunted House

Whether you prefer horrifying haunts or a boo-zy bar crawl, the D.C. area has something for you. Check out these events in and around the District. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 at 7:21 AM

Va. Home Puts on Another Elaborate Halloween Light Show

Va. Home Puts on Another Elaborate Halloween Light Show

He's at it again! A Leesburg, Virginia, man is putting on a spectacular Halloween light show, but this year, the home's lip-syncing monsters are jamming to "Feel It Still" by Portugal The Man. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 at 6:04 PM
By Abigail Vesoulis

Do's and Don'ts for Hiking Old Rag Trail in Shenandoah

Nestled near Madison County, Virginia, is Shenandoah's most popular -- and most difficult -- destination for hiking: Old Rag Mountain.View gallery »

  • Bring two liters of water
  • Bring healthy snacks
  • Wear the right clothes
Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 at 10:07 AM
By Jenna Milliner-Waddell, Chelsea Cirruzzo, Lexie Schapitl

14 Fall Getaways in Driving Distance of DC

We love everything about fall getaways: the stunning foliage, the apple treats, the steaming hot drinks... the fact that it's no longer 90 million degrees out. Yep, all of it! If you're ready to enjoy...View gallery »

  • Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
  • Skyline Drive & Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  • Williamsburg, Virginia
Monday, Oct 9, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Your Fall 2017 DMV Festival Round Up

Your Fall 2017 DMV Festival Round Up

Experience the richness of the DMV’s culture through fall festivals. Whether you’re a book, food, or music junkie, you're sure to find something that captures your attention. Read »

Monday, Sep 4, 2017 at 1:34 PM

Longtime Fans Buy Boyhood Home of 'Waltons' Creator in Va.

Longtime Fans Buy Boyhood Home of 'Waltons' Creator in Va.

Ray Castro, one of the buyers, told The News & Advance he was worried someone would buy the Schuyler home of Earl Hamner Jr. and use it as a private residence. Read »

Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:15 AM
By Julie Gallagher, Courtney Rozen, Carissa DiMargo

10 Places to Swim If You Want to Avoid Bay Bridge Traffic

Rivers, lakes and bays: Here's where to go when you want to swim in a natural body of water... but you can't bear to brave the Chesapeake Bay Bridge traffic.View gallery »

  • Beaver Dam Swim Club, Maryland
  • Lake Anna, Virginia
  • North Beach, Maryland
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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.