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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
Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 4:14 PM

Your Guide to County Fairs in the DMV

Your Guide to County Fairs in the DMV

County fairs are a summertime essential pretty much everywhere, and the DMV is no exception. Celebrate with tons of food, unique contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long. Read »

Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 1:53 PM

Maryland Renaissance Festival Kicks Off

Maryland Renaissance Festival Kicks Off

The Maryland Renaissance Festival in Annapolis kicked off Saturday for nine weekends of medieval-style food, drinks and entertainment. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017 at 7:37 AM

Free Outdoor Movies in the DMV

Free Outdoor Movies in the DMV

Have you ever wanted to take in a movie while lying underneath the stars? Well, here's your chance. Read »

Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 5:48 AM

National Park Service Celebrates Birthday With Free Entry

National Park Service Celebrates Birthday With Free Entry

The National Park Service is celebrating its 101st birthday by waiving entrance fees Friday. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017 at 8:56 AM
By Arielle Hixson, Yvonne Ivey, Carissa DiMargo

10 Places to Cool Off Within 100 Miles of DC

Summer's swelter has arrived! Whether you're looking for the best local water parks or want to get out in nature, read on for our picks on the top 10 places to cool off within 100 miles of D.C.View gallery »

  • Six Flags America in Maryland
  • Rafting & Tubing in Virginia & West Virginia
  • SplashDown Waterpark in Virginia
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 11:18 AM
By Jocelyn Rubin, NBC Washington

Top 10 Virginia Getaways for Summer

Whether you're going for a last-minute day trip, a weekend escape or a lengthy vacation, Virginia can give you the wide open outdoors that your office plant just can’t match.View gallery »

  • Virginia Beach
  • The Historic Triangle
  • Virginia Wineries
Friday, Aug 4, 2017 at 4:59 PM

A Look Inside a Treehouse Airbnb in Virginia

At first glance, the White Lotus retreat looks a lot like your average hotel room. But if you step outside, you’ll find it’s anything but typical. Read »

Monday, Aug 21, 2017 at 9:24 AM

Eclipse Chasers: US in for 'Otherworldly' Experience

Millions of Americans from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will be able to see the total eclipse on Aug. 21, according to NASA. Eclipse chasers say they've been preparing for the moment for years. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Saving Fiona: Cincinnati Zoo Hippo to Star in Kids Book

A popular baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo will now be featured in a book about her life that will be targeted toward children. NBC affiliate WLWT reports zoo director Thane Maynard is writing about the... Read »

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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.