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Our daily look at deals and getaways
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
Thursday, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:55 PM
By Carissa DiMargo, NBC Washington staff

12 Winter & Holiday Events You Won't Want to Miss

From a water-skiing Santa to a holiday pop-up bar (featuring pandas!) to interactive art exhibits, the D.C. area will have your calendar packed all season long.View gallery »

  • Miracle on Seventh Street (through Dec. 31)
  • Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Dec. 20-23)
  • Downtown Holiday Market (through Dec. 23)
Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM
By Brianna Crummy, Carissa DiMargo

DC Halloween Goals: Zombie Walk, Ghost Tours, Spooky Sites

From a zombie walk to an Edgar Allen Poe tour to ghost tours, here's what the D.C. area has to offer this Halloween... if you dare.View gallery »

  • Dia de los Muertos in Petworth, Nov. 2
  • High Heel Race, Oct. 30
  • GWAR Pop-Up Bar, open through Halloween night
Thursday, Nov 15, 2018 at 11:25 AM
By Carissa Dimargo

Photos: 'Charlie Brown Christmas' Opening at Nat'l Harbor

Stunning ice sculptures in a winter wonderland will once again inhabit Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor, Maryland, this holiday season. This year's theme, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," will...View gallery »

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Friday, Oct 19, 2018 at 10:28 AM
By Erica Jones

Get Spooked at These DC-Area Haunted Houses & Trails

Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than scaring the pants off yourself? From haunted houses to creepy trails, these spooky attractions are sure to leave you trembling. View gallery »

  • Madhaunter's Madhouse
  • Field of Screams
  • Shocktober
Monday, Oct 8, 2018 at 7:25 AM
By Carissa DiMargo, Sophia Barnes, Brianna Crummy

2018 Fall Fests: H Street, Emporiyum, Music & More

Here's our guide to the best autumn festivals in the D.C. area.View gallery »

  • H Street Festival, Oct. 13
  • Taste of the Harvest, Oct. 13
  • OPUS Merriweather, Oct. 13
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
Sunday, Aug 11, 2019 at 2:46 PM
By Sophia Barnes

Free and Cheap Things to Do in DC

We've rounded up the best free and ultra-cheap things you can do in Washington, D.C.View gallery »

  • Stroll Around the Tidal Basin
  • Stroll Among the Lilies at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Watch a Movie Outside
Friday, Jan 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM
By Abigail Vesoulis

Get Active This Winter: Ski, Skate and Snowboard Near DC

Fight the urge to hibernate this winter by getting active at a nearby winter sports resort or ice skating rink.View gallery »

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  • Wharf Ice Skating
  • watergate ice skating
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
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.