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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
Thursday, Aug 23, 2018 at 11:53 AM
By Carissa DiMargo

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, unusual contests, live entertainment and carnival rides all summer long.View gallery »

  • Prince George's County Fair, Sept. 6-9
  • Anne Arundel County Fair, Sept. 12-16
  • Charles County Fair, Sept. 13-16
Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 at 12:10 PM
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
  • Busch Gardens
Wednesday, Jul 24, 2019 at 8:20 AM
By Arielle Hixson, Yvonne Ivey, Carissa DiMargo

10 Places to Cool Off Within 100 Miles of DC

Summer's swelter isn't letting up! 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
  • Stand-Up Paddleboarding in Virginia or DC
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 11:25 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
Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:49 AM
By Deanna Reid, Carissa DiMargo

Top 10 Beaches Near the DC Area

No, Waikiki isn't on the list -- we're looking at the best beaches within an easy drive of the DMV. Get ready to vacuum the sand out of your car.View gallery »

  • North Carolina's Outer Banks
  • Assateague and Chincoteague islands
  • Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:24 AM
By Julie Gallagher

Top 10 Places to Hike in the DMV

Time to step off of the treadmill and out of the gym! Summer's swelter has calmed down -- for now -- so you can get your daily workout done and enjoy all the beautiful nature the DMV area has to offer.View gallery »

  • Old Rag Mountain, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  • Great Falls Park, Virginia
  • C&O Canal National Historical Park, Maryland
Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 11:54 AM
By Arielle Hixson, NBC Washington

Top 10 Day Trips Less Than 100 Miles From DC

Where do you go when you want to get away... and also sleep in your own bed that night?View gallery »

  • Annapolis, Maryland
  • Havre de Grace, Maryland
Monday, Mar 26, 2018 at 2:10 PM
By Sophia Barnes, NBC Washington staff

Top 10 Virginia Day Trips for Spring

After hiding inside this winter, you're probably ready to enjoy warm weather. Whether you want a beautiful nature hike, fast-paced thrills or wildlife spotting, here are 10 awesome Virginia getaways.View gallery »

  • Mount Vernon Estate
  • George Washington and Jefferson National Forest
  • Skydive Orange
Thursday, Jul 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM
By Sarah Pixley

A Tour of James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland

Sure, you've been to Mount Vernon and maybe Monticello, but have you ever taken a tour of Ash Lawn-Highland? The Charlottesville estate was the official residence of fifth President James Monroe and his...View gallery »

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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.