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Top Things To Do On Holiday In The Nation’s Capital Washington DC

Washington DC is well known as the nation’s capital and home of the government but Washington Travel has many interesting attractions that should not be missed.

Washington is a relatively small city but Hotels in Washington can be expensive. It is less expensive to stay in the inner-city suburbs and take the metro into central Washington. Arlington, the city on the other side of the Potomac river from Washington, has a lot of accommodation establishments that are better value than staying in Washington itself. Arlington is linked to Washington DC via the Metro railway system making easy access to Washington’s attractions.

The National Mall is internationally recognizable and the focus of almost any visit to Washington, DC. It is featured with monuments, memorials, museums, and government buildings that are internationally recognizable. The White House, the US Capitol Building, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, the Air and Space Museum, the National Natural History Museum, the Holocaust Museum, the International Spy Museum and more. The mall is defined by the Capital Building on one end, and the Lincoln Memorial on the other, with the Smithsonian museums on both sides. Walking the mall is the best way to see the sights especially at night as it is cooler and all the monuments are flooded in lights. The Washington After Dark Tour is an excellent way to view the national monuments and federal buildings flooded in lights.
The Smithsonian Institution is a number of government supported museums and galleries lining the Capital Mall and in other locations across Washington. In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), the estate should go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.” In 1846, an Act of Congress approved by President James K. Polk established the Smithsonian Institution as a trust to be administered by a Board of Regents and a Secretary of the Smithsonian.

The National Air and Space Museum is located near Dulles International Airport and houses an excellent display of aircraft and spacecraft, including the SR-71 “Blackbird” spy plane, the Concorde supersonic jetliner and the space shuttle “Enterprise”.
Arlington National Cemetery is a national military cemetery, located not far from the Pentagon, that includes John F. Kennedy’s tomb, the house of General Robert E. Lee, casualties of war, honorary war veterans, astronauts, explorers and many historical figures. Arlington Mansion and 200 acres of ground immediately surrounding it were designated officially as a military cemetery June 15, 1864, by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. More than three hundred thousand people are buried at Arlington Cemetery. The Visitors Center is located by the cemetery entrance where maps, guidebooks, exhibits, information services (to include grave locations), a bookstore and restrooms are available to visitors. Visitors can watch the changing of the guard ceremony in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Madame Tussauds is Washington’s branch of the famous London wax museum. With over 200 life-life wax mannequins where you can interact, take photos and get close with some of the greatest celebrities, musicians, sports, political and historical figures and more!

Manassas National Battlefield Park near the outlying suburb of Manassas, preserves two major battlefields of the US Civil War. In July 1861, two armies of a divided nation clashed for the first time on the fields overlooking Bull Run. In August 1862, Union and Confederate armies converged for a second time on the plains of Manassas. Start your visit at the Henry Hill Visitors Center.
The Gettysburg Tour takes visitors through the picturesque countryside to Gettysburg, a town steeped in historic interest. Tour the town and the historic battlefield and view Cemetery Ridge where Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address.
Williamsburg Tour takes visitors through the beautiful countryside to Williamsburg to view some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture, gardens and 18th century furnishings. Visit the Capitol, Palace, Goal, Raleigh Tavern and the home of George Wythe.

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Going somewhere? Check out walking tours, sightseeing cruises on Goldstar

Going somewhere? Check out walking tours, sightseeing cruises on Goldstar

If you already use the free online discounter Goldstar, youre accustomed to getting half-off tickets to concerts, shows, ballgames and other events. But I also found some interesting travel options in Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul (added this month) and other cities on Goldstar’s roster.

The deals are always somewhat last-minute, but they’re worth checking out, especially if you have a particular event in mind. For example, you might look in November and December for discounts on tickets to the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” in New York City.

Register for Goldstar for free and then peruse events as well as reviews from folks who have been to the advertised event or tour. Here are some listings I found this week while browsing (prices below don’t reflect service fees added by Goldstar):

New York

• Take a nine-hour round-trip cruise from Manhattan to Bear Mountain State Park on the Hudson River with a breakfast buffet. You can hike in the park, visit the zoo, go fishing etc., before sailing back to the city. 9 a.m., July 5, $99 per person.

• Boogie on the Saturday Night Dance Cruise while you float past the Manhattan skyline on the Circle Line’s Zephyr boat.  8:30 p.m., June 26, disco/house music night, $14.50;  8:30 p.m. July 3, $14.50 per person, Caribbean night, $14.50 per person.

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Unusual Vacation Ideas: 5 Museums All About Food

Museums are located in many cities in the United States and they have diverse subject matter. Museums often focus on art, history or music. But, did you know that some museums are dedicated entirely to food? If you’re planning a culinary vacation, then adding in a visit to a food museum can be an interesting way to learn something new. There are quite a few food museums located in the United States that a person could visit to discover about the history, facts and trivia of food.

The Idaho Potato Museum is a traveling museum that is currently located in New Mexico. This museum originated in 1975 in Belgium, and is the first museum dedicated to the potato. The Idaho Potato Museum features exhibits such as art depicting soldiers peeling potatoes, exhibits showing how potatoes grow, and exhibits showing the importance of the potato throughout the world. As with most museums, the Idaho Potato Museum has an online store where visitors can purchase apparel and other items to show they had visited the Idaho Potato Museum.


The Jello Gallery is located in LeRoy, New York. This museum is open year round and is accessible for visitors confined to wheelchairs. The Jello Gallery focuses on the history of Jello and Jello trivia. There is also an exhibit in the museum that showcases Jello spokespeople throughout the history of Jello. There are many items dedicated to Jello, and the Jello Gallery is home to a gift shop where visitors can purchase Jello memorabilia, cookbooks, and Jello apparel.


Austin, Minnesota is home to the Spam Museum.

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AirTrans one-day sale to 50 destinations from Los Angeles

AirTran Airways is having a one-day sale with one-way fares as low as $44 (plus taxes and fees). You have to book Friday for travel by June 16.

Deal: The super-low fares on this deal feature East Coast destinations: Boston to Baltimore ($49) and Nassau, Bahamas to Orlando ($44). From Los Angeles, one-way sale fares for 50 destinations are in the $104-to-$179 range, including $104 for Washington, New York and Boston; $166 for San Juan, Puerto Rico; and $124 for Atlanta. You have to travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to get the lowest prices.

When: Purchase tickets by 8:59 PDT May 7 and complete your travel by June 16. Tickets must be bought seven days in advance of travel; blackout days are May 28 and 31 (Memorial Day weekend).

Tested: I tried various date combinations from Los Angeles to New York but couldn’t always get the $104 rate both ways. For example, leaving Wednesday, June 2, the lowest fare I could find was $129, though I could get the $104 rate to return on Saturday, June 5. As I tested various dates between L.A. and New York, the $129 rate showed wider availability than the rock-bottom $104, but that may be because seats are going fast.

Contact: Air Tran, (800) 247-8726

– Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

Image: Air Tran logo

By LA Times

Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

Whether youre planning a vacation on a beachfront or in the middle of a rainforest, youll find plenty of treehouse hotels that wont just give you the basic amenities but wow you completely. No longer is the treehouse the realm of Ewoks and little boys alone. Now, theyre also the trendiest lodgings for adventurous travelers. Read on to find out which treehouse hotels around the globe are worth the visit.

Plettenberg Bay, South Africa: Tsala Treetop Lodge

Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

This one of a kind treehouse lodging overlooks the Tsitsikamma Forest and is artfully made from stone and glass. The lodge itself consists of 10 suites, each one built with floor-to-ceiling windows. The living room of each suite has a fire log, and you can also enjoy the privacy of your own deck which opens to an infinity pool. You can get from one point of this lodge to another through wooden walkways.

While youre in the Tsala, you should book a day to discover the Garden Route of South Africa. This path goes through the botanical beauty of the West Cape. On other days, you can also enjoy sunbathing on the beaches of Plattenberg Bay.

Lenox Massachusetts: The Aviary

Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

If you want a place you can forget the world with and just relax, the Aviary Treehouse located at the Berkshire Mountains is the perfect choice for you this weekend. This is a two-floor treehouse lodging designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. The first floor is a wet room with limestone floors and a gorgeous soaking tub. A spiral staircase will lead you to the sleeping quarters upstairs, also built with an impressive entertainment system.

Not exactly the best choice for the purely outdoorsy types, the lodging offers the best of their bounty at the Dining Room restaurant. Art and history fans will also have a grand time exploring the vicinitys nearby museums, antique shops, and art galleries.

Ashford, Washington: Cedar Creek Treehouse
Top 6 Treehouse Hotels around the globe

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