It's one of the world's most powerful capitals, with fabulous museums, historic sites, culture, dining, shopping, and nightlife. Yet for all its high octane - and in recent years, political rancor approaching violent - on a human level DC still manages to exude a charming small-city (sometimes even small-town) feel. A travel must!

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DC cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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DC's Planet Word, where words rule the universe

I’m a travel writer. Words are what I do. My stories may not always sing, but I usually can put one word in front of another succinctly enough to craft a quasi-well-written article.  But when I heard about the newly opened Planet Word several blocks northeast of the White House in Washington DC, I was so excited, I had no words. But I knew I couldn’t get there fast enough to see all the magical ways in which words – the entire focus of the museum “where language comes to life” – can be employed…

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National Museum of the American Indian in 'Getting to know the USA's Tribal Peoples'

 Ron Dicker As most of us know, today is Columbus Day in the United States and other countries, and Indigenous People's Day in much of Latin America, marking the 528th anniversary of the Christopher Columbus expedition's first landing in the Americas (actually 12 October), on the coast of Hispaniola, the Caribbean island home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Of course, many of the Amerindian tribes that were already living here when the Spaniards arrived are still part of the societies…

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DC musts cited in '12 Top Destinations for African-Diaspora Travel'

  Welcome to February! Since 1970, it's also been Black History Month in the USA, and since 1995 in Canada, as well (whereas it's observed in October in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands). And though the reason for the African diaspora was tragic and horrific - the brutal, centuries-long trafficking of human slaves - it has also enriched many parts of the world, and indeed, world culture as a whole. So what better way to kick BHM off than with a look at a dozen of the most…

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  • Check out Travel+Leisure´s updated, ¨highly curated¨ guide to DC (the Union Market in particular is a great choice):
  • Adding to what José commented below, TripAdvisor recently took a look at seven top examples of ¨world cuisine¨spots (Azeri, eh?):
  • When I was a student at Georgetown University and on all my subsequent visits to DC I loved trying all the different ethnic restaurants in a city full of embassies and immigrants. And this piece about the recent DC food festival New Kitchens on the Block included several interesting-sounding newbies - perhaps the most intriguing being "Thai-Italian fusion" lol:
  • DC is of course one of the USA's best museum cities - enough to keep you coming back for at least a second and even third visit.And just yesterday the website - which covers a lot more these days than just airline mileage progams - highlighted five lesser known ones (and of these, I've been to two - one of which, the Spy Museum, I see has been covered here on Tripatini - and re the other three am taking note for my next visit!):
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  • I went to college in DC many years ago, and have been back a number of times since, but lately it's been quite a while. So just this week I was interested to catch this very recently in the Huffington Post. I'll be going back in exactly one month, so am taking note!
    17 Mistakes Tourists Make While Visiting Washington, D.C.
    If you're planning to visit our nation's capital, don't make these errors.
  • The latest edition of our Fields of Dreams...accessible stadium reviews at The World on debuting today. It's Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. DSC_0823.jpg?width=300

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • So what did we come to DC to do? Watch baseball, of course. It's Game Day in Washington, D.C. at The World on Wheels​.

  • It's an impossible task to see everything in our nation's capital in two weeks, let alone a day but come along anyway with The World on Wheels​ as we slog from one end of the city to another trying to take it all in with an all-new report and video. A Monumental Journey Across Washington, D.C.

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • It's repositioning day at The World on Wheels as we leave the protest laden streets of Baltimore for the short train trip to Washington, DC. Capital Transitions - Riding the Rails to Washington, D.C.

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • It had been a while since my last visit to DC, but I was there again just last week - great to be back! And I've seen almost everything worth seeing, with several exceptions including the International Spy Museum. So off I went - and it was indeed a way cool experience!  So much fascinating stuff; one of the things I was most hoping to see was info on the murder of Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov in London with a poison-tipped umbrella. And sure enough, there was the umbrella - well, not THE umbrella, but a replica.  Some of it was a little 'Hollywood,' but hey, I don't begrudge them that. Overall, highly recommended!!


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