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Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US

Budget Travel Zen: 10 Free/Donation-Based Yoga Studios In The US Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Knotted shoulders... stiff necks... flight delay anxiety... pent-up aggression toward the armrest-hogger seated next to you on the plane. Travel certainly has its ways of winding you up, and there's nothing like a great yoga class to wind back down. But with trendy studios charging upwards of $25 per class, it can be difficult to find a practice that doesn't exceed your daily travel budget....

National Portrait Gallery Opens Two Civil War Exhibits

National Portrait Gallery Opens Two Civil War Exhibits Mar 31st, 2012 at 10:00AM: The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., is commemorating the Civil War with two new exhibits. "The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck" looks at the work of a rebel dentist who became one of the Confederacy's leading political cartoonists. Unlike most German immigrants, who sided with the Union, Volck was an active rebel who not only fought the Union with his pen, but also...

D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms turn 100

D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms turn 100 Mar 24th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Washington, D.C. is a city of posers. Especially during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival when camera-toting tourists and locals descend like locusts to D.C.'s Tidal Basin to bask in the ethereal beauty of these Japanese trees in bloom. 100 years ago Monday, 3,020 cherry blossom trees arrived in Washington as a gift from Japan, largely thanks to the efforts of a journalist and traveler...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

Photo of the Day: Moody Dupont Circle

Photo of the Day: Moody Dupont Circle Mar 16th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Dupont Circle has never looked quite so moody as it does here, in Flickr user Guillermo Esteves' beautiful interpretation of the DC social hub. The black and white starkness of the image contributes to this impression, though it's really the clouds and the bare trees that nail the late winter atmospherics of this corner of DC. Upload your best photos to the Gadling Group Pool on Flickr. We...

Sweetlife Festival to feature hot music and sustainable eats

Sweetlife Festival to feature hot music and sustainable eats Mar 9th, 2012 at 4:00PM: It isn't often you get invited to a party with a purpose. But that's exactly what the Sweetlife Food & Music Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, will be: an all-day extravaganza celebrating the values of "sustainability, community and fun." Scheduled for April 28, the festival will feature a stellar lineup of musicians, including: Avicii, Kid Cudi, The Shins,...

JFK's Georgetown

JFK's Georgetown Mar 5th, 2012 at 9:00AM: John F. Kennedy was one of the greatest orators in American history. But as a single congressman and then senator, his Sunday morning routine in Washington involved food and newspapers and no chit-chat. Each week, the magnetic politician would occupy a tiny, one-person booth called a "rumble seat" (see photo right and video below) at Martin's Tavern, his favorite restaurant and watering hole in...

Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC

Etihad Airways launches direct service to Washington, DC Feb 24th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Etihad Airways will begin daily nonstop flights from Washington, DC to Abu Dhabi on March 31, the airline announced. "No other UAE carrier is offering nonstop services between DC and the UAE, so this capital-to-capital link is a huge opportunity for Etihad Airways," said James Hogan, Etihad Airways' chief executive. The Washington region is home to America's second largest market...

Give Delta's New York LaGuardia shuttle service a try

Give Delta's New York LaGuardia shuttle service a try Feb 24th, 2012 at 10:30AM: Those that travel frequently between New York's LaGuardia and Chicago's O'Hare airport know that it is among the more tedious routes to fly, particularly if you're traveling on a legacy carrier. Older, less comfortable airplanes, tiny overhead bins packed to the gills with carry-on luggage, and heavy flight traffic are all the norm, leading to plenty of stressed-out travelers. It's for exactly...

Washington, D.C. breaks ground today for brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture

Washington, D.C. breaks ground today for brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture Feb 22nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: This morning, Washington, D.C. held a groundbreaking ceremony for their brand new National Museum of African American History and Culture that will be the Smithsonian Institution's 19th museum. The event, attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, marked Black History Month by celebrating a new kind of history museum that looks to educate people through a candid...

Pimped out presidential suites in Washington, DC

Pimped out presidential suites in Washington, DC Feb 20th, 2012 at 2:00PM: What better place to celebrate President's Day than in Washington, DC? We thought about tracking down the most bad-ass Presidential Suites from around the world, but let's face it – the District of Columbia does a pretty good job of being over-the-top all on its own. From the "Extreme WOW" suite at the W for $10,000 a night to not one but two Thomas Jefferson Suites (at The Willard...

Video game exhibition coming to the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Video game exhibition coming to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Jan 18th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Gamers: put "World of Warcraft" on pause, lay down your controllers, and take note. Beginning on March 16, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, will open the first major exhibition of video games. The Art of Video Games will show how video games as an artistic medium have evolved over the past 40 years and will feature 80 games, all of which were chosen in a public vote in 2011....

Orbitz "Insider Index" predicts London, Chicago and Austin will be popular in 2012, looks at 2011 and 2012 travel trends

Orbitz Jan 8th, 2012 at 11:00AM: According to Orbitz's annual survey, released this week, London, Chicago and Austin are primed to be top travel destinations in 2012. The "Insider Index" used both travel experts and the OTA's booking and consumer search data to predict what they think will happen in the 2012 travel market. Hotspots for 2012 London: London will mark its place in history as the only city to host the...

Most booked locations for MLK weekend getaways

Most booked locations for MLK weekend getaways Jan 5th, 2012 at 1:30PM: Want to know where to head for MLK weekend? Hotwire just announced the top 10 most booked destinations travelers are visiting over Martin Luther King Day weekend. Several cities have historic significance, including Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. he received his B.A. degree at Morehouse College and where the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center was founded as well as Chicago, was the...

Capital Bikeshare stations could be coming to the National Mall

Capital Bikeshare stations could be coming to the National Mall Nov 30th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Anyone who has ever visited the National Mall in Washington, D.C. knows just how congested with traffic the area can be at times. In addition to the usual day-to-day commuters, of which there are plenty, there are always a large number of tourists milling about as well. Travelers often make the pilgrimage to visit the Washington and Lincoln Monuments, along with the host of other attractions that...

LivingSocial launches "room service" in the Washington, DC market

LivingSocial launches Nov 16th, 2011 at 3:00PM: This week, deal megalith LivingSocial announced their newest food service offering, dubbed "room service" in its hometown market of Washington, DC. It marks the first time LivingSocial has offered a non discounted product to users, but also greatly expands their market. How does this fit into travel, you ask? It's simple - restaurants in LivingSocial areas are now offering delivery, which...

Kimpton lets you buy a leg up on the competition with Gordon Ramsay MasterChef package at Palomar DC

Kimpton lets you buy a leg up on the competition with Gordon Ramsay MasterChef package at Palomar DC Nov 9th, 2011 at 6:00PM: So you think you can ... cook? Kimpton is making it easier for those with a hunkering for reality TV fame to have their shot at tryouts with FOX's MasterChef with Gordon Ramsay with an exclusive Friday night package. Kimpton's Palomar hotel in Dupont Circle is offering a limited amount of special "MasterChef" packages, which offers an overnight on Friday, November 11th and a VIP pass that...

Africa Gathering hits DC this weekend

Africa Gathering hits DC this weekend Nov 2nd, 2011 at 3:00PM: If you have never heard of Africa Gathering, now is as good a time as any to hear of it. I never knew what Africa Gathering was until this past weekend when I stumbled across a post on Tumblr referencing it and proceeded to do some research. Africa Gathering is self-described as "A platform dedicated in featuring Africans, friends of Africa to improve their visibility, make them more credibility...

Smithsonian Archives unveils new website

Smithsonian Archives unveils new website Sep 16th, 2011 at 3:30PM: The Smithsonian Institution Archives records the development of America's greatest museum. With a staggering amount of artifacts, recordings, books, and other records, it now has a new website designed to help people explore this matchless museum from home. The archives got their first website back in the dial-up days of 1995. This newer website takes readers deeper into the Institution to...

Remembering 9/11 ten years later: Where you can pay respect

Remembering 9/11 ten years later: Where you can pay respect Sep 7th, 2011 at 1:00PM: Everyone remembers what he or she was doing on September 11, 2001. From the moment American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center (8:46 a.m. EDT) to the horrific realization that the United States was under attack, every person has a story to share, whether of what they were doing on that fateful day to memories of personal survival or tragic loss. Ten years...

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