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Would You Pay to Visit the Smithsonian?

Would You Pay to Visit the Smithsonian? April 18, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Detail of Star Spangled Banner in the Smithsonian's Museum of American History One of the greatest things about Washington, DC, as a tourist destination is that admission to the Smithsonian is free. A collection of art, science, and culture museums housing some of the nation’s priceless treasures...

Video: How A Government Shutdown Will Affect DC Tourism

Video: How A Government Shutdown Will Affect DC Tourism April 7, 2011 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
As Congress has been unable to come up with a compromise to address the budget deficit, it looks likely that there will be a government shutdown beginning on Friday, April 8. If that happens, Washington’s tourism industry will take an enormous hit, as a majority of DC’s attractions, including...

Film Fest DC Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Film Fest DC Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary April 6, 2011 | Events, What's New | Read More
From this Thursday, April 7, through April 17, Film Fest DC, now in its 25th year, will premier more than 70 independent films from all over the world. The geographic focus of this year’s festival will be New South Korean Cinema and Nordic Lights: The Old and The New, a veritable celluloid smorgasbord...

Gauguin’s ‘Tahitian Women’ Back On Display After Attack

Gauguin’s ‘Tahitian Women’ Back On Display After Attack April 5, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
On Friday, April 1, “Two Tahitian Women,” one of the most famous paintings by Paul Gauguin, was attacked – but unharmed – by a mentally unstable visitor to the National Gallery. Citing that the painting was “evil” and “should be burned,” the attacker pulled...

DC’s Cherry Blossoms Are At Their Peak

DC’s Cherry Blossoms Are At Their Peak March 31, 2011 | What's New | Read More
On a walk around the Tidal Basin this past weekend, the official beginning of the National Cherry Blossom festival, I had a chance to see Washington’s cherry trees at the peak of their blooming season. Visitors to the National Mall (and a few other select locations in the DC area where Japanese...

The Washington Nationals Opening Day and NatsFest 2011

The Washington Nationals Opening Day and NatsFest 2011 March 22, 2011 | Events, What's New | Read More
DC baseball fans should mark their calendars for March 31, 2011, as that is the date of the Washington Nationals’ home opener. The Nationals will open the 2011 season with an afternoon game against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday and the three-game series will last through Sunday, with a day off...

National Cherry Blossom Festival Requests Donations for Japan

National Cherry Blossom Festival Requests Donations for Japan March 15, 2011 | What's New | Read More
Besides being one of Washington, D.C.’s biggest events, the annual Cherry Blossom Festival also celebrates Japan-U.S. relations. These Japanese ties, as well as the friendship between the United States and Japan, are especially poignant this year in light of the devastating earthquake and tsunami...

National Cherry Blossom Festival Calendar

National Cherry Blossom Festival Calendar March 12, 2011 | Events, What's New | Read More
The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of Washington, DC’s most popular events of the year, will take place this year from March 26 to April 10. While peak blooming time of the cherry blossoms is estimated to occur this year from March 29 to April 3, there will certainly be plenty to do and...

Top Spots in DC to Get Your Guinness On

Top Spots in DC to Get Your Guinness On March 12, 2011 | Nightlife, What's New | Read More
Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, many Irish pubs in the Washington area are starting to pour the Guinness a bit early to coincide with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, happening this year on Sunday, March 13. But no matter when the festivities begin, it’s always...

Celebrating Women’s History Month in DC

Celebrating Women’s History Month in DC March 3, 2011 | Events, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
March is Women’s History Month. So, in recognition, several museums in Washington D.C. have organized special events or highlighted ongoing tours that examine different facets of women’s history, such as women’s roles in aviation, jazz, or the Civil War. If you want to learn more about...