When you read this, the federal government may or may not be operational. Nonetheless, in these uncertain times, it’s good to have a bunch of spots in your arsenal you know will always be open. After all, it’s no fun to plan a trip and then have your excursions thwarted.
The Newseum is not one of the museums run by the Smithsonian, so it remains open. Interactive and informative, it currently has exhibits on “The Civil Rights Act at 50,” how news and the media covered 9/11, a piece of the Berlin Wall (and how the fall was reported) and lots more.
The Kennedy Center offers free performances every day at 6 p.m on its Millenium Stage, from comedians and composers to choral groups and spoken word. (Some are decidedly more kid-friendly than others.) Check the website for the calendar, plan on getting there well in advance and know parking is $23 at the gate and $20 if you reserve online. Afterwards, go upstairs to the Roof Terrace Restaurant for a killer view and a drink or dinner.
Washington Harbour Ice Skating Rink
At 11,800 square feet, the Washington Harbour Ice Skating Rink is the biggest in D.C. Open from mid-November through mid-March, the circular rink is open every day for recreational skating overlooking the Potomac River. Afterwards, warm up with a table at the uber-popular Farmers Fishers Bakers, a casual, bustling farm-focused restaurant with something for everyone ($10/adults, $9/children, $6 for skate rental).
Sure it’s a little chilly in D.C. this time of year, but bundle up and explore District Wharf, the city’s hip new area on the water, with shops, restaurants and music venue The Anthem which hometown boy Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters calls one of the best places they’ve ever played in the world.
A few years ago “The Awakening”, a 72-foot statue of a giant embedded in the earth struggling to free himself, was relocated to National Harbor. Sitting on one of his massive hands is a selfie-lover’s dream. Once you’ve snapped all the shots from every angle, take a lot of some of the other art installations and life-sized bronze status of U.S. presidents you can pose next to, then peruse the shops or stay for lunch or dinner.
CM Communications, a PR agency specializing in the travel and hospitality industry, recently polled travel journalists and social media influencers regarding post-COVID-19 travel. The survey polled more than 400 journalists, editors, bloggers and influencers across major markets nationwide.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
With travel on hold right now, many Americans are eager to get out to explore the world, constantly looking forward to their next trip. Travel isn’t the only thing Americans are missing right now: Sporting events and concerts are canceled and theme parks are closed, leaving people itching for entertainment or adventure.
A recent survey conducted by Louis Karno & Company Communications polled 100 American writers, editors and freelancers to offer an insider perspective on the industry. The survey asked: Where is travel writing headed in the short term, and what were they working on?
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
Located just 81 miles off the coast of Mainland China, according to an IEEE Spectrum article, Taiwan was originally predicted to have the second-highest risk of a COVID-19 outbreak at the beginning of the pandemic. To date, Taiwan has only seen 440 total cases and seven deaths and is touted by many as having won the fight against the virus. How did they do it?