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Downtown Fredericksburg Virginia

8 Great Things to Do on a Fredericksburg Virginia Day Trip

Rich history combines with modern shopping, dining, and drink to make Fredericksburg Virginia a fun and relaxing day trip just an hour’s drive from Washington DC. The walkable downtown is a National Historic Site, filled with Colonial and Civil War sites, but the vibe is also modern, with shops galleries, and chef-owned restaurants lining the streets. […]

Historic Leesburg Virginia

10 Tasty Leesburg Restaurants to Eat and Drink Local in Virginia

From quirky breakfasts to elegant dinners, and plenty of options in between, these 10 tasty Leesburg restaurants offer delicious local Virginia food and drink. These aren’t the only local places to eat in Leesburg, but they offer a nice range of food experiences in and near the historic downtown. Have another favorite that should be on our list? Please give us your […]

Bluebells at Riverbend Park Virginia Apr 11 2016

Spring Bucket List: 30 Fun Outings in Virginia DC and Maryland

Our spring bucket list will inspire a whole season of fun outings for every age and ability in Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. Whether you are active or relaxed, adults only or family focused, we’ve got ideas for you. Just click the links for details on each destination, and check them off as you go. Spring Bucket List: Gardens and […]

Enjoying summit views Tibbet Knob hike

Tibbet Knob Hike to Gorgeous Views on the West Virginia Border

The three mile out-and-back Tibbet Knob hike delivers gorgeous views and a rocky climb along the West Virginia border in George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. Views from the summit are not as spectacular as those from nearby Big Schloss, but the trail is less busy so it’s a good alternative hike.   The protected National Forest land covers […]

Easter egg hunt

2017 Easter Egg Hunts in Northern Virginia

Bookmark our great, big round-up of 2017 Easter Egg Hunts for family-friendly celebrations of spring in Northern Virginia parks, farms, zoos, and towns. Many events that require registration fill up quickly, so reserve your spot soon. Parks and Historic Site 2017 Easter Egg Hunts Many of our county and regional parks are hosting 2017 Easter Egg Hunts in April. Several of […]

Meadowlark pink cherry blossoms Vienna Virginia

March 2017 Events In Northern Virginia

March 2017 events celebrate nature, annual festivals, family fun, and many opportunities to enjoy beautiful Northern Virginia as spring returns and the days grow longer. Here, in order of start date, are March 2017 events that offer fun for every age. Enjoy Cherry Blossom Beauty, Multiple Locations   With record warm temperatures throughout February, predicted to continue […]

Riverbend view Great Falls

10 Great Falls Park Alternatives When Entry Lines Are Long

Here are 10 Great Falls Park alternatives worth visiting when park entry lines back up with crowds clamoring for scenery, picnic spots, and time with friends and family. You will not enjoy the same dramatic waterfall overlooks at these alternate destinations, but you will enjoy beautiful nature and hopefully, much less time in your car. Our 10 Great Falls […]

Bootlegger Trail Riverbend Park

Woodland Loop Hike in Riverbend Park Virginia

This 2.5 mile woodland loop hike follows shady dirt paths to the Potomac River, returning through hollows and upland forest at Riverbend Regional Park in Great Falls, Virginia. The wooded trails offer a nice alternative to the busiest sections of the Potomac Heritage Trail, while still including a stretch of river views.   Like most visitors to Riverbend, we generally drive […]

Kwanzan cherry blossoms Frying Pan Park Virginia

Visit Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Visit cherry blossoms in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia with our list of popular and hidden bloom destinations, plus tips and websites to help you plan your visit. The Washington DC Tidal Basin is lovely, but it’s not the only option for enjoying the return of spring beauty to the area. There are several other delightful spots to visit cherry blossoms when you want […]

Geroge Washington bust, Masonic Memorial

President’s Day Weekend Fun in and Near Northern Virginia

The long President’s Day weekend adds a boost of extra fun to a sometimes bleak month, and provides an opportunity to explore new destinations in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC region. We’ve rounded up presidential destinations and special events that offer fun for all ages over the three-day weekend. Every three day weekend is a chance to discover a new […]