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Canoeing on Burke Lake

Northern Virginia Boating and Fun on the Water

Warm weather means the return of Northern Virginia boating and fun on the water to the beautiful lakes, rivers, and bays of the Washington DC region. Whether you’re looking for a casual float, an active paddle, or fishing fun, we’ve found facilities perfect for a summer day. The Potomac and Occoquan Rivers, estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay, and several lakes […]

Burke Lake Marina with Dad

Summer Fun with Dad and Father’s Day 2017 in Northern Virginia

We’ve rounded up special Father’s Day 2017 events plus anytime ideas for fun Northern Virginia outings with Dad all year long. We have suggestions that are active or relaxed, kid-friendly or adult-focused, and even some activities that are great for hard-to-please teens. Adults Only? Active Hikes with History, Wine, and Food Combine a little history, a shady hike, and […]

Enjoy the view from Kentuck Knob on a Laurel Highlands getaway

15 Fantastic Things to Do on a Laurel Highlands Getaway to Western Pennsylvania

A Laurel Highlands Getaway to western Pennsylvania can be packed with adventure, sprinkled with art and history, loaded with luxury, or all of the above. Just a three-hour drive west leads to a beautiful natural area rich in outdoor fun and history, including two Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. If you’re looking for romance, build your […]

annual US national park pass

Who Should Get a US National Park Pass and Why You Might Want to Hurry

A US National Park Pass covers entrance fees to over 2000 parks and recreation sites across the United States, allowing travelers money-saving access to some of America’s most beautiful public lands. If you plan to visit any National Parks and Federal Recreation Sites during the next year, you should consider purchasing a pass. For some lucky folks, that […]

View from Marys Rock north Shenandoah NP

Shenandoah National Park Day Trip Planner: Things to Do in the Central District

A Shenandoah National Park day trip makes a beautiful outing from Northern Virginia and Washington DC, whether you crave a leisurely scenic drive or an active hiking expedition. We’ve rounded up tips on what to do both in the park’s Central District and along the trip, perfect for an outing to Virginia’s dramatic Blue Ridge Mountains.   […]

Bluebells at Riverbend Park, Great Falls Virginia

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 […]

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 […]