Destination of the Week: Washington, D.C.

Just in time for the countdown to presidential election madness, my latest article for popular site The Points Guy (which shows travelers how to get the most out of their points programs for flights, hotels and more) is a guide to my beloved hometown of Washington, D.C.

This comprehensive guide to the vibrant city where I spent the first 18 years of my life, and which I still visit every year, features neighborhood itineraries and restaurant suggestions, as well as top hotels and their points exchanges.  

So if you love the Nation’s Capital like I do — or have never been there, but long to go — please enjoy Destination of the Week: Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.: Ode from an Expat

Moore's "King & Queen," Hirshhorn Museum - photo by Anna Boman

I grew up in the capital city of the United States, Washington, D.C., and sometimes I still dream about it in the wee hours — as though it and I have unfinished business, or I’m looking for something I can’t find.

It’s a city I haven’t called home since 1993, but because my family lives there, so does a part of me. We were just there in late summer, and with my parents as tour guides I learned two valuable things:

You can live in a place your entire life and still discover something new.

You can go home again whenever you like, as long as you’re prepared to let it change.

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TWT Travel Binder: Washington, D.C.

I was born and bred in Washington, D.C., and we go at least once a year to visit family and friends
and see what’s new at the art museums of the Smithsonian.

It’s a town full of history, culture, water, woods, green space…and romance.

Head to our favorite D.C. restaurant, Lebanese Taverna, in Woodley Park.
Stop into Politics & Prose to hear readings by some of the country’s greatest writers.
Ogle the mansions of D.C.’s political elite in elegant Chevy Chase,
and the stunning, soaring windows and stonework of the National Cathedral.

Even if you’ve missed the early April bloom of the famous cherry blossoms, you can still meander through the best of Spring’s flowers at the National Arboretum and foresty Rock Creek Park.

Here are some resources to help you plan your own “travels with two”
to Washington. D.C.

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A Spring Drive Through the American South – Part Four

Continued from
A Spring Drive Through the American South –

Part One, Part Two and Part Three

In a journey through some of the most romantic spots the South has to offer, start in Washington, DC, and head to Charlottesville, VA along the Skyline Drive.  From Charlottesville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, NC.  Then go from Asheville to elegant Charleston, South Carolina.

For the last of your Spring drive, journey from Charleston to grande olde Savannah, Georgia.

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A Spring Drive Through the American South – Part Three

Continued from
A Spring Drive Through the American South –

Part One and Part Two

In a journey through some of the most romantic spots the South has to offer, start in Washington, DC, and head to Charlottesville, VA along the Skyline Drive. From Charlottesville, take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville, NC.

From Asheville, continue on to graceful Charleston, South Carolina.

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