Tag: Travel News

Va. Sen. Warner: Flying public ‘less safe’ because of partial shutdown

ARLINGTON, Va. — Virginia Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say the partial government shutdown — now in its 33rd day — is not only depriving furloughed employees and contractors of a paycheck — it’s also making air travel more dangerous. “Americans who are flying today are less safe than what our standards have […]

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New GM named for Marriott Marquis D.C., the District’s largest hotel

There’s a new sheriff in charge of D.C.’s largest convention-hotel. Bethesda-based Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has named Satinder Palta general manager of the Marriott Marquis Washington D.C., where he will oversee all operations. Palta was most recently GM of the JW Marriott, and generally bring about 30 years of experience to the job. “His […]

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Air traffic controllers, already at 30-year low, feel government shutdown strain

(NEW YORK) — A few days ago, several bulbs went out in a lighting system at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The lights were part of an instrument landing system for inbound aircraft, some of the criteria pilots use to guide planes onto a runway, especially during bad weather, an airport facility […]

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DC tour bus parking to double in effort to improve traffic

WASHINGTON — The number of parking spaces for tour buses in the Districtwill soon double, and the D.C. Department of Transportation hopes the change will improve traffic. The new tour bus parking zones are expected to all be in effect by spring of next year, just in time for the peak tourist season. The goal […]

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How to get in to the African-American history museum in 2019

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s African-American history museum will bring back timed passes in 2019. Here are the times when you would need one and times when you won’t. The National Museum of African American History and Culture announced that starting January 2019, the museum will require timed-entry passes for certain peak times and seasons. Here […]

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When are the worst times to travel on D.C.-area roads this Thanksgiving?

WASHINGTON — Before stuffing turkeys and cracking wishbones, millions of drivers in the D.C. area will have to endure traffic delays and backups this Thanksgiving eve — with Tuesday projected to be the busiest time to drive, and congestion only continuing into Wednesday. More people are expected to travel this year than they have in […]

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Plan ahead, but traffic ‘back to normal’ at Reagan National after Friday’s chaos

WASHINGTON — Airport officials advise travelers and those picking up friends and family members at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, to give themselves extra time through Monday due to the closure of metro stations in the area. Both the Crystal City and Reagan National Airport stations are closed through Monday due to track work, […]

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Where to take the family while they visit DC

WASHINGTON — The next time you have visitors in town, try these not-so-typical destinations, and show your family another side of D.C. Tour the National Cathedral The National Cathedral is a great destination for those interested in learning more about art and history (the Cathedral offers several different tours, including one that ends with a […]

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3 stars, 40 years: Va. chef celebrates coveted Michelin status

WASHINGTON — Patrick O’Connell waited 40 years for the call, and on Thursday, Sept. 13, it finally happened. His restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington, just received the highest and most-coveted rating in the culinary world: three stars from the Michelin Guide. And ever since that call, O’Connell’s phone has not stopped ringing. “I was […]

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Va. restaurant becomes area’s first 3-star Michelin

WASHINGTON — The release of the star-rated restaurants in the 2019 Michelin Guide brought a wave of excitement to D.C.’s culinary community Sept. 13. The Inn at Little Washington became the area’s first three-star restaurant since the Guide’s D.C. launch in 2016. Congratulations PATRICK! ⭐⭐⭐@Michelin After 40 years you got it! @InnatLittleWash my team and […]

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Summer is up, get ready for big delays on area roadways

WASHINGTON — Tuesday will mark the official end of summer for many, as school resumes and summer vacations become fond memories — and quiet summertime commutes, too. Early September is when many motorists start to adjust to a busier fall commute. That learning curve over the years has resulted in the Tuesday after Labor Day […]

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Another record year for DC tourism: 22.8M visitors

WASHINGTON — D.C. welcomed a record 22.8 million tourists in 2017, up 3.6 percent from 2016. International tourists accounted for 2 million of the total, up 2.5 percent. “We’ve seen eight years of consecutive growth. At the end of the day, what we do to attract visitors is economic development, resulting in $7.5 billion spent […]

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Best places to go apple picking this fall

WASHINGTON — If apple picking is on your fall to-do list, now is the time to check it off. “Don’t wait until you are pumpkin-patching because you’ll probably find a lot of rotten apples at that point,” said Guiomar Ochoa, a parenting and travel writer for Red Tricycle. In the D.C. area, the season for […]

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