The Hipster Express: U Street to Brooklyn Bus!

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You’ve seen the Tweets and heard the Google Buzz if you live in the northeast corridor… there is a new bus line in town and they’re here to do battle with the Chinatown busses. This new line is focusing on the hipster crowds in the U Street and Park Slope neighborhoods…  Introducing the KnowIt Express – a cheap and easy way for hipsters to get their Chuck Taylor wearin’ selves to and from NYC without having to ride their fixies up I-95.

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Here’s the rundown so far… Services start October 22nd (or so their website says). the stops will be at the U Street/Cardoza Metro Station in Washington, and at Flatbush & 4th in Park Slope. According to their website, their busses have free wifi, plug-ins and more legroom.

– $25 One-Way
– $45 Round Trip
– $40 Student Discount
– $30 Walk-up fee (DC location only)

DC’s Union Station Gets Artsy to Celebrate History

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The History Channel is promoting their new “epic 12-hour television event” about the history of America… they are literally taking reins of the facade of DC’s Union Station and will be using lasers and lights to project colorful images of America’s past on our historic landmark… that’s awesome!

Here’s a link to the teaser video of America: The Story of Us…

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Leading up to the premiere of America The Story of Us on April 25 at 9/8c, HISTORY will transform three historic American buildings with a public art display from April 19-25. In three cities–New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.– passersby will do a double-take as iconic landmarks morph into a log cabin, a Wild West landscape or a modern palace with glass panels. This dazzling sequence of images will be created by marrying art with state-of-the-art lighting technology.

A sample of the temporary illuminated artwork

The transformation will begin at dusk on April 19 and take place each evening through April 25. (7:30pm -11pm ET)

Visit Union Station (Google map):
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20212

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Not in DC? No problem! History Channel is also taking over buildings in NYC and LA, but only for one day each… so get a move on people!

Beverly Wilshire Hotel: LA

In Los Angeles, come out to the Beverly Wilshire at 7:30pm on April 19. This luxury hotel at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive has epitomized the glamour and grandeur of Beverly Hills since 1928, and now it will undergo a stunning metamorphosis.

Visit the Beverly Wilshire Hotel:
9500 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
7:30pm -10pm PT

Grand Central Terminal, NYC

One of the world’s most famous transportation hubs, Grand Central Terminal has been the gateway to midtown Manhattan for nearly 100 years. Now, beginnning April 19 at 10am, you can see the Main Concourse in an entirely different light–literally.

Visit Grand Central Terminal:
7 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
10am – 9:00pm ET

Pink Trees, Sunshine & Pollen: DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival

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Pink trees, sunshine, tourists and pollen: The Cherry Blossom Festival is once again taking over Washington DC. Japan’s peace offering of hundreds of cherry trees line Washington’s Tidal Basin, surrounding the Jefferson Memorial. In late March and early April, the trees go into full bloom – waving their gorgeous pink and white flowers in the sky.

snapping pictures of the Jefferson Memorial

I showed up to the Tidal Basin early Easter sunday morning and was already in the middle of the crowd. I strolled along the Tidal Basin, towards the Jefferson Memorial and back across the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial. Despite the overpowering pollen, it was a great walk. Tourists snapped pictures, couples had picnics on the Mall and street performers played their instruments… it was nice to see such a lively Sunday morning in a usually sleepy city.

Cherry blossoms...

The history of the cherry blossoms is pretty interesting… in 1912, the first two of these trees were planted on the north bank of the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, given to the USA as a gift from Japan. In 1927, a group of American school children re-enacted the initial planting; the first festival was held in 1935, sponsored by civic groups in the nation’s capital. The festival continued to grow after WWII, being sponsored by many groups and the city government. As the popularity grew, so did the cherry tree collection – 3,800 more trees were given to DC in 1965. Today the National Cherry Blossom Festival is coordinated by the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc., an umbrella organization consisting of representatives of business, civic, and governmental organizations. More than 700,000 people visit Washington each year to admire the blossoming cherry trees that herald the beginning of spring in the nation’s capital.

Washington Monument

As one of Washington’s most popular tourist attractions, the Cherry Blossom Festival draws hundreds of thousands of people into the city. As much as I love my wonderful hometown, DC does not have the infrastructure to handle everyone. The Metro gets backed up (when it’s even running!), traffic gets jammed and the police get confused. If you’re coming down to the waterfront, just take a bike and enjoy the ride… you’ll be glad you did!

Massive crowds were already gathering at 9am...

The organization that set up and ran the festival really did put in an effort to make this year’s festival more user-friendly… but they forgot a couple important things…

– I appreciate the port-o-potties lining the festival… but remember that they smell like poo… when the wind blows, so does that awful stench. The Tidal Basin certainly smelled more like a toilet basin.
– Clean up! Renovations are great, the parks need it… but when you have having your busiest week of the year, you should clean things up first. The Jefferson Memorial is under renovation, so they simply put all the construction materials behind the monument, facing the water! Look at this beautiful photo of the waterfront… those giant cranes laying on the ground really take away from the natural beauty.

Paddle boats enjoying the weather

If you haven’t made it out to the cherry blossom festival yet, I highly recommend coming to DC next spring and witnessing the beautiful pink landscape for yourself! Bring a picnic, rent a paddle boat and RELAX 🙂

Rent a paddle boat and cruise the Tidal Basin!

DC Travel and Adventure Expo – This Weekend – Come with me!

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The world’s largest travel and adventure show – the Travel & Adventure Show – will take place the weekend of March 6-7, 2010. The event gathers hundreds of captivating destinations from exotic India to captivating Cayman and exciting, activities: a huge scuba pool, kayak demonstrations, an aerial zip line, a rope adventure course, cultural performers and much more. The Travel & Adventure Show is THE place to kick off the winter blahs and plan that ultimate vacation.

Guest speakers include the world famous Arthur Frommer and Discovery Channel tv host Kristen Gum. Frommer will be lecturing about his trvel tips and signing his new book. There will also be presentations from dozens of different organizations, including Ethiopian Air and Israel.

Want a discount? Of course you do! Enter DCPR as your promo code when you buy your tickets.

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, 2010

Show Hours:
Saturday, March 6: 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday, March 7: 11:00am-4:30pm

WHERE:
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC

Meet Arthur Frommer this weekend in DC!

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The world’s largest travel and adventure show – the Travel & Adventure Show – will take place the weekend of March 6-7, 2010. The event gathers hundreds of captivating destinations from exotic India to captivating Cayman and exciting, activities: a huge scuba pool, kayak demonstrations, an aerial zip line, a rope adventure course, cultural performers and much more. The Travel & Adventure Show is THE place to kick off the winter blahs and plan that ultimate vacation.

Guest speakers include the world famous Arthur Frommer and Discovery Channel tv host Kristen Gum. Frommer will be lecturing about his trvel tips and signing his new book. There will also be presentations from dozens of different organizations, including Ethiopian Air and Israel.

Want a discount? Of course you do! Enter DCPR as your promo code when you buy your tickets.

WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7, 2010

Show Hours:
Saturday, March 6: 10:30am-5:30pm
Sunday, March 7: 11:00am-4:30pm

WHERE:
Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC

Photo of the Day: Snowpocalypse Snowball Fight in DC

Gigantic snowball fight in Dupont Circle park during the Snowpocalypse of 2010 in Washington, DC

Bolt Bus: Nice Seats & Nice Price

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Bolt Bus is one of the newer lines to start operating DC to NY and NY to Boston Routes. Sure they are only running 2 routes, but more are in the works. Prices range from $1 (if you buy 2 months in advance) to $21 (if you buy day-of). Bolt Bus has a loyalty program for frequent travelers; every 8 rides earns you one trip. The reason I’ve chosen Bolt over all their competitors (and I’m talking dozens!) is because Bolt has the best service, the best busses, best station locations… and… FREE WI-FI with AC plugs for your computer at every seat! Sold.

If you want to buy a ticket – click here – to be taken to Bolt Bus’ website.

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