Almost smack-dab in the middle of Northwest D.C. is Chinatown, also known by its Metro stop name of Gallery Place. The brightly lit, vibrant neighborhood is D.C.’s own little version of Times Square, only encompasses a few streets and just a smattering of Chinese influence via signs and eating establishments, but Chinatown is one of the city’s liveliest areas and can be enjoyed on nearly any budget.
After coffee and breakfast at Chinatown Coffee Company, head to the National Portrait Gallery where free entry offers access to multiple floors that display everything from historic portraits of presidents to a sports hall with images that span decades, to a modern-art wing with rotating exhibits that make visitors scratch their heads. Visit the central Courtyard Café where you can sip coffee under a glass canopy.
Book a table for lunch or brunch at Matchbox, a local chain that serves a variety of dishes but is known for inventive pizzas.
Meander a few streets down into Penn Quarter where Penn Social awaits with a cavernous basement full of arcade games, two full-sized cornhole courts and a large projector screen that shows major sporting events.
For dinner, head to Hill Country on 7th Street for Texas-style barbecue served buffet style. Check the event calendar as some nights offer live music and even live band karaoke.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Spring in Philadelphia is a beautiful time. The flowers are blooming, there are people out enjoying nature and Philadelphia’s festival season begins. There are festivals year-round; however, the spring festivals draw much bigger crowds and get Philadelphians ready for a fun and enjoyable summer. Each festival is unique and it’s worth attending as many as possible to fully enjoy the city.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Book the Night on a Glacier experience, available May–September, from Off the Map Travel, to not only spend a one-of-a-kind night in a one-of-a-kind destination, but also enjoy your chance at seeing Norway’s magnificent polar bears.