The Washington, DC tourism industry is upended because of Coronavirus. In fact, that’s true every where in the world as there is currently nowhere that safe for travel. There were many hints that a crisis was coming, but the damage happened quickly and painfully.
In this episode Rob takes the mic for a solo podcast. He describes the first three months of 2020 from the perspective of a small tour company owner. He also talks about what happens next and what COVID-19 means for your own trip to Washington, DC.
Accommodations is one of the most important decisions that travelers make. Airbnb and other home rental websites like Vrbo offer an alternative to standard hotel stays. Are they better? What do travelers need to know before they book one? We’ve got a few Airbnb tips to share.
In this episode Rob is joined by Jocelyn Wolters. She is a member of the Wolters World traveling family. Keep up with their travels on YouTube, Facebook and their website. Or follow Jocelyn and husband Mark on Instagram.
Washington, DC visitors spend a lot of time on the National Mall, a National Park Service unit that gets more yearly visitors than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, combined! Park enthusiasts won’t have to spend all of their time on the Mall. There are plenty of other great National Parks near DC.
In this episode Rob is joined by Danielle Jacobs-Erwin. She is the host of Everybody’s National Parks, a podcast dedicated to family adventure in our national parks.
Washington is the capital of the United States and the seat of federal government. But it’s also DC, a city where lots of regular people live and work. In this episode Rob is joined by Alex Baca to breakdown Washington vs DC. They cover what it’s like to live in “DC” and how visitors can experience it when they come to visit “Washington”.
Alex is the Housing Program Organizer at GGWash. She previously worked in journalism, bike advocacy, architecture, construction, and transportation. After growing up in Maryland she lived in San Francisco and Cleveland before returning home to DC. Check out her article It’s Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool which inspired the topic for this episode.
If you’re an Abe Lincoln history buff, this is the episode for you! Rob is joined by Rebecca Grawl, a local tour guide, and history to talk all about Abe Lincoln Historic Sites in Washington, DC. Rebecca is a veteran tour guide with Free Tours by Foot and A Tour of Her Own. One of her favorite tours to lead is the Abraham Lincoln Assassination Tour in the neighborhood around Ford’s Theater.
Visiting local coffee shops is a fantastic way to explore a new city. Washington, DC has a robust coffee scene and everyone can find a few shops to enjoy. Rob is joined by Austen Brower to talk about drinking great coffee in Washington, DC.
Austen is founder and host of Drip: A DC Coffee Podcast. His podcast is designed to brew community by being deliberately curious about coffee and coffee culture.
Professional sports are a big part of every city’s identity and culture. Washington DC has professional teams in almost every major sports league. Rob is joined by Dave Murphy to give our best tips for checking out Washington, DC sports games. We cover the Nationals (MLB), Wizards (NBA), Capitals (NHL), DC United (MLS), Redskins (NFL), Mystics (WNBA) plus a handful of others.
Dave is Dave is an Army veteran, retired DOD geographic analyst, coach of a championship youth football team, contributor at Greater Greater Washington and (for better or worse) a lifelong DC sports fan.
Every visitor wants to know: what are the very best Washington, DC restaurants? It’s a tough question, not because there aren’t good places to eat, but because there are so many! Even if you ate at a new restaurant every single day, it would take years to sample all of the DC dining options. Rob is joined by Jessica Sidman to talk all about food and restaurants in Washington, DC.
Jessica is the food editor for Washingtonian Magazine. She covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper.
Washington, DC is a city with four seasons. Visitors experience very different weather depending on the time of year they come. Don’t let Washington, DC weather catch you off guard! Rob is joined by Jason Samenow for an in-depth weather discussion and advice for DC visitors.
Jason is the Washington Post’s Weather Editor. In 2004 he founded CapitalWeather.com which has grown over the years from a one-man blog to a major operation with a team of writers at the Washington Post. That project is now the venerable Capital Weather Gang.
Nobody is perfect. Don’t stress! In this episode, Rob is joined by Ali Zeller, a world traveler and Washington, DC tour guide. They’ve rounded up the top mistakes Washington, DC travelers make. More importantly, they have some tips to help make sure you don’t make these mistakes when you visit.
Trip Hacks DC was founded by Rob, a veteran tour guide in the Nation's Capital.
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