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Non-Touristy Ways to Spend a Day in Washington, DC

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By , October 21, 2015 8:24 am

As our nation’s capital, Washington, DC is known as a huge tourist hub. This can be kind of fun if you’re a first-time visitor, but a bit annoying if you live here or visit often. When you think of ways to experience DC, images of the White House, museums, and monuments come to mind. However, there are lots of other ways to spend time in this lively city and get a feel for what it’s all about.

So put away that map and those Bermuda shorts, because today we’re ditching the tourist circuit and trying some new activities. These are some of our favorite non-touristy ways to spend a day in and around Washington, DC.

Trampoline Jumping Class

Do you have fond (or painful) memories about jumping on a trampoline in your best friend’s backyard as a kid? Relive those memories and make some ones in a DC trampoline jumping class. But in this class you’ll more than just jump. You’ll learn how to do somersaults, twists, and other aerial/gymnastic skills while getting a great workout too! This experience runs year-around and lasts for about 1.5 hours.


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Whiskey 101

If you work up a thirst from all that jumping, head to nearby Arlington, Virginia for a Whiskey 101 class. Here you’ll learn the basic differences between whiskey, bourbon, and scotch and how to sip and mix them at the DC School of Whiskey. This experience is also offered year-around, and you’ll be a whiskey pro in just an hour.

Personal Wine Class

But if wine is more your drink-of-choice, consider spending your day in a personal wine class to understand wine basics at a private club in Dupont Circle. Over an hour or two, you’ll get a personal lesson in wine from an industry professional and get the opportunity to ask as many questions as you want. Your instructor, Professor Laurent Guinand, is a wine expert that lectures about intentional wine business. Classes are often held conveniently after work hours and offered year-around.

Glassblowing Class

Another class definitely worth checking out in the DC area is a glassblowing class. Based in nearby Sperryville, Virginia, this class is made for students who have never been in a glassblowing studio before. You’ll learn the steps it takes to create beautiful hand-blown glass art through techniques like gathering, centering, blocking, marvering, and basic color application. Classes last for about two hours. You should wear a long-sleeve cotton shirt, jeans/khaki pants, and either leather or canvas shoes for your personal safety.

Photo credit: Trevor Smeaton via Flickr

Photo credit: Trevor Smeaton via Flickr

Beginner Belly Dancing Class

Have you ever watched belly dancing in a Bollywood movie and wondered exactly how they shake their hips like that? Well, you can find out for yourself in a DC belly dancing class designed for beginners. No experience is necessary, and you’ll learn the basic posture, shimmies, isolations, undulations, and traveling steps. Embrace the sounds of Middle Eastern music as you have fun and work your body in this friendly one-hour class. Stretch pants, close-fitting tops, and a hip scarf are recommended to wear, and you can dance barefoot or with ballet or rubber-soled jazz shoes on.

Get to Know Seattle with these Awesome Experiences

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By , October 7, 2015 10:34 am

Seattle is an outdoor lover’s retreat, a foodie’s dream, and a sightseer’s paradise. Although the city has a reputation for rainy days, the weather doesn’t get locals down because there’s so much to do at all times of year.

Whether you’re visiting Seattle for the first time, are just passing through, or are reuniting with old friends, there are some experiences that define a perfect stay in Seattle. These are some of our favorite local experiences to get to know the city in new and exciting ways.

Funky Fremont Experience

Fremont is an eclectic neighborhood in Seattle that’s worth a visit, no matter how many times you’ve been to the city. Take a Sunday morning stroll on our Funky Fremont Experience to learn about all the hot spots and take in the local culture. On this tour, you’ll get to see the Lenin statue, Theo Chocolate, and the infamous Fremont Troll. You’ll end your off-the-beaten track walk after about two hours at the Fremont Sunday Market. This tour operates year-around, regardless of the weather.

Photo credit: Roshan Vyas via Flickr

Photo credit: Roshan Vyas via Flickr

Seattle Boeing Factory Tour

Seattle is also known for being the home to the Boeing aircraft factory, so why not take a tour and learn more about its fascinating history and technology? The Boeing factory tour lasts about 1.5 hours and introduces you to 747, 767, and 777 planes that are flown around the world. Expect to spend a few hours at the factory, and this tour operates year-around as well.

Capitol Hill Food Tour

Another neighborhood worth checking out in Seattle is Capitol Hill, which is a favorite among foodies. Take a Capitol Hill Food Tour to sample the goods from some of the area’s best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and cafes. You’ll get at least 15 food tastings, including delicious local favorites like pork belly mac ‘n’ cheese and spicy Korean-style tacos. This tour runs on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3 pm and lasts about two hours.

Seattle Craft Distillery Tour

Seattle also has a buzzing craft brewery and spirit scene, which you can learn all about on a Seattle Craft Distillery Tour.  Hop in a luxury Mercedes-Benz to visit three local craft distilleries in the area and learn about the process of distilling gin, vodka, and whiskey. You’ll get to sample over a dozen locally-produced liquors and a couple craft cocktails too. This is a great way to kick off happy hour in Seattle, starting at 3:30 pm Wednesdays through Sundays.

Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery

The Seattle area also produces some top-notch wines, and you don’t have to travel far to find them. Sign up for a Snoqualmie Falls & Seattle Winery Tour for tastings at the Chateau Ste. Michelle and Columbia wineries. This is an ideal tasting tour for nature lovers because you’ll get to see the Cascade foothills, ranches and farms, scenic winding roads, Mount Si, and the Snoqualmie Falls. This experience lasts about six hours and operates year-around.

Photo credit: Blake Stearman via Flickr

Photo credit: Blake Stearman via Flickr

Yakima River Floats

To spend even more time in nature, join one of the Yakima River Floats, which offers breathtaking views of the Rattlesnake Hills, rock canyon walls, and the desert terrain of the Pacific Northwest. You can hop out for a swim near the Smiley Face cliffs too. This experience is family-friendly and only has an occasional Class 2 rapid. Visit Seattle between April and October to try out this float!

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