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Top 5 April Events in DC

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Here we go! It may not have felt very springy recently, but rest assured, warm weather will come eventually! And, maybe if I list the top 5 events we're looking forward to in April, it will come even faster...

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Through April 13, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has plenty left in store for DC visitors and locals alike. On April 5, spectators can enjoy a beautiful spring fireworks display. The finale parade takes place on April 12 from 10am-12pm. And, of course, our Blossoms by Bike and Segway into Spring tours are available daily throughout the festival!

Smithsonian's Jazz Appreciation Month
Running through April, the Smithsonian Institution will be honoring Jazz Appreciation Month with a variety of special events. Check out this list of workshops, concerts, and activities you can take part in to celebrate the jazzy occassion.

Nationals Opening Day
Hey, batter, batter, swing! Washingtonians rejoice as the Nationals kick off their opening day on April 4, taking on the Atlanta Braves at 1:05pm. You may even want to stop by the stadium just for the awesome food choices (don't worry, we won't tell.) Hooray for spring!

Bike and Roll Opens Downtown DC Rental Location
As you may have heard, Bike and Roll DC will be opening up shop in downtown this April— a brand new rentals only location will pop up outside the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in just a few short weeks! Look for our standard (aka amazing) rentals, along with a few special edition, retro chic "DC Cool" bikes.

Earth Day Celebrations
Boy, are we glad we live in a green-friendly city! Earth Day activities abound in the DC metro area— from a full day event complete with entertainment and giveaways at Union Station to National Mall and National Zoo celebrations, you won't be short on fun things to do April 22!

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Top 5 March Events in DC

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Hey Hunks,

Time to thaw out those tear ducts because February is almost over! Hooray! It seemed like this month was going to last forever, right? I was prepared for a thousand more days of misery and an endless stream of tweets about unplowed bike lanes. But great news! March is almost here. Say it with me: March. Feels good, doesn't it? Anyhow, Bethany asked me to write a blog about some of the many great things coming up in this new and beautiful month of March, so here are five "events" to which I am looking forward:

Friday March 14, 2014 - Spoonboy // Theo Grizol // Hot Tears @ Space Jam - $5 - One of my housemates is smooching a boy who lives at the Space Jam. One day last week I came home and found a little handbill for this show on my fridge. Wow! Spoonboy (David Combs of the Max Levine Ensemble) has been active in the DC punk scene since I was in high school. High school! That's legit. He plays plan-it-x style pop punk. You will probably like it. Theo Grizol performs in Defiance Ohio. Cool. Also, a band called Hot Tears? Yes pls.

Saturday March 15, 2014 - Sadie Hawkins Team Alleycat - $10 - Put on in part by Stefanie Winzeler, one of the organizers of last fall's dope 19th Amendment Alleycat, the proceeds from this race will go to benefit Women and Bicycles. Always good to shred for a good cause. From the event description: "Forget what you know about Sadie Hawkins, this is about getting more ladies cycling the city streets. Who cares who asks who to dance, as long as you get out there and mash. Only 24% of DC cyclists are women, but WABA's Women & Bicycles program is changing that. This is an LGBTQA friendly event! Ride at your own risk, follow the laws and be safe." Sick. Also remember, all teams of two must have at least one female rider. As Stefanie notes on the fb page: "if you show up as a team of two dudes, you're doing it wrong. Ride a bike with a girl. We may have cooties, but we're fast and experts at navigating the streets of DC." Word.

Sunday March 16, 2014 - WCP's Loose Lips Democratic Mayoral Debates @ Black Cat - FREE (I think?) - Did you know that I have over a year's worth of Washington City Papers, stacked chronologically, sitting on my bedside table? I just really like the City Paper, okay?! I even have a tattoo on my chest that says Everything I Know About DC Politics I Learned from Loose Lips. I am constantly appalled by how little people know about local politics. Get informed, yo! There are going to be plenty of mayoral debates leading up to the DC Democratic Primary on April 1, 2014, but if you're only going to attend one, attend this one. Then when you get bored you can go downstairs, get a tallboy, and play pool.

Monday March 17, 2014 - Pot 'o GOLDSPRINTS @ Capitol Hill Bikes - FREE (I think?) - Who doesn't like to get all hot and sweaty doing some indoor stationary track bike racing? This event is going to be super sick and you should probably go. The head bike tech over there is doing some great things AND he used to work for us! So, yeah, do it.

Saturday March 22, 2014 - Segway into Spring Tour @ Bike and Roll DC - $$ - Tears of joy! Okay so this is the obligatory self-promoting item on this list, but I am actually really excited about our new Segway into Spring tour. It is going to be so dope! Segway into Spring is shorter and cheaper than our regular Segway tour and will take you around the back side of the Tidal Basin so you can see all the pretty cherry trees in bloom. Our tour manager Aaron has planned a killer route and we've got some awesome and enthusiastic tour guides on board to take you out. You should probably sign up today. Did you catch that? Click this link and give us all of your $$$. Please?

Okay. TL;DR: March is going to be great. Here is the GIF of those dancing clouds again. Have fun, be safe, and ride your bike all the time.


Top 5 February Events in DC

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Date Nights DC 
Date Nights are back in full swing this February, so grab your guy or gal (or friend!) and head out on the town! From over 100 date ideas to a variety of hot deals and discounts, Destination DC can help spice up your cold February nights. And who doesn't love saving a few bucks for Valentine's Day?

Super Bowl Parties
Okay, okay— so we know the Super Bowl isn't being held in DC (nor did our team fare too well!) but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the game of the year at a DC bar or restaurant! Check here for a full list of participating venues that will be celebrating game day in true DC style.

Washington Capitals
C-A-P-S Caps! Caps! Caps! When Football season comes to an end, Washingtonians rejoice in shifting their attention to the beloved Washington Capitals. February is chock full of riveting matches held at the Verizon Center, so pull out your favorite jersey and get ready to cheer on the boys!

Chinese New Year's 
This 15-day event culiminates on February 2nd with the Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in Chinatown from 2-4:30pm. Stop by H Street (between 6th and 8th) to witness the beauty of the traditional dragon dance, as well as live musical accompaniment and Kung Fu demonstrations.

Cupid's Undie Run
We had to. It's impossible to make a February list without including a good ole' fashioned undie run! This charitable event includes a 1.75 mile run around the Capitol building wherein all participants are clad in Valentine's themed knickers to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation. See all the PG-13 action on February 15th from 12-4pm.


Top 5 Upcoming Events in Washington DC

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New Year's Day has come and gone (and I still bet a lot of you are writing 2013!) So let's find something else to celebrate: upcoming events in DC! The next few weeks are chock full of fantastic things to do out and about in our lovely, albeit chilly, capital!

1. Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week
Rev your engines and your appetites! Restaurant Week (Jan 13-19) is back with a bang in DC, and boy are we hungry just scanning this list of delish eateries! Reserve now for lunch and dinner (at very affordable prices) before all of these top restaurants are booked up.

2. NBC's Health and Fitness Expo 
Get in shape before we break your calorie bank with entries 1 and 3 on this list! NBC's annual health and fitness expo will be held at the Convention Center this weekend (Jan 11-12) from 9am-5pm each day. Stop by to take part in a variety of activities (including an indoor skating rink and a curling area,) demonstrations, or just to educate you and your family on how to lead healthier lifestyles!

3. Alexandria Restaurant Week 
As if one wasn't enough! The DC area's second restaurant week of 2014 will be held in Alexandria, VA from Jan 17-26. With over 45 restaurants participating, the only trouble you'll have is figuring out how many restaurants you can squeeze into one week! View participating establishments here.

4. Martin Luther King, Jr's Birthday
Such a lovely holiday to celebrate in our nation's capital! Rachel Cooper, official guide to Washington DC, prepared this wonderful list of all of the birthday celebrations to consider in 2014.

5. Polar Bear Plunge
It wouldn't be winter in the US without some crazy folks stripping down and jumping into freezing cold water while spectators looked on... right? The 18th Annual MSP Polar Plunge (dubbed "PlungeFest") will take place in Annapolis, MD on January 25th. Take a quick dip in the Chesapeake Bay to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland!


New Year's in Washington, D.C.

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Yes, yes, we know it's only December 19th! But the district never sleeps, and planning for New Year's celebrations is very much in full-swing around these parts.

No plans yet? No problem! Here is a roundup of New Year's events in Washington that we think you should know about.

1. Freedom Eve at Lincoln's Cottage
What better way to ring in the New Year than at President Lincoln's Cottage? Part New Year's Eve party, part celebration of the 151st anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, this gathering is sure to be 100% fun!

2. Noon Year's Eve at the National Children's Museum
Fun for the whole family! Take your brood down to the National Harbor between 10am-4pm on New Year's Eve for a seriously un-serious good time!

3. Elf the Musical at Kennedy Center
"Buddy the Elf, what's your favorite color?" This uber-quotable tale of an orphaned "elf" is sure to delight the inner child in all of you! Visit the Kennedy Center between now and January 5th to get your Buddy fix.

4. First Night Alexandria
Looking to venture outside of DC for some NYE fun? Head down to Old Town Alexandria for a full day (really, a whole day!) of music, food, and entertainment ending in a midnight fireworks display over the river.


One Last Bike Sale, December 7th!

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'Tis the Season for another Bike Sale!

That's right- a holiday miracle! Bike and Roll will be having our last bike sale of 2013 on Saturday, December 7th from 11:00AM to 3:00PM at our National Mall location.

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Well, we have bikes of all shapes, sizes and styles that are sure to delight your friends and family! (Or ya know, yourself, if you're playing a Secret Santa game of 1.)

As always, the sales are cash only and final, so please come prepared (and excited to go home with a bicycle!)




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Thanksgiving in Washington, DC

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The countdown has officially begun--we're just 10 days out from America's day of giving thanks, and my, are us Washingtonians getting pumped! Something about this particular (delicious) holiday has the jolly citizens of our nation's capital brimming with turkey-tinged excitement over the abundance of Thanksgiving-themed food, activities, and volunteer opportunities we can take part in. To help focus your holiday-hyper brains, we've nailed down our list of favorite Thanksgiving events in the DC area.


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Presidential Turkey Pardon

Without thinking too far into the gory details, we still love us a good old fashioned Turkey Pardon! This famous event is said to date all the way back to 1947, but the first official "pardon" was doled out by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. Every year since, a lucky turkey is presidentially pardoned, and from 2005-2009, were flown to Disneyland to serve as Grand Marshal of their Thanksgiving parade. For the past three years, the birds have been sent to the beautiful Mount Vernon Estate to live out the remainder of their years in true presidential fashion. (Fun fact: our feathered friends have also been put up in the Presidential Suite at the W Hotel the night before their big day.)



Turkey Trots

There are a plethora of fun run/walk trots to take part in this year, so grab a family member/friend/co-worker/stranger to join you in a quest for some fun, charity-centric exercise! DC's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot for Hunger is sponsored by SOME (So Others Might Eat), Bethesda's Turkey Chase supports the local YMCA and Rotary Club, and Arlington's Turkey Trot raises money for the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, Doorways for Women and Families and Arlington Food Assistance Center.



Small Business Saturday

This day is all about fueling the local economy, supporting small businesses nearby, and knocking some items off your holiday shopping list. Sure, everyone likes a good Black Friday deal, but there's something to be said for supporting all of the wonderful small business shopping destinations the DC area offers (ya know, think Adams Morgan, Georgetown, Dupont Circle, H Street, Arlington, Old Town Alexandria, Union Market, etc.)



Thanksgiving Meals to Go

Another way to support local businesses and keep yourself from slaving away in the kitchen all day long is to order take-out! (No, seriously!) Here's a great list of DC area restaurants who'll be prepping Thanksgiving Day meals for the non-culinary inclined: Acadiana, BlackSalt, Blue Duck Tavern, Del Campo, and Hill Country to name just a few!



Volunteer Opportunities

Lest we forget one of our very favorite Thanksgiving activities! With so many wonderful opportunities to take part in (and give you a serious case of the warm fuzzies,) the tricky part is deciding not IF but HOW you'll help out! Learn more about DC area charitable organizations and events you can participate in on our near Thanksgiving here.


Bikes for Sale at our Union Station Locale

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This just in: Bike and Roll will be selling 2012 Trek 7300 Comfort Hybrid Bikes at our Union Station location!

Starting this week, and on an ongoing basis, we'll be selling our Hybrids for $280 + tax (cash only) in a variety of sizes, including smaller sizes for younger riders! Our fabulous employees will be on site to fit and adjust any bike to be sure you ride off 100% satisfied. And, as an added perk, you'll receive 10% off service at our Union Station repair shop with purchase of any bike! (Not that you'll be needing it any time soon!)


Happy Halloween, DC!

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Wondering what on earth you and your pals (or kiddies) are getting into this All Hallow's Eve? Well, we've rounded up the best Halloween activities in our nation's capital. Any of one of these is surely bound to fright and delight!

Trick or Treating in DC
For traditional Trick or Treating fun, checkout Halloween on the Hill which includes Hilloween: "Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30-7:30pm. This is one of the Hill's best traditions: 7th Street SE closes between North Carolina Avenue and C Street SE so that families and neighbors can gather for hayrides, games and fun." For the more worldy (or adult) Halloween-ers among your brood, head over to Embassy Row for Massachusetts Avenue's Trick or Treat extravaganza. Instead of door to door, it's country to country!

Hotel Helix Pumpkin Carving
The Helix Lounge will be dishing out pre-scooped pumpkins ready for carving at their 9th annual carving contest! Beginning at 6:00PM tonight, pumpkins will be handed out on a first come, first served basis. Prizes to be awarded for best carved, so start sketching your designs now!

Night of the Living Zoo
From 6:30-10:00PM tonight, join the creatures of Smithsonian's National Zoo for a ghoulish night of fun! Event (21 and up) will include a live band, costume contest, palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists!

AFI Silver Theatre
Take a quick jaunt up to Silver Spring and drop in on the lovely AFI Silver Theatre over the next few nights for some classic horror flicks. Movies will include the likes of Ghostbusters, Shaun of the Dead, The Haunting, and Nosferatu.

Washington Walks Ghost Tours
In for a real scare? Take a two hour walking ghost tour of DC's most haunted houses with Washington Walks, and learn all about the spirits that haunt the disctrict. Look out for Washingtonian ghouls that go bump in the night...

2013 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

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It's that time of year again!

After some "Is it on? Is it off?" shutdown debate, we're all collectively rejoicing that this weekend's Marine Corps Marathon is decidedly ON! The "MCM" is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and has been a true blue DC staple since 1976.

Bike and Roll DC would like to celebrate the marathon's participants and viewers this year by offering a special $5 off discount with code "MCM" for runners or attendees to enjoy one of our guided tours or full day rentals from 10/24 - 10/28. Renting a bike is the perfect way for viewers to keep up with their runners, and a tour is a great pre-marathon non-strenuous activity too!

So keep those sneakers on and head over to Bike and Roll this weekend for some cross-training!

Top 5 October Events in DC

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Ah, and it feels like only yesterday we were writing about upcoming September events...

We're only a few days shy of October, and the DC area is absolutely brimming with wonderful fall activities for you to take part in! Here we've hand picked our top 5 (or T5 as we like to say) favorite events to check out next month:

Top 5 October

1. WalkingTown DC

Actually kicking off Monday September 30th, this week long event (sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC) offers free guided walking tours of the district. Reserve your spots now before they fill up!

2. Taste of DC

A popular annual culinary festival, Taste of DC offers tastings from 50+ DC restaurants and a Beer Garden with over 30 brews. Come hungry, leave happy.

3. Bike and Roll's Bike Sale

We'll be hosting our second bike sale of the season on October 20th from 11:00am-3:00pm. This time around, we're offering several Road and Performance bikes, as well as comfort Hybrid Adult bikes and select Kids' equipment. Come early and ride off into the horizon with your new set of wheels!

4. Washington International Horse Show

A premiere equestrian event, the Washington International Horse Show will run from October 22-27 at the Verizon Center. The show will feature two performances daily (except Sunday) with over 600 horses and riders competing for top prizes.

5. Halloween in DC

From Fright Fest at Six Flags to Boo at the Zoo, DC is the perfect destination for all things All Hallows' Eve! Take your pick from corn mazes, pumpkin patches, ghost tours, haunted houses, zombie runs, and Trick or Treat outings-- we've got it all.


Bike Sale Sunday October 20th!

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Ask and ye shall receive! You wanted another bike sale, you got it!

Couldn't make it to our first sale? Didn't find the right size for you? Wanted a Road or Performance bike instead? Well, we've got you covered on all counts! Join us at our National Mall location at the Old Post Office Pavilion's rear plaza on Sunday, October 20th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for our second bike sale of the season!

Come for the fun, stay for the bikes! We'll be selling our Trek 7300 Adult Comfort Hybrid bikes in a wide array of sizes (even smaller sizes that will make a perfect starter bike for your teen!), Trek 7.3FX Performance bikes, Trek 1.5 Road bikes, and a limited assortment of kids' equipment. 

Again, the sales are cash only and final, so please come prepared. See you in a month, potential cyclists!





Car Free Days in DC

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Keep your keys out of the ignition, people! Go either completely car free, or just car light, to help support more sustainable forms of transportation for this year's Car Free Days in DC.

It's simple-- just swap your typical car commute for bicycling, walking, or public transit! Don't have a bike? Rent one of ours for the weekend and bike on over to some of these awesome DC events to celebrate the movement:

H Street Festival

Red Bull Flug Tag

National Book Festival

50 States and 13 Colonies Ride

PARK(ing) Day


And don't forget to take the Car Free Pledge for your chance to win some pretty amazing prizes this year!


Yelp's Electro Bike Ride with Bike and Roll

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This week we had the pleasure of hosting some truly fantastic Yelpers on an Electro themed twilight bike ride! Neon colors, glow in the dark accessories, and anything shiny was welcome on this tour around the National Mall! Check out some awesome photos and hear what Yelpers had to say about the event...

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"This was by far one of my favorite yelp events I have attended thus far! It was awesome to do an outdoor activity and highlight another type of business that as locals we might completely overlook. Bike and Roll is definitely something I will recommend from now-on to visiting friends and family members whenever I get the chance." -Amanda B

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"Absolutely loved being a local tourist with my fellow Yelpers! We all wore some Yelp bling and some cute glow sticks to set the mood for a wonderful evening ride. I now feel prepared for a history exam as I now know what all four terms were like for FDR and who built the West Wing of the Whitehouse. Absolutely loved how the night coincided with the eve of MLK's famous march on Washington and how we got a sneak peak when visiting the Lincoln Memorial." -Dawn B

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"Rob P. with Bike&Roll DC was THE consummate two-wheeled tour guide and aficionado! He shared Beltway insider insights to us locals that made me feel like a tourist all over again!" -Montaign G

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"Yelp and Bike and Roll set the bar high for my first Yelp event. THIS WAS AWESOME! I had such a great time meeting other Yelpers and learning more about the city that I lived in for the past 9 years." -Qui-Jan J

MANY THANKS to all the awesome Yelpers we had on tour! Please come back any time!

Top 5 Favorite Things about September in DC

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1. Labor Day Weekend

With a plethora of events and activities, Labor Day weekend is the final hoorah for Washingtonians before saying goodbye to Summer and hello to Autumn. Check out a list of Labor Day events here.

2. Bike and Roll's Bike Sale

Can you smell it in the air? It's that time of year again! Come on down to our National Mall location between 11am-4pm on September 8th for some seriously discounted 2012 Adult Trek Hybrid bikes! (Kids' equipment also available in limited quantities.)

3. Washington Redskins Opening Game

On September 9th, Skins fans can collectively rejoice-- Football season is back! Put on your favorite jersey and belt out that fan-favorite fight song. Hail!

4. The H Street Festival

This annual festival continues to get bigger and better ever year! For the 2013 fete, organized by H Street Main Street, expect tons of musical and dance performances, international culinary fare, shopping, art exhibits, childrens' activities and more!

5. Red Bull Flugtag

Join spectators at the National Harbor as 30 teams compete in the annual home-made flying machine festival! Flugtag participants will launch their self-made machines off of a 30-foot ramp to see if their creation can really fly.


50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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A week-long celebration, commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, is in full effect here in our nation's capital. The anniversary celebrates the much-heralded moment in civil rights history that brought nearly 250,000 people to Washington, DC to protest racial inequality and joblessness among the African American community. This march featured King's immensely famous, "I Have a Dream" speech given at the Lincoln Memorial.

To honor this significant milestone, a number of celebratory events will take place between now and the 50th anniversary of the march itself on August 28th. Activities will include a Global Freedom Festival, an "I Have a Dream" Gospel Brunch, a Conference on Civil Rights, and a March for Jobs and Justice. On the 28th, President Obama himself will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at 3:00pm wherein a bell will toll to mark the exact moment Dr. King delivered his famous address.


The team at Bike and Roll DC is incredibly excited to celebrate this historic occasion. As the company's owners and tour guides over the years have noted, the most requested stop from customers on any tour is the Lincoln Memorial. This is due in part to the legacy of Lincoln himself, but also because of the powerful memory of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, given from the memorial's steps.

Bike Sale Sunday September 8th!

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The countdown is officially on!

One month from today, from 11AM-4PM, we'll be crankin' out the deals with our bicycle sale! Don't miss out on the opportunity to swap in your metro commute for a thrilling bike ride...




Washingtonian Magazine's Best of Washington 2013

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DC Landmarks: See Them before They're Gone

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Gettum' while they're hot! (And still around...)

Washingtonians are no strangers to closures—from streets to sidewalks to buildings, this city is a revolving door of "OPEN/CLOSE" signs. Recently there seems to be a surge in the number of DC staples that won't be around for long (or will be closing for a while). But don't fret! We've put together a nice list of attractions you can still see before they close up shop!

East Building of the National Gallery of Art- In March, the National Gallery of Art announced a $30 million, three year renovation of its East Building. The renovation will add over 12,000 square feet of exhibition space and a rooftop sculpture garden. Sounds lovely, but this means the East Building will be boarded up for three whole years! Be sure to visit before they close the doors in December.

Scaffolding on the Washington Monument- Sure, some of you might view this as an eye sore (or think the blue fabric looks like hundreds of Band-Aids hugging our monument,) but it's a pretty rare sight to see! And now that the evening lights have been turned on, it's an even bigger spectacle. Make sure you're one of the lucky voyeurs to see our Monument under construction between now and 2014.

National Aquarium- The Washington branch of the National Aquarium announced it will shut down operations on September 30, 2013. Some of the aquarium's 1,500 animals will be sent up to Baltimore (in case you were worried!) Make sure you drop by to see the DC staple that's been around since 1885!

Weekend Itinerary: Biking to Hillwood Museum

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Looking for that perfectly summery weekend excursion in DC? Get off the metro, and onto a bike! While we're at it, why not bike your way through beautiful Rock Creek Park to the ultimate hidden gem, Hillwood Estate? (We thought you might like the sound of that!)

To ring in the season in a very Great Gatsby-esque manner (sans Redford or Leo—sorry!) we highly recommend a visit to the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Garden's newest exhibit, "Living Artfully" which chronicles the splendid private life of Marjorie Merriweather Post: cereal heiress, Washingtonian socialite, and pioneer art collector.

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Saturday Itinerary:


Get a little caffeine in your system, and meet us at our National Mall location to rent some bikes for your journey. Our friendly staff will send you off with a perfectly fitted bike, a flat repair kit, a lock, a helmet, and a map!


Follow these step by step instructions to bike from our location, down and around the Lincoln Memorial, and up scenic Rock Creek Parkway to Hillwood!


Arrive at the lovely Hillwood Estate, where you'll find convenient bike parking just outside of the Visitor's Center. Once inside, purchase tickets to the "Living Artfully" exhibit ($12 for Adults), and prepare to be wowed.


Grab lunch at the Hillwood café, where you'll see a wide variety of seasonal fare, including a prix fixe menu inspired by the current exhibition, and vegetables and herbs from right out of the cutting garden!


Get lost in the magical grounds of the estate—from the Rose Garden to the Putting Green, you'll find so many hidden treasures here.


Head back down the Rock Creek trail and into Downtown DC, where you can either keep your bikes until dinner time, or hand them over and finish the rest of your day on foot.

Let us know how this journey works out for you— make a few stops and snap a few pics of your bike ride and we'll be sure to repost them on our TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

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