“…I also love a full-moon hike up Old Rag Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park.” (Credit: Jeff Mauritzen)

National Geographic Photographer, Jeff Mauritzen, Divulges Best Spots for Photos in DC

First Published on RootsRated.com Walking around Washington at any time of year, you will find no lack of cameras, tripods, and smartphones all vying to capture the experience of the nation’s ...

Billy Goat Trail overlooking the Potomac River

DC’s Best Day Hike: Billy Goat Trail

Published First on RootsRated.com The Billy Goat Trail near Great Falls is easily one of the best nature hikes near DC. It’s especially worthwhile if you’re looking to get a half-day dose of ...

Lotus flowers in full bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in northeast DC National Park Service

8 Awesome Green Spaces Within DC City Limits

First Published on RootsRated.com Living the city life doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to forgo outdoor green space—it may even make you crave it more. But, when you live in the ...

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At Assateague, primitive camping sites are just steps from the Atlantic coast

Beach Camping on Maryland’s Assateague Island

First Published on RootsRated.com It almost sounds mythical—wild horses, campsites just steps ...
River cruise on DC’s National Harbor at sunset (Credit: Potomac River Boat Company)

Five Ways to Get on the Water in Washington

First published on RootsRated.com To a Taoist, water is considered an aspect of ...
Best Washington, DC camping spots

Easy Labor Day Camping Spots Near Washington, DC

First published on RootsRated.com Early September just might be the best time of ...
Biker stays right where the Capital Crescent Trail splits from the C&O Canal and reaches Great Falls, Virginia

Run, Ride, Paddle — DC Multi-Sport

First published on RootsRated.com Here’s to the hardcore adventure fiends who don’t ...
A typical summer day on Rehoboth Beach, Delaware: lots of sunning. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

5 Day Trips in 5 States Near Washington, DC

First published on RootsRated.com Washington DC’s central location in the mid-Atlantic makes ...

New Orleans: Two Days in The French Quarter

One can learn a lot about a place in a short period ...

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Prayer flags in the Himalayas lead the way to Mt. Everest in Nepal (Image: Jonathan Irish | http://www.jonathanirish.com)

Great Quotations About Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering

❤ “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young ❤ “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond Inmon “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” — Jeffrey Rasley “It’s always further than it looks. […]

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What to Read While on the Road: The Best Books About Travel and Adventure

What to Read While on the Road: Great Books About Travel and Adventure

Last updated: May 12, 2015 . Into The Wild (John Krakauer) – Love the book? The movie is awesome too. Into Thin Air (John Krakauer) – The book is better than the movie. Miracle in the Andes (Nando Parrado) Rum Diaries (Hunter S. Thompson) – Don’t see the movie, just read the book. On The […]

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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

76 Movies About Travel and Adventure

(Last updated May 12, 2015 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the most […]

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The Greatest Poem Ever Written // A Clear Midnight by Walt Whitman // #NationalPoetryDay

A Clear Midnight by Walt Whitman THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done, Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes thou lovest best. Night, sleep, death and the stars.

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Paddler's hit the Potomac for sunset paddling. (Credit: Boating in DC)

Where to Stand Up Paddle in the District

First Published on RootRated.com Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the newest water sports to gain favor in the United States. In a relatively short amount of time, it has joined the ranks of kayaking in terms of popularity for inland and coastal water sport. You can’t look at a body of water in the […]

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C&O Canal Bike Path (Photo credit: Jonathan Irish)

Best Outdoor Date Spots in the District of Columbia

First Published on RootsRated.com Summer is the season of love. In autumn in Washington, DC, it is a nostalgic, playful, and happy time of year. Endless sunshine, boundless waterways and nature trails, and warmth lasting well into the evening provide a perfect setting for a day-long date—and when the sun falls into the horizon, and the technicolor […]

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Biking events in DC are often dusted with themed gear. Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)

See the Entire Country in One Day: 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride

First Published on RootsRated.com   Alright, so you’re not really going to ride your bike all the way across the country in one day, but you can certainly ride around DC and pay homage to all the states on the highly popular 50 States and 13 Colonies Ride. This ride is legendary and certainly worth […]

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My posse stopped along a self-guided tour for a photo op at Lincoln’s Memorial

DC Monument and Memorial Bike Riding

First published on RootsRated.com Nearly 20 million people travel to Washington, DC from all over the world each year, and for most, a visit to the capital monuments is the first stop on the list. That is certainly a strong showing of just how far word-of-mouth travels about the awe of the landmarks that depict the […]

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Review: Vickers Brothers Whisky; South Carolina Backwoods Recipe

First published on WorldwideDelicacies.com I usually squeeze one drop of juice direct from an orange slice into any glass of whisky to soften the hard edge. Hey, that’s just how I like my whisky. I was reviewing Vickers Brothers South Carolina Backwoods Recipe so I tried it unadulterated, and it didn’t need that drop. It’s almost as if […]

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DC's Jazz in the Garden: Friday Nights, May 22 through August, 2015

Washington, DC’s Annual ‘Jazz in the Garden’

What: Jazz in the Garden When: Friday Nights, May 22 through August, 2015 Where: National Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC DC’s annual Jazz in the Garden festival kicks off in the District on May 22 and the locals are… jazzed. This beloved Friday tradition brings together people of all ages and interests to soak in live local jazz music, and […]

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DC bike commuter rides toward the U.S. Capitol Building on Pennsylvania Avenue (Credit: Stefanie Payne)

Washington Bike to Work Day is May 15th!

“I ride because it takes the public out of public transportation.” “I ride because it’s cheaper than owning a car.” “I ride because it helps me get my daily exercise in without having to deal with the gym.” “I ride because I do my best thinking on a bike.” “I ride because I want to do my […]

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A perfect rainbow over Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia

South Georgia Island – The Land That Time Forgot

I started writing this article and found myself discussing the general history of South Georgia. While the basics of this lost-at-sea island are fascinating, at least I think they are, I know that what my adventurous readers are here for is a taste of the experience! So I’m going to share four that blow any overview out […]

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