With the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opening to the public just last summer, this will be the first MLK Day you’ll be able to visit the memorial. If Monday draws even a fraction of the thousands of people who attended the memorial’s dedication in August, plan ahead and prepare for crowds.
Here’s what you’ll need to know when planning your visit:
Off the Mall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is located in a remote and beautiful 4-acre site in West Potomac Park along the Tidal Basin. It’s close to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and on a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials (which makes for a fantastic view and plenty of photo ops). The official address of the memorial, 1964 Independence Ave, SW, commemorates the year that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.
How to Get There
Like all the memorials on the National Mall, parking is extremely limited so your best bet is to take public transportation and prepare to walk a bit. The closest Metro stations are Smithsonian and Foggy Bottom. For a longer but more scenic walk, get off at Arlington National Cemetery and walk over the Arlington Memorial Bridge, crossing the Potomac with the Lincoln Memorial ahead of you. Metro has helpful walking directions from all these spots, which you can find here.
By The Lost Girls
Soaring ticket prices, delayed/canceled flights, bumper-to-bumper traffic and misplaced luggage—all part of the festive homecoming experience—can turn even the most put-together Lost Girl into a cheerless Grinch.
Here are just a few of the ideas that we’ve tried and traded amongst ourselves…all of which have helped us sidestep the most frustrating seasonal travel hassles. And if you wouldn’t mind sharing your own tips and strategies in the comments below, we’d consider it your holiday gift to us!
Holiday Saver #1: Don’t accept the first price—from any online source: For the longest time, I figured all airline ticket search engines, spit out the exact same fares for identical flights. Not so! After finding the “lowest-possible” (but still expensive) fare on a round-trip flight over Thanksgiving weekend on my favorite booking engine, I did a little more digging—and realized I could save nearly $100 by booking a series of one-way tickets on my airline’s own website. Because you can also cancel online reservations, penalty-free, within 24 hours of booking, I was able to make the change—and book the least expensive flight home. READ MORE
UPDATE, May 10, 2011:
After much speculation and anticipation, it was reported this morning that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, known to the world simply as William and Kate, arrived in Seychelles for their honeymoon today. The Seychelles, a cluster of islands in the Indian Ocean, are a popular destination for Europe’s elite. It’s rumored that the Royal Couple made a secret pact to get married while on holiday in Desroches Island, Seychelles, in 2007. It was always a likely contender for the royal honeymoon hideaway with the island’s stunning, and very exclusive, private beaches.
Find out more about Seychelles.
Speculation, rumors and bets have been swirling around for months leading up to the royal wedding of the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We now know who designed Kate’s dress (Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen), how long the balcony kiss would last (2 quick pecks from Wills), the celebrity guests (the Beckhams and Elton John among others), but one big question still remains: Where will the royal couple honeymoon?
The latest speculation is that the royal couple will travel to Jordan for a Middle-Eastern post-wedding getaway. Australia is also high on the list. After a recent trip Down Under, the Duke was reported as saying that Australia could be the spot for his honeymoon with the Duchess.
And then there’s Kenya. The couple got engaged in Kenya’s remote Rutundu Log Cabins retreat last October, and it is reported that the Duke signed the visitors book: “Look forward to next time. Soon, I hope.” Perhaps Wills will keep his word, and the couple will honeymoon in the wild.
Where do you think the royal couple should honeymoon? Check out our Royal Honeymoon Hideaways slideshow to see the possibilities.
Over 2,597 dogs to be exact. Giant Schnauzers. Terriers. Bloodhounds. Chihuahuas. Chinese Cresteds. They were all let out today for the 135th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in Madison Square Garden.
The Westminster Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby, and in our opinion, the number one most “aww” inspiring sporting event.
We went behind the scenes to see what it takes to get these pups pampered to perfection. And it’s no easy feat to get a Boston Terrier on a treadmill or to give a Great Pyrenees’ a precision blow-dry.
Want to let your pooch out for a vacation? Champion dog handlers gave us pet travel advice and tips.
Tell us: What are your tips for bringing pets on the road with you?
We know, you don’t want to hear about any more snow, after weeks of paralyzing wintry weather throughout the U.S. What about baby animals in the snow? Check out Snow Babies and see if you can handle the cuteness.
We couldn’t get enough of Zoo Babies and Aqua Babies, and now we have baby seals, monkeys, and polar bears playing in the snow. What could be more heart warming on a cold day?
Sure, there’s nothing more cuddly than a baby panda, but if you’d rather snuggle up with your Valentine instead plan a romantic getaway with our Top Romantic Hotels.
And if you still want to play in the snow, why not plan a ski trip or a winter getaway before the season ends?
Will Punxsutawney Phil get his chance to see his shadow tomorrow for the annual Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA?
Tomorrow’s Groundhog Day celebrations all over the Northeast and Midwest are being canceled due to winter storms. The Groundhog Club of the Milwaukee Area has canceled the area’s 103rd Annual Groundhog Day Celebration.
Woodstock Willie might be taking a snow day tomorrow, too, since Chicago is the getting the brunt of the bad Midwest snowstorm (Woodstock, Il was actually the location for most of the film Groundhog Day.)
Will Punxsutawney Phil get his chance though? In some years, Punxsy, as the town is commonly referred to, has drawn crowds over 40,000 on Groundhog Day (the town’s population is 6,700). Punxsy has been the epicenter of Groundhog Day celebrations since 1887, so hopefully not even a bad winter storm will stop the “The Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, the King of the Groundhogs — Punxsutawney Phil,” from popping out tomorrow.
Check out what Tim Chapin, the editor of The Punxsutawney Spirit, believes is the appeal of Groundhog Day. And to see what the annual celebration is like in Punxsy, check out our slideshow.