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Today’s Daily Escape are National Mall Fireworks in Washington, DC. Learn more »

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial

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:

Location
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.

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Holiday Cookies

’Tis the season for enjoying delicious food. Between the barbecues at the college football tailgate, holiday cookies and New Year’s Eve, food consumes us nearly 24 hours a day. So naturally, when you travel, deciding where to eat is essential.

For our beef lovers, we have Big Beef Paradise.  See a selection of restaurants across the US that cater to the carnivore in us all.

This holiday season, warm up with our Hot and Spicy Food Paradise slideshow and Food Paradise: Cookies slideshow. Great ideas for the cookie monster in us all.

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