Travel News for February 17th 2010 through February 18th 2010

Bringing you what’s new in travel for February 17th 2010 through February 18th 2010:

  • D.C.: Top 5 free things to do in the capital – Sean O'Neill recently posted this on This Just In… Newsweek's Travel Blog:

    It's a penny-pincher's nirvana: The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Washington, D.C., which lists about 1,000 freebies. Here's a sampling of some favorite (but lesser known) finds that visitors and locals can enjoy any time of the year, courtesy of the book's author, Rob Grader.

    Rob Grader

    Rob Grader (Photograph by Danny Weiss)

    Catch a free performance
    Most evenings (often around 6:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage. Daily performances run the gamut from classical music, jazz, and popular music to theater, dance, and circus performances.

    Take a free tour of the capital city
    DC by Foot Free Monuments Walking Tours offer 90 minute free tours of the national mall that will fill you in on all of the history, symbolism and architectural details of the monuments around the mall. Guides set out most weekdays at 6 p.m. and most weekends at 2 p.m. No reservations are required.

  • Surprise! Extra Fees Are Often Hidden in Rental Car ContractsSmarter Travel has posted some info about renting a car: So you plan on renting a car and possibly taking it out of state on a side trip. That's fine, unless your contract restricts the areas you're allowed to drive. Find out how to avoid surprising charges.

    Head over to to read the whole article.

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