A view of the Blue Ridge Mountains emerging from the morning fog are seen from the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, October 25, 2012. (Photo credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Virginia Sets New Tourism Record

Virginia has boasted that it is “for lovers” since 1969, but the latest numbers show that lovers are flocking there in record numbers these days.


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Gray: D.C. Working to Change Image Problem

Despite record surpluses, a growing population and shrinking crime and jobless rates, Washington still has a bit of an image problem around the country.


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(Expensive) Summer in the City

The Smithsonian museums and White House tours may be free, but the District is one of the most expensive U.S. cities to visit in the summertime, according to TripAdvisor.


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Ocean City Plans Safety Campaign for Pedestrians

Ocean City is partnering with Maryland highway officials to launch a pedestrian safety campaign for the busy summer months.


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D.C. Sees Increase of About 1 Million Visitors in 2012

Tourism officials say Washington saw an increase of about 1 million visitors last year, counting a record 18.9 million tourists visiting the nation’s capital.


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DC Segway Tour Business Loses Lawsuit Against City

The operators of a Washington Segway tour business have lost a lawsuit against the city over regulations that require tour guides to be knowledgeable about city history and architecture.


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Free Ways to See Washington, a City of Museums

There are probably more free things to do in the U.S. capital than nearly any other major city in the world.


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Big Business: Tourism Generates $20 Billion For Va.

Tourism revenue in Virginia topped more than $20 billion in 2011, an 8 percent increase over the previous year and fueled in part by the weak economy.


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DC Breaks Tourism Record: Nearly 18 Million Visited Washington In 2011

Tourists flocked to Washington in record numbers last year. The nation’s capital welcomed a record 17.9 million visitors in 2011, surpassing a previous record of 17.4 million set in 2000 before the 9/11 attacks.


Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Kicks Off Summer Season With Vacation Sweepstakes For Online Visitors

Virginia tourism officials are hoping to draw 1 million visitors to the state’s website in May, and they’re giving away bigger prizes as they get closer to that goal.




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