Best Holiday Travel Tips For People From DC

November 17, 2012 8:00 AM

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Thanksgiving brings family, friends and delicious food. It also brings traffic jams, busy airports and frantic crowds of people. Take a deep breath and use these tips to help navigate the D.C. holiday travel scene from the airport to eating on the run.

TW Luggage and Leather Goods
5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 237-8949

As any seasoned traveler will know, suitcases sure take a beating from the time you reach the terminal to the time you board the plane. Protect all of your worldly goods with a strong and sturdy suitcase from TW Luggage and Leather Goods. The shop features a wide variety of top-notch luggage, briefcases, carry-on bags, travel accessories and other essentials from all of the latest brands including Le Sportsac and Kenneth Cole. TW Luggage and Leather Goods also features helpful and knowledgeable sales representatives as well as offers tips to prolong the life of your luggage.

Find a Metro DC App
Available on iTunes

Price: 99 cents

When it comes to Metro, many area residents tend to have a love/hate relationship with the public transportation system. While it provides access to many popular destinations, including Reagan National Airport, it also comes with unpredictable delays, track repairs and other headaches. With the Find a Metro DC App, not only will you easily find the nearest Metro station based on location, it will also detail any train or bus delays, and provide up-to-the-minute stats on incoming and boarding trains. The app also provides information on points of interests such as restaurants and shops, located near each Metro station.

Related: Best Hotels in DC on a Budget

Market Salamander
200 W. Washington St.
Middleburg, VA 20118
(540) 687-8011

Forget eating on the run. Stop by Market Salamander before you hit the road and stock up on tasty, freshly made cookies, sandwiches, pastries, muffins and other delicious foods. Grab a picnic basket to go and enjoy a variety of treats including mozzarella, tomato and basil sandwiches, jumbo lump crab cakes or seasonal pasta salads. Market Salamander also offers an extensive collection of juices, teas, wines, waters and beers. Don’t forget to pick up a Market Salamander traveler mug, luggage tags, postcards, hats, jackets and travel bags.

Red Top Executive Sedan
3251 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 522-3300

Arrive at the airport in style thanks to the deluxe Lincoln Town Car services offered by Red Top Executive Sedan. The reasonably priced, professionally chauffeured car service features late-model luxury cars with comfortable seating, luggage handling and transportation to or from the airport to your home or office. Choose from popular luxury cars and SUVs, including Cadillac and other executive sedans, as well as stretch limousines and higher-capacity vehicles. For family and friends arriving to town, Red Top Executive Sedan provides all said services and will greet them with a sign. Service provided to all area major airports.

Related: Best Ways To Kill Time At DCA

Going Places
28 Mountain Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
(410) 787-1100

Leave the stress and hassle of planning your trip to the experts. Going Places, a full-service travel agency located in the Southdale Shopping Center, has provided D.C.-area residents with friendly and professional vacation planning services for more than 35 years. Although the agency is best known for booking cruises, honeymoons and all-inclusive vacation packages, the travel specialists at Going Places will also help you find the best deals in airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations. Going Places also offers special upgrades, discounts and deals that are only available when you book your trip through a travel agency.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at

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