Washington D.C Visit: Winter

Looking for the best places to travel in winter cold? Winter in Washington, D.C. brings seasonal magic for all ages. With lights and greenery lining city streets and adorning stately buildings, the holiday spirit fills the air. The season officially begins with National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1 on the ellipse in front of the White House. The tree stays illuminated the rest of the month and free concerts take place every night.

Holiday Festivities Near the National Mall:

  • U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony—a 50-year tradition of celebration with an 80-foot fir tree from Idaho
  • The U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Season’s Greenings” display
  • Union Station’s Norwegian-themed electric train display, complete with frozen mountains and ice-covered fjords.
  • The Lighting of the National Menorah on the ellipse of the White House the first night of Hanukkah.

Holiday Fun around D.C.:

  • Zoolights, a nightly holiday lights display at the Smithsonian National Zoo with musical performances, a train ride, snow-less tubing, and a carousel.
  • Scottish Christmas Walk in Old Town Alexandria on the first Saturday in December, a parade complete with bagpipes, kilts, tartans, Scottish dancers, and Scotty dogs.
  • Bethesday’s Winter Wonderland in early December at Veterans Park: live ice sculpting, choral performances, and Santa himself!

See a Show!

No holiday season in Washington is complete without The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre (with George Washington as the Nutcracker!), Handel’s Messiah at the Kennedy Center, or A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre.

Ring in the New Year in Washington, D.C.

Several neighborhoods and cities throughout the Washington, D.C. area host First Night events. Most popular is the fireworks display over Old Town Alexandria, which can also be enjoyed from the National Harbor across the Potomac River.

Ice Skating!

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink offers the romance of skating below Capitol Hill. Alternately, the National Harbor Ice Rink affords skaters views of the Potomac River. Both rinks stay open from December through March.

January and February in Washington, D.C.

Visitors can still find plenty to do during the post-holiday season, from Wizards basketball and Capitols ice hockey, to Martin Luther King Day events and Chinese New Year celebrations. Plus, D.C.’s mild winter climate keeps most area attractions open—but less crowded!

Great Neighborhoods to Visit in Washington, D.C.:

  • Capitol Hill / National Mall
  • Georgetown
  • Chevy Chase
  • Foggy Bottom
  • Dupont Circle

5 Educational Things to Enjoy in Washington, D.C.:

  • Smithsonian Institution: Impressive—and free—museums line the National Mall. The National Gallery is an incredible collection of art. The Natural History Museum features gigantic dinosaur skeletons. And don’t forget the American History Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, or the incredible Air and Space Museum. These are highlights of a Washington, D.C. experience.
  • National Zoo: Also operated by the Smithsonian Institution, the zoo is most famous for its giant pandas. The zoo’s beautiful, walkable, park-like environment will keep visitors busy all day, enjoying lions, orangutans, zebras, and more!
  • Library of Congress: Enter a world of art, history, and…books! With vaulted ceilings covered in classical murals and quotations from famous thinkers, this library is an American homage to Renaissance humanism. Look in on the famous reading room, and make sure to see Thomas Jefferson’s library.
  • The Capitol: : An underground tunnel connects the Library of Congress to the Capitol, where both chambers of Congress meet. Make sure to book a tour well in advance, as it is one of the most popular destinations in Washington, D.C.
  • Memorials: From the classical beauty of the Lincoln Memorial to the austere silence of the Vietnam War Memorial, Washington is home to many poignant reminders of this nation’s history. Most are located along the National Mall.

Major Convention Centers:

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center: With 2.3 million square feet of space, it’s gigantic; as host of numerous presidential inaugural balls, it’s glamorous. The connected Washington Marriott Marquis provides perfect accommodations.

National Park Services

24 national parks and 565 listings on the National Register of Historic Places

  • Theodore Roosevelt Island: The founder of the National Parks has an entire island dedicated to preserving his conservationist legacy. Visit his memorial, hike through woodlands and swamps, and rent a canoe or kayak to explore the surrounding Potomac River.
  • Potomac Heritage Trail: This expansive network with 710 miles of trails passes from Virginia to Pennsylvania, offering some of the best urban hiking and trail biking experiences in its D.C. sections.

Racing Fans!

  • Exotic Car Drive, Washington D.C.: While D.C. does not have any race tracks, racing fans should check out Exotic Car Drive. Just over the border in Waldorf, MD, visitors get behind the wheel of real race cars and experience the thrill of navigating an autocross course.

Are you planning a trip to see Washington D.C.? Contact Goss Motorcoach Sales to see how a luxury RV experience could make your trip incredibly memorable.

Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, lies a special gem of art, culture, and southern hospitality: Asheville. Rated time and again as one of America’s best small cities, it is one of those places you simply have to see for yourself.

Asheville Combines Southern Charm with Art

When you think of the South, you might envision lazy days spent sipping tea, rocking gently in a chair on a wide, white veranda. If this is the experience you seek, you can find it amongst the quaint bed and breakfast’s sprinkled throughout the Asheville region, but the area is so much more than that. Infused with an electric energy, Asheville is undoubtedly in the South, but it has the independent and artsy feeling of an urban center you’d expect to find elsewhere in America.

Downtown is a central point of interest in Asheville. The dining options are endless, whether you’re looking for southern-inspired cuisine, the ultimate in Carolina BBQ, or a trendy ethnic eatery. There are dozens of locally-owned restaurants that will leave you more than satisfied. Asheville also has an incredible amount of craft breweries, many right downtown, where you can taste beer to delight the taste buds. In between sampling the flavors of the region, stop in to the many art galleries, museums, craft shops, and more throughout downtown.

Things to do in Asheville

A visit is incomplete without a stop at the resplendent Biltmore Estate. The largest private home in the United States, the Vanderbilt-owned mansion will have you dreaming of eras gone by.

But perhaps more than anything else, Asheville is known as a mountain retreat. It boasts a prime location just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one of America’s iconic drives that winds through the mountains and offers incredible views from North Carolina to Virginia. Particularly spectacular in the autumn, the Blue Ridge Parkway is THE destination for hiking, exploring waterfalls, spotting wildlife, and grabbing spectacular photographs.

Ready to plan your visit to beautiful Asheville, North Carolina? An idyllic RV park just 10 minutes north of Asheville, Campfire Lodgings is a great option, and with a nature-oriented area like this one, there are plenty of excellent spots to park, camp, and enjoy the world around you.

Summer Travel 101: How to Have an All-American Summer

Summer is a time when us Americans can finally take a deep breath and relax. Throughout the year, we’re on the go nonstop, whether it’s at school, at work, at home, or in the community. While these are worthy pursuits, we all need to rest and unwind. Now, summer has arrived!Let us be your RV trip planner this summer! The kids are out of school, our communities have slowed their hustle, and even businesses are taking advantage of the long, sunny days.

RV Road Trip Tips

The conditions are perfect for an extended RV road trip, and we want to give you some tips on how to make the most of it.

Keep it Old School. 

We spend all year looking at screens; our worlds have become digitized. On vacation, keeping screen use to a minimum will give you more time to look at the faces of your loved ones, and it’s especially healthy for your kids. Studies show that “free play” improves creativity in children and helps them build initiative.

Make Your RV a Hub for Fun 

One of the great things about RV trips is the community fostered in the RV parks and resorts. Making your RV the fun place to hang out will result in spending time with other RV families, and all the kids will use your RV as their “home base” for play. (This makes it easier to keep track of your own kids, too!). So, set up a tent, play corn hole, or bring a trampoline. Just be creative!

Schedule Time Spent in Nature

While hanging out on campgrounds and visiting local restaurants is a great part of RV travel, there’s tons of benefits of getting away from large groups and taking in the sites nature has to offer. It’s been proven that spending time in nature reduces stress and helps with weight loss; it also helps the kids blow off steam after long hours spent on the road.

If you’re a fan of RV road tripping, then chances are you’re already a pro at having fun, but these are just a few ideas to take your road trip to the next level. What are some of your favorite things to do on the road? Share your ideas with us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And for more great ideas on how to make the most of your luxury RV, check out our blog.