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Souvenirs from museums dedicated to the DEA, German Americans, the military contributions of Jewish-Americans and more. In the capital, the Smithsonian is the tip of the educational iceberg.<br>Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post

Tired of the Smithsonian? These small, quirky DC museums are worth a visit

Washington is known for its museums. But venture beyond the Mall, which is home to four of the 20 most-visited museums in the world, and you'll find plenty of smaller, quirkier institutions.


Avocados, okra, wine: some of this traveler's favorite souvenirs

I was on the hunt for the perfect souvenir. Standing over a collection of gorgeous specimens, I knew just what I was looking for: something smooth and flawless. I wasn't perusing a high-end boutique or rifling through antiques; I was staring into a bin of beautiful avocados. And for less than a dollar apiece? I couldn't think of anything I'd rather bring home from California.


Social media has turned this sticky alley into one of Seattle’s top tourist destinations

It’s the photo every tourist visiting Seattle has to have: the gum-wall selfie. The quirky oddity at Pike Place Market, for years just 15 feet wide, has turned into a canyon of chewing gum. On a sunny weekend day, hundreds of people can be found crammed into Post Alley — chewing gum, blowing bubbles and documenting the entire experience.


TSA agents have been asking some travelers to remove snacks from carry-ons

You've taken off your shoes and removed your laptop from your carry-on bag to go through airport security screening. You candy bar may be next.

In Virginia, Henry’s ’Give me liberty or give me death!’ lives on

I knew Patrick Henry gave the famous "Give me liberty or give me death!" speech -- but that’s all I knew. Curious about this hero of the American Revolution, my wife, Carol, and I traveled to Richmond, Virginia, and nearby Hanover County to visit several historical sites associated with the fiery Virginia orator. Using the "Road to Revolution Heritage Trail" website - one of 13 Virginia State Heritage Trail guides - we curated our own Henry history tour.


How tall passengers cope with air travel

Jim Fox dreads flying. With good reason. At 6-feet-10, the former NBA player has to squeeze himself into economy class seats, which isn’t always possible.


Tech expert takes on Six Flags' new VR coaster in Arlington, Texas

When I saw the news a year ago that Six Flags Over Texas and Samsung were teaming up to bring a new virtual reality roller coaster experience, I wasn't exactly rushing to be the first in line. In fact, I was pretty sure I wouldn't like it. I was wrong.

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