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11 tweets that show the chaos at Dulles and Reagan airports

The coronavirus pandemic has the entire region—and the globe—doing its best to stop the spread of the virus, including avoiding air travel. In the past week, Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport went from being overly busy to eerily quiet. Here are 11 tweets that show the difference.

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Here are the 6 U.S. destinations experts recommend you visit in 2020

If “travel more” is one of your resolutions this year, then you’re in luck, as the staff of Travel + Leisure recently compiled its annual list of the 50 best places to travel in 2020.

The company’s designated travel experts—ranging from travel agents to experienced editors of the publication—curate a detailed list each year, highlighting places across the globe that are at the forefront of conversation due to world-renowned hotels, noteworthy museums, annual events and more.  

The 2020 list includes everything from a small surfing town in Denmark to the immense, mystifying mountainsides of Taiwan. Among the 50 destinations, the writers mentioned just six places worth visiting in the United States. 

While some are well-known for quaint, waterside views, others are putting themselves on the cultural map with vibrant nightlife and eccentric shopping. Here, we hope to inspire your travel plans for the year ahead by sharing a little information about each one.

Asheville, North Carolina – No. 3

In the midst of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains lies the bustling town of Asheville, North Carolina, known for its eccentric arts scene and historic architecture. When walking Asheville’s streets, you’ll find museums, art galleries and the artwork of local talent stored within former factory buildings. For history lovers, turn to the The Biltmore Estate—built for George Washington Vanderbilt II in the 1800s—as it is one of the city’s most renowned tourist attractions, sprawled across 8,000 acres of land. 

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Waipio Valley Lookout on the Big Island of Hawaii. (© pngstudio / stock.adobe.com)

Big Island, Hawaii – No. 8

Hawaii has always been seen as a hot spot for your next vacation. Yet this year, Travel + Leisure placed the Big Island at the top of the list, as the western coast is beginning to receive attention from writers, travelers and locals alike. This month, the island’s first Auberge Resorts Collection property, Mauna Lani,opened its doors, inspiring eager explorers to turn their eye to the water-centered paradise. 

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The Back Bay area of Boston. (© jonbilous / stock.adobe.com)

Boston – No. 10

Recognized as one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is home to vibrant cultural history, annual entertaining events and a food scene. Whether you’re planning to take the kids for a walk along the Freedom Trail or are interested in catching a baseball game this summer at historic Fenway Park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this year in Boston. Plus, according to Travel + Leisure, five new food halls plan on opening to the public in 2020, appealing to foodies of all forms. 

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Mackinac Island, Michigan. (© Michael / stock.adobe.com)

The Great Lakes – No. 22

While not technically one location, the various cities and small towns along the Great Lakes are generating a lot of buzz in 2020. Shared with Canada and spanning more than 750 miles, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario have a whole lot to offer on the shore, ranging from dining destinations to scenic views. Interested in seeing it all at once? Travel + Leisure has compiled several of the most well-known small ship cruises that make it easy to explore the beautiful waterside sites this year. 

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Bar Harbor, Maine. (© mandritoiu / stock.adobe.com)

Maine – No. 29

Known as the northernmost state in the US, Maine is the ideal destination for adventurers and sightseers alike. From quaint seaside towns like Bar Harbor to the numerous hiking trails within Acadia National Park, the entire state offers entertainment and activities to explore all year long, no matter the weather. The food scene is worth a visit too, as the majority of restaurants in Maine’s most popular towns source all of their produce and meat locally, ensuring fresh taste. 

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Oklahoma City – No. 26 

Oklahoma City serves as a modern, cultural city inspired by its undeniable Western past. It is home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world, specifically attracting tourists to State Fair Park for annual showcases. This year, the arts world of Oklahoma City will be getting more attention, thanks to the March opening of the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and the Warhol and the West exhibit debuting at the end of the month, featuring a collection of Andy Warhol’s Western-inspired imagery. 

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New nonstop flight routes and destinations announced at DMV’s major airports

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Photo by Nils Nedel

Is your 2020 New Year’s resolution to travel more? Or do you regularly fly for business? Either way, when it comes to choosing destinations, airlines and airports in the NoVA region, you have a lot of options. Here, we share DMV news on destinations and airlines recently added to the region’s airports. 

Dulles International Airport

  • LOT Polish Airlines, the flag carrier of Poland, will begin nonstop service between Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport (WAW) and IAD beginning June 2, with three flights per week.
  • Cabo Verde Airlines joined IAD’s lineup on Dec. 9, flying to Cabo Verde’s Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SID) in Cape Verde.
  • United Airlines will launch year-round service between Maine’s Bangor International Airport and IAD, set to begin on June 4, with twice-daily flights.

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport 

  • Beginning on Jan. 7, fliers from Montgomery Regional Airport in Alabama will be able to take same-day round trip flights to DCA on American Airlines, offering same-day return flights as well.
  • JetBlue has discontinued its nonstop routes from DCA to Charleston and Jacksonville as of late October.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

  • Beginning June 7, travelers from the Tulsa International Airport will be able to fly nonstop to BWI on Southwest Airlines.
  • Frontier Airlines has expanded its nonstop service at BWI with three new routes to Miami, San Juan, Puerto Rico and San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Virginians have less than a year to get REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses

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The requirements for flying in and out of Virginia are changing next fall, giving local residents just under 11 months to decide if they should trade in their current license for one with a black star in the top right corner. 

While the change goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2020, the announcement is not new, as the United States Congress enacted the Real ID Act to enhance security standards and combat terrorism in the country in 2005. The star in the right-hand corner of these new licenses signifies that the license is REAL ID-compliant, enabling travel within the U.S. and entrance to some federal facilities, such as military bases. 

As the deadline approaches, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging residents to visit their local DMV far in advance of the Oct. 1 deadline, as the organization is expecting an influx of people next summer and fall. 

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“We’ve added staff, renovated our offices and expanded our mobile operations in order to better serve our customers,” says Media Liaison of the Virginia DMV Brandy Brubaker. “We’re also trying to get the word out to as many Virginians as we can reach. REAL ID is optional in Virginia. You get to decide if it is right for you.”

When the change goes into effect, those who have a valid passport can use that for flying domestically; however, if you don’t want to carry your passport around with you or simply don’t have one, then you should consider changing to a REAL ID, according to Brubaker. 

As of last month, the Virginia DMV had issued over 700,000 REAL ID-compliant driver’s licences, yet there are still millions of residents who need to make the change prior to fall of 2020. 

Interested in getting this form of identification sooner than later? Here’s what you need to bring with you to your local DMV, according to Brubaker:

  • Birth certificate or valid passport to prove both identity and legal presence
  • Social security number
  • Two proofs of Virginia residency (current unexpired driver’s license, Virginia voter registration, current housing lease) 

Also note there is a one-time $10 surcharge in addition to standard fees to get the new license. For more information on the REAL ID-compliant licenses, visit the Virginia DMV website.

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