Trip Hacks DC
Ep.9 Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street

Ep.9 Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street

May 1, 2019

Pennsylvania Avenue is an iconic street in Washington, DC. In a few short blocks visitors can see the Capitol, White House, National Archives, U.S. Navy Memorial, and Old Post Office. However, this area wasn't always such a grand avenue. For much of the country's history it was actually a crime-ridden slum. To discuss the evolution of the street, Rob is joined by Carolyn Muraskin from DC Design Tours. 

Check out DC Design Tours for information about their architecturally themed walking tours. Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website

Ep.8 Riding a Bike in Washington DC

Ep.8 Riding a Bike in Washington DC

April 1, 2019

Taking a bike ride is a great way to see the sites in Washington, DC. The city is well suited for biking because most of the major things to see are located downtown near the National Mall. In this episode of the Trip Hacks DC Podcast, Rob is joined by Brian McEntee to talk Washington DC biking tips and some worthwhile rides outside of downtown. Brian is a bicyclist and social media bike influencer who is locally known for tweeting about the latest local bike happenings from his handle @sharrowsDC. He is also a humor columnist who has written the weekly Gear Prudence bike advice column in the Washington City Paper since 2014.

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website.

Ep.7 National Cherry Blossom Festival Tips

Ep.7 National Cherry Blossom Festival Tips

March 1, 2019

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is the kickoff to spring in Washington, DC. The festival begins on the first official day of spring (March 20th) and runs through mid-April. In this episode of the Trip Hacks DC Podcast, Rob is joined by Nora Strumpf to talk about visiting Washington, DC during cherry blossom season. Nora is the Communications Coordinator for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the not-for-profit organization that organizes the festival in DC each year. She has been with the NCBF since 2015 and is a DC-area native. 

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website.

Ep.6 Tips for Visiting Washington DC with Kids

Ep.6 Tips for Visiting Washington DC with Kids

February 1, 2019

Families with kids make up many of the millions of Washington, DC annual visitors. DC is a family-friendly destination but it’s not Disney World or a place specifically designed around fun for kids. In this episode of the Trip Hacks DC Podcast, Rob is joined by Austin Graff, one of the only dad bloggers in the city. He loves exploring "off the beaten path" Washington, D.C. with is 2-year-old daughter and wife. And you can follow his adventures on Instagram at @austinkgraff and at @dcurbandad.

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website.

Ep.5 All Aboard the DC Metro

Ep.5 All Aboard the DC Metro

January 1, 2019

Visitors love riding DC Metro, but those who don't have a lot of experience with public transit have a lot of questions about how it works. In this episode of the Trip Hacks DC Podcast, Rob is joined by Matt Johnson, a transportation professional and DC Metro expert. Matt tweets from @tracktwentynine and posts the popular "whichWMATA" Metro photo contest on Greater Greater Washington. Rob and Matt tackle some of the most frequently asked questions that Washington, DC visitors have about riding the Metro. 

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website.

Ep.4 The Holiday Season in Washington DC

Ep.4 The Holiday Season in Washington DC

December 1, 2018

Happy holidays from the nation’s capital! On this special seasonal Trip Hacks DC Podcast, Rob is joined by Rebecca Grawl, a local tour guide, historian and museum educator. She also runs Top Things To Do DC on Instagram and YouTube. Rob and Rebecca discuss what visitors can expect when they come to Washington, DC in December.

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website.

Ep.3 Off the Beaten Path Sites in Washington DC

Ep.3 Off the Beaten Path Sites in Washington DC

November 1, 2018

Rob is joined by local armchair historian Eric Fidler for this episode of the Trip Hacks DC podcast. They developed a list of cool off the beaten path things to see and do in Washington, DC. These are perfect for anyone who has been to DC before and is looking for something different, or for a true urban explorer. 

Check out some of Eric's writing on Greater Greater Washington and follow along his adventures on Instagram

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website

Ep.2 Washington DC Photography Tips

Ep.2 Washington DC Photography Tips

October 1, 2018

In this episode of the Trip Hacks DC podcast, Rob is joined by Nicole Glass of Nicole Glass Photography. They discuss a range of photography topics, from some of the coolest Instagram spots to ways to spice up your Washington, DC photos.

Check out Nicole's YouTube channel and the photos that she has available to purchase on Shutterstock, many of them landscapes of Washington, DC.

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website

Ep.1 Stories of Washington DC’s Monuments and Memorials

Ep.1 Stories of Washington DC’s Monuments and Memorials

September 1, 2018

In this inaugural episode of the Trip Hacks DC podcast, Rob is joined by Carolyn Muraskin from DC Design Tours to discuss the life cycle of monuments and memorials on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Learn about who decides when to build a new memorial, how it gets designed and the often controversial process of choosing a location in the capital. 

Check out DC Design Tours for information about their architecturally themed walking tours.

Full show notes for this episode are available on the Trip Hacks DC website

Introduction - Welcome to the Trip Hacks DC Podcast

Introduction - Welcome to the Trip Hacks DC Podcast

August 26, 2018

Welcome to the Trip Hacks DC podcast! This podcast is hosted by Rob, tour guide and founder of Trip Hacks DC. You'll get trips, tricks and travel hacks for your visit to Washington, DC. In this introductory episode Rob will describe his vision for the podcast and the type of content you can expect.