Why the 2014 Stingray lives up to it's name

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U.S. News ranks the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray in the number one spot for luxury sports cars and luxury convertibles. The car — also known as the C7 — was certainly a hit with visitors at its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. Here are just five reasons why the seventh generation ‘vette is the best car for your money.

Reimagined Style

Recent Corvettes have not made that many changes to the original iconic look, but designers have pushed the boat out when it comes to styling the C7. There are the alluring headlights, the squared-off tail lights, and the four beast-like exhaust cannons in the rear for starters. The revolutionary styling — while remaining attractive to Corvette enthusiasts — also appeals to a new generation of customers — those commonly known as Generation X. continue reading…

Amazing imports that will give you goosebumps

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Exotic cars come in many different shapes and sizes. Some have classic looks or are sedans while others exude the sexiness of sports car with their sleek appearance. What these cars all have in common is that they are sure to give you goosebumps and they are top-of-the-line in quality and luxury.

Rolls Royce Phantom

With a base price of $430,000, the Rolls Royce Phantom is the pinnacle of luxury. Rolls-Royce was started by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce in 1906, and the company has developed luxury cars ever since. The leader of their lavish, exotic cars is the Phantom, which offers passengers a ultra-luxury experience with an easily recognizable frame and appearance. Unlike other luxury cars, the Phantom maintains its look of its ancestors, but the inside is ultra-modern and luxurious with large monitor screens and a chrome controller.

McLaren P1

If you have a need for speed, then you have a need for the McLaren P1. This auto company was created by Bruce McLaren, a legend in the racecar industry. Although Bruce McLaren passed away in 1970, his greatness lives on through his vehicles. The P1 has a price tag of over $1 million, and the company only plans on building 375 total. The car has top speeds of about 217 mph, goes from 0 to 60 in 2.6 seconds, and surprisingly has a fuel consumption of 34 mpg. continue reading…

Art Festivals You shouldn't Miss in the Alexandria Area

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Nestled on the banks of the Potomac river just six miles south of Washington D.C., Alexandria, Virginia teems with artists and art festivals. These festivals range from huge elaborate productions where the streets are transformed into living galleries to smaller creative endeavours. Both, however, are absolutely worth driving to see. Here are four such festivals, two large and two small.

1. King Street Art Festival

For over 10 years, the change of seasons has heralded more than inspiringly vibrant foliage for the artists of Alexandria — it’s signaled the coming of the King Street Art Festival. This festival, which takes place in mid-September, turns King Street into a world-renowned outdoor art gallery. With more than 200 artists offering jewelery, photography, sculpture, and oil paintings, the Alexandria King Street Art Festival is guaranteed to have something to suit any artistic temperament. continue reading…

Luxury Cars Worth Their Cost

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One of the perks of being rich is that you can afford the very best of everything, including the rarest cars in the world. These vehicles don’t come off assembly lines. They are instead painstakingly crafted, most of them by hand, and tuned to a high precision. If you can afford them, here’s a list of expensive cars that are worth every dime.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse – $2.5 million

The Veyron gives new meaning to the phrase “flying too low.” As of this writing, it holds the Guinness Book record for the fastest street vehicle. It set that record in April 2013 when it reached the insane speed of 255 miles per hour. Its powerhouse 8-liter, 16 cylinder engine puts out an amazing 1,200 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 2.6 seconds. Bugatti plans to make only 450 of these speed monsters — so if you want one, you’d better hurry up and get rich.  continue reading…

Great Waterfront Locations Near Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, Virginia is a beautiful city full of history and character. It’s waterfront is full of restaurants, shopping, and other activities that provide a great way to unwind after a day of exploring both Alexandria and nearby Washington D.C.

Scenic Boat Cruises

Boat cruises are a popular way to explore the Alexandria’s waterfront and see the sights while avoiding crippling DC traffic and the stress of navigating unfamiliar streets. Many cruises offer dinner, allowing patrons to enjoy delicious gourmet meals while taking in popular sites such as Jones Point Lighthouse, Mount Vernon, Washington Monument, and the Jeffersonian Monument. The Pirate on the Potomac cruise is great for kids of all ages, while pet-friendly boats rides are perfect for guests looking to bring along their four-legged friends. continue reading…

Historical Sites near Alexandria - George Washington Mount Vernon

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The first 13 colonial states offer some of the oldest and most unique historical points in America. If you are intrigued with the start of our great nation and want to travel back over 200 years in time, Virginia and Washington, DC should be among your top places to stop. Alexandria, VA is one such place that offers amazing historical sites and unforgettable glimpses into our long-gone past.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Once the home of America’s first president, the mansion offers a spectacular and interesting window into our history and the life of President George Washington. The tours show many sites in the home, including the master bedroom and actual bed where the president spent his final moments. Beautiful grounds, a slave memorial and an educational center offer unique points for learning about how the nation was born. continue reading…

Top Highline Covertables for 2014

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Summer is in full swing, and it’s been a good year for convertibles. Here are the top 6 highline convertibles of summer 2014 that you should consider buying.

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

The Aventador needs no introduction. Owning this piece of machinery is only a dream to many people and a reality to very few. The Aventador will turn heads everywhere you go. The sleek, space age design and 700 HP is enough to get people to think you come from another planet. The Aventador also has major power under the hood with a 6.5 liter V12 engine and a 7-speed automatic transmission. You can be the emperor of the road for the price of $441,600. continue reading…

when to replace your windshield wipers

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Whether rain, fog, or dust, a dirty or unclear windshield wiper creates a very dangerous driving situation. Generally, drivers don’t notice windshield wiper issues until they have reached a critically ineffective point. To recognize the early signs of wiper deterioration or issues and what to look for in replacements, follow this guide:

How Long Do Windshield Wipers Last?

Most importantly, know that windshield wipers do expire. Windshield wiper arms average about two to three years, not accounting for more persistent or intense weather conditions, while the rubber part needs replacement about once a year. Expect only a four to six month lifespan for hotter climates. In general, with each pass across the windshield, the rubber on the wipers wears down, and pits begin to form. continue reading…

Alexandria Sights

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Alexandria is known for its wide access to the Potomac River. The waterfront area has evolved into a vibrant and enjoyable region with much to offer. Here are just some of the activities you should try during a visit.

Go for a Boat Cruise

The Potomac River is a sight to behold, especially when you are on it. There are multiple boat tour companies located along the river in Alexandria and a few special options as well. Have a dog? Look into sending him or her on a canine cruise, one of the most unique services Alexandria has to offer. If you don’t have any pets, don’t worry, there are still special cruises for you like the Dandy Restaurant cruise ship. continue reading…

Historical Sites to Visit in Alexandria

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When you’re in Alexandria, Va., you’re not far from some great historic sites. In fact, you can visit some of the country’s best historic areas in Washington D.C. that’s just half an hour down the road. If you love history and are looking for a short getaway from Alexandria, head into the nation’s capital and check out these great sites.

1. U.S. Capitol

Located at the East end of the National Mall on the top of Capital Hill, the Capitol building should be one of your first stops. This is one of the most recognizable buildings in the country. It ‘s also of extreme significance to the United States. The building features neoclassical architecture, with designs pulled from Roman and Greek buildings. You can go on a guided tour of the complex and even watch a session of Congress. continue reading…