About Rachel

Rachel Cooper is a freelance writer and author with extensive knowledge of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and more than a decade of online journalism and content creation experience. Since 2004 as the Expert on Washington, D.C. for About.com, now TripSavvy.com, Rachel has shared her insight about the nation’s capital and the latest information about attractions, events, jobs, transportation, real estate, children’s activities, sports and much more. She has written numerous articles for regional and national publications including Washingtonian, Montgomery Parks, ApartmentGuide.com, Conde Nast Traveler, Grandparents.com, Washington Parent and more. Her books include 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Washington, D.C. and Images of Rail: Union Station in Washington, DC.  Her third book, Quiet Water: Mid-Atlantic, AMC’s Canoe and Kayak Guide, will be published in 2018. Rachel loves to travel and especially enjoys outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

Digital Media

As an expert in developing web content, Rachel has in-depth knowledge of HTML, SEO, content management systems, blog creation tools, photo editing and design software, social media platforms, Google Analytics and more. She has researched, written, edited and maintained thousands of articles on the capital region. Some of her favorite feature topics have included the openings of new attractions, such as the Newseum, the Capitol Visitor Center, Nationals Park, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Arena Stage, President Lincoln’s Cottage, the National Museum of African American History; and the development of neighborhoods such as National Harbor, the Capitol Riverfront, and the Wharf. 

Books

Images of Rail: Union Station in Washington, DC

Published by Arcadia Publishing in August 2011
Published by Arcadia Publishing in August 2011

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Washington, D.C.

Available Now! Published in 2017 by Menasha Ridge Press
Available Now! Published in 2017 by Menasha Ridge Press

Quiet Water: Mid Atlantic Region

To Be Published in 2018 by Appalachian Mountain Club
To Be Published in 2018 by Appalachian Mountain Club