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Harpers Ferry

Photo of the Week: Harpers Ferry, WV

HARPERS FERRY, WEST VIRGINIA Crisp fresh air. Piercing yet soft morning sunshine. Steaming coffee before and after a hike. History and small town charm. Thus, Harpers Ferry, tucked between Virginia, Maryland, and the northeast tip of West Virginia. At the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Harpers Ferry is also the midpoint of the …

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Sites Northwest of Seattle

What to See on the Olympic Peninsula: Breathtaking Sights Northwest of Seattle

What to See on the Olympic Peninsula Flying into Seattle is where the fun begins in the Pacific Northwest (PNW).   Seattle’s rainy city reputation can’t be taken seriously when sitting outside overlooking the Puget Sound, while eating fresh seafood and drinking a glass of Columbia Valley wine, on a sunny 70-degree day in September. …

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Smoky Mountains Grandeu by Bobby Palosaari

Exploring America by Car: 8 Stunning Stretches of Interstate

8 Stunning Stretches of Interstate in the United States My favorite way to explore the United States is to jump in my car and take a drive. However, we road trippers often feel bogged down by interstates. They are necessary evils, leading us to our destinations quickly, but boring us to sleep. (Often literally, if …

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Massachusetts Cities

Why You Should Skip Boston and Head to These 5 Cities Instead

Skip Boston and Head to These 5 Massachusetts Cities Instead Boston is a great city with tons of history, delicious food, and a beautiful waterfront to explore. But, it’s not the only place in Massachusetts worth exploring. Next time you’re thinking about dining on clam chowder in Bean Town, consider these other Massachusetts cities and …

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Top 10 Hawaiian Foods

In Hawaii, ono grinds (good eats) aren’t hard to find. You can attend a traditional luau, go upscale at Alan Wong’s, hit a shrimp truck, or wander through old-school markets like Honolulu’s Maunakea, where you’ll find stalls selling fish head soup, soba noodles, and durian smoothies. No state has a higher percentage of Asian Americans. …

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Highlights of Highway 395

Exploring Highway 395 – The Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

Exploring the Highlights of Highway 395 – The Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway The Sierra Nevada Mountains are California’s backbone and the Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway which runs east of the Sierra Nevada range is one of California’s most spectacular drives. From Inyo-Kern County to Lake Tahoe you will have endless views of majestic, snow-capped peaks …

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tiki in hawaii

Where to Get your Tiki on in Hawaii

Tiki in Hawaii — Tiki Mania Thanks to Don the Beachcomber, Trader Vic, and other purveyors of faux-Polynesian pop culture, tiki bars and restaurants were hugely popular in midcentury America. The fad was inspired by the Pacific islanders that U.S. G.I.s encountered during World War II and later read about in James Michener books like …

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Cabot's Pueblo Museum

Introducing: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, California

Introducing: Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, California Perched atop a hillside with panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, the San Jacinto, and the San Bernardino Mountain ranges, this handbuilt homage to Hopi Indian-style pueblos is the result of the work and vision of Cabot Yerxa. An artist, writer, builder, traveler, adventurer, and Native …

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What Its Like In: Texas Rio Grande Valley

What It’s Like In: Texas’ Rio Grande Valley

What It’s Like In: Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Once renown for horse thieves and Catholic missions, U.S. Army forts and a short-lived independent Republic; now the home of a much-maligned border. Called the Rio Bravo in Spanish, populated by a diverse mix of nationalities and backgrounds. Texas is pretty different from the rest of the US, …

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Modoc County

Undiscovered California: Where the West Still Lives in Modoc County

Likely, California: population 99, with a business district that consists of a general store, a post office, and a windowless saloon. Modoc County: the northeastern corner of California, one of the largest and least populated counties in the state, bordered by Oregon and Nevada. This is where my husband, kids, and I found ourselves staying …

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