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Gettysburg Battlefield

Photo of the Week: Serene Gettysburg Battlefield

Serene Gettysburg Battlefield Despite the serene beauty that proliferates  from the battlefields surrounding Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the 6,000 acres has witnessed one of the most horrifically violent episodes of human history. But 148 years after these battles of the United States Civil War, orchards have been replanted, hay is still grown and cut, restored cannons stand …

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Virginia’s Northern Neck: History, A Great River, and Wine

By Stephen Bugno Virginia’s Northern Neck is rich in scenic beauty, with 1100 miles of shoreline containing beaches, marinas, historical sites, viniculture, and small towns that date back to colonial times. The region is located along the banks of the great Potomac River, downstream from Washington, DC and is bordered on the south by the …

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Photo of the Week: Street Art of Washington, DC

Here is some street art from the Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan neighborhoods of Washington, DC. The District of Columbia is one of the most underrated cities in the United States. Besides several great museums, most of which are free (the ones of the Smithsonian, anyway), there are the various neighborhoods, each with its own …

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Your Guide to Not-so-weird Portland, Oregon

By Michael Bugno Upon arrival, I am greeted with a huge brick wall that says, “Keep Portland Weird”. I sort of knew what I was getting into when I read Keep Portland Weird: 5 Crazy things to do in Portland, Oregon. But seriously—whatever happened to arriving in a city and having a Top 10 sights …

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Keep Portland Weird: Five Crazy Things to Do in Portland, Oregon

By Hope Nardini Portland is plastered with “Keep Portland Weird” bumper stickers, t-shirts, and even billboards. It’s one of my favorite cities to visit, because there is always something strange and crazy right around the corner. From “zoo bombing” on kiddie bikes to setting your taste buds on fire with habanero cheese fritters, Portland will …

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Photo of the Week: Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park It’s hard to believe this park is only 2 ½ hours from 12 million people and there were so few visitors. Joshua Tree National Park is nearly 800,000 protected acres in Southern California where the Mojave and Colorado deserts converge. We entered the park from the south where the Colorado Desert …

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Photo of the Week: Natural Bridges National Monument

After battling mobs of American and European families on holiday in Colorado’s crowded Mesa Verde National Park, we headed west into Utah to find a much less visited park. National Bridges National Monument is a great example of extraordinary display of beauty that is southern Utah. There are three natural bridges in the park, Kachina, …

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Colorado: In a State of Beer

I had initially set off to Colorado for my brother’s downtown Denver wedding and thought I’d extend the trip to include summiting a few ‘fourteeners’ and visit Mesa Verde and Great Sand Dunes National Parks, but the week following the reception quickly turned into how many outstanding Colorado Breweries I could visit. For anyone who …

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Hometown Traveler: Your Indie Guide to San Francisco

San Francisco is a city where residents have historically lived by their own set of rules and is brimming with an unflinching independent spirit. Where else can you find zombie flash mobs, public pillow fights, an enthusiastic bike and skate culture, a great music and arts scene, more hipsters and gays than you can shake a stick at, and limitless options for amazing food on any budget.

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