The Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina
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William Byrd called it, “a vast Body of mire and nastiness.” George Washington declared it a, “glorious paradise.” Adam and I called it the perfect place for a weekend trip. That’s how we wound up spending a day … Read More

Destination Guide: Old Town Alexandria, Virginia
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Of all the cities I have visited in the United States, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia is my favorite. My connection to Old Town formed when I first moved to the Washington, DC area after college; my first “real” … Read More

Kinzua Bridge: Pennsylvania’s Eighth Wonder of the World
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Although the Kinzua Bridge is only about five hours from Washington, DC, we had to go through Chernobyl to find it. Adam’s love of historical and science-focused TV shows is directly responsible for some of our favorite adventures. … Read More

Niagara Falls: Visiting from Canada and the United States
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The rain poured down hard as Adam, my dad, and I stared out the window of the Original Pancake House, 20 miles away from Niagara Falls in Williamsville, New York. We had known for a few days that … Read More

Finger Lakes Wine: A Day in New York’s Wine Country
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New York’s Finger Lakes region isn’t really that far from Washington, DC; just under six hours away, it’s makes for a perfectly reasonable three-day weekend getaway. Adam and I decided to make the journey for Labor Day weekend. … Read More

1 Day in Panama City, Panama
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True to form, Adam and I didn’t have a lot of time to explore Panama City. Our trip to Panama was a true weekend trip; we left in the late afternoon on a Friday and were back home … Read More

Transiting the Panama Canal: One Day, Two Oceans, Three Locks
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When the alarm went off at 5:15 AM—only five hours since I laid my head on a pillow, weary after a night of bad weather and delayed flights—I jumped up as if it were hours later, as if … Read More

A Day in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country
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It took Adam and I about three hours to make the drive from our home in the Washington, DC area to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A three-hour drive is just short enough that we don’t usually break up the … Read More

The Ultimate Guide to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
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When you think of Kentucky, chances are you’ll first think of its famous derby, affectionately known as the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. Once the lightning fast horses gallop through your mind—and you have perhaps then thought about … Read More

15 Must-Try Foods in Krakow, Poland
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Our trip to Krakow, Poland was motivated by pierogies. I want to say it was motivated by history, culture, or medieval architecture— all of the things we loved discovering when we did our walking tour of Krakow— but … Read More

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