Eastern State Penitentiary: Philadelphia’s Haunted Prison
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Standing under the skylights at the Eastern State Penitentiary, it seemed even the sunshine filtered in and immediately withered away into darkness. Lightness could get in, but it would never get out. Around me, dozens of people shuffled … Read More

Fall Foliage in Virginia: The Best Places for Peak Foliage
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Growing up in New England, I absolutely loved autumn. I would wake up on weekend mornings, when the sun would stream through the colorful leaves and my bedroom windows to cover my bedspread in deep, golden rays. It … Read More

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

Bleisure Travel: Blending Vacation and Business Trips
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I remember my first trip to Istanbul vividly. I served on the planning team for an international meeting co-hosted by my USA-based company and our Turkish partner organization, which gave me the chance to fly to Istanbul to … 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

The Educated Traveler: Empower Yourself to Save Your Vacation
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For many of us, opportunities to travel are few and far between. In the USA, the average worker earns only ten vacation days a year, which means every moment spent away from work has to count. Adam and … 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

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