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It's Day 10 of Local Travel Month, and I sure have been busy!! Here's a round-up of what I've been up to so far! Brunch at the historic Gadsby's Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia -- 24.3 miles away [caption id="attachment_2997" align="aligncenter" width="480"] George Washington ate here![/caption]   Dinner at Oyamel -- 10.9 miles away (One of José Andrés' restaurants...

I've been talking about doing a Philadelphia Cheesesteak Taste Test for years. Living right outside of Washington, DC (a mere 2 1/2 hours away) it should have been an easy weekend activity to do. But year after year has gone by, and no Philly cheesesteaks. Until now! As part of October's Local

Starting a campfire is one of the most primal things a person can do. Too bad it can also be incredibly difficult! On this past weekend's camping trip, part of my Local Travel extravaganza, after many failed attempts, I learned how to start a fire. Here's what worked for me: Essential supplies: Fire

Today I hereby proclaim that October is "Local Travel Month" here at Packed Suitcase. For the entire month of October, I will be answering the question “Why Travel Local?” by traveling to places within a few hours driving from my hometown. I'll share my experiences along the way while providing local-travel

As a kid, I was fascinated with the concept hidden passageways and the thought that there could be a whole world of secret doings behind an otherwise ordinary facade. I've never found a hidden passageway of my own... until one recent night in DC I stepped through a secret doorway

Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park is a top destination on the US’s east coast for 3 seasons out of the year. From early spring to late fall, the park is filled to the brim with eager wilderness seekers looking to get close to nature, take some pretty photographs and maybe even

The Consitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights... Many people come to visit DC's National Archives to see some of the United States' most valuable documents. But outside the massive building (on the less-traversed back side) are two gigantic statues that yield a surprisingly profound message for passerbys

For as long as I can remember, I've yearned to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural masterpiece Fallingwater. I remember first hearing about it on a children's show as a kid (Sesame Street, perhaps?) and the concept of a house built over a stream, perfectly integrated with the surrounding environment has intrigued me ever since. It

Dupont Circle is one of my favorite DC neighborhoods to wander around, eat and window shop. (Plus, they have a killer farmer's market on Sundays!) Here are some of my favorite restaurants and shops in this historic neighborhood. [caption id="attachment_5239" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo via popville.com[/caption] Top Food Picks Pizzeria Paradiso This spot is arguably DC's top