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Snapshot Tag

Coming to the end of a spectacular ride through Cade's Cove, a wide and striking valley with wistful pastures nestled into the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I pulled over next to a small wooded lot just at twilight and got out to stretch my legs. I could see an opening

California's Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the United States for a reason... with views of jagged cliffs, pristine beaches and the Pacific Ocean for as far as the eye can see, it's easy to feel awed by the rugged beauty of the Golden State.Yesterday as I left Santa

  Sydney's Manly Beach is the ultimate beach-lovers paradise. Whether you decide to spend the day surfing, sun bathing or walking the Manly Scenic Walkway, you can expect some serious fun in the sun. And, if you take the ferry at Sydney's Circular Quay you can also expect the best up-close

The colorful and unique houses that line Santa Monica's picturesque Pacific Coast Highway are a fun introduction to the whimsical California lifestyle. Sure, there's only about an foot in between each building, but since they're just a hop, skip and jump away from the beach, it's definitely the best spot in town.***To

The weekly "Jazz in the Garden" event is one of the most popular summer activities in Washington, DC. Centrally located right off the Mall at the National Gallery of Art's picturesque Sculpture Garden, people pack in each Friday to enjoy the night's jazz act (everything from Brazilian jazz to Afro Funk to

Washington, DC is unquestionably beautiful during the day, with its vast marble monuments and powerful landmarks. But if you really want to see DC at its finest, stick around until after sunset... At night, a quiet beauty envelops the city, and it's hard not to feel humbled by the beauty,

Auckland is the top gateway city for visitors arriving in New Zealand. For those looking to get out of the city and have a unique day trip before moving on to further explore this incredible country, why not head out on a brief ferry ride to picturesque Waiheke Island, full

This week's photos for the Snapshot of the Week feature are generously provided by the newly hitched Melissa Rustong. Thanks Melissa, and congratulations!Hilton Moorea Lagoon and Spa Tahiti: the ultimate honeymoon destination. With huts dotting the gleaming South Pacific Ocean, crystal clear water and both black AND white sand beaches,

  To some, the Grand Canyon is simply a "hole in the ground." To others, it's one of the most magnificant spots on the planet. (And, rightly so.) However, I think to truly appreciate the splendor of this water-carved canyon, you need to get up close and personal with it. Hike

I went to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park in October 2009. It was right before the tourist season started, so I practically had the park to myself. This photo of the Cuernos del Paine (the "Horns") was taken on the shores of Lake Pehoe. I was barely able to stand

I was drawn to New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy region with stories of dramatically shifting tides... my aunt and uncle are rumored to have gotten caught offguard by the tides and left stranded on a rock in the bay on their honeymoon 30+ years ago! After witnessing the tides and exploring the nearby town

Is there anything as enticing as the open road? This week, rather than inspire by mere destination alone, this snapshot is of no place of particular importance. Rather, the idea of the open road is intended to encourage wanderlust and a feeling of a future full of possibility. Where will YOU go on your journey? ***To contribute