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Inspiration Tag

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

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

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

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

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

Ah, Italia. Firenze is easily my favorite city in all of Italy... and maybe in all of Europe! I love the charming cobblestone streets, the artsy Oltrarno district, the food (oh, the food!), Brunelleschi's Duomo and the fact that for a city made of stone, it still maintains a warmth and feeling of

This week's Snapshot of the Week contributor, Katie Stratman, calls Denver, Colorado home.  She loves to spend her free time exploring all Colorado has to offer, from running and hiking to skiing and mountain biking, and can usually be found outside... unless she is busy in the kitchen baking her (someday)