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North America Tag

On my recent trip to Seattle, I pretty much spent my first day eating my way through the city. Everything that I sampled that day was fresh, delicious and distinctly local. From the spongy yet inexplicably crunchy crumpet with creamy, homemade ricotta and tart lemon curd from The Crumpet Shop to

After driving over 5 hours yesterday to visit Olympic's beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, we stuck closer to our campsite for our third and final day. But in Olympic, we didn't need to drive far to experience some magnificent scenery. We started by taking the 17 mile road from Port Angeles

Just shy of 1,500 square miles, Olympic National Park is the 13th largest National Park in the US. Olympic's unique because it contains 3 distinct eco-systems within its borders. At lower elevations, it's home to temperate rain forests with moss-drapped trees and ferns aplenty. Then, there's the 73 miles of

My parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this summer by taking a 6 week road trip across the US. Just them, a camper van and America's best national parks. (It's tight quarters, so I guess they still must like each other!) I coordinated my Seattle trip to align with their

After such a spectacularly whirlwind-tastic first day exploring Seattle, I was ready to use my second day to slow things down just a bit. Part of travel isn't just hitting all of the top sites but trying to also get a feel for what the destination is all about. What

Today, I flew to Seattle. I left on a 6 am flight... incredibly early. All in an effort to give myself as much time today as possible so I could begin my  whirlwind tour  of the city. (What I like to call "unapologetic tourist syndrome.") I arrived at 10:30 AM, perky

My bags are packed for a new adventure. Tomorrow, I'm heading to the Pacific Northwest! This summer, I've run into countless friends who are either going to Seattle, who have lived in Seattle, or who just plain adore Seattle. Because of all this adoration, the Emerald City has been top of

Earlier this summer, I visited Thomas Jefferson's house, Monticello. I went to college just over an hour from the 5,000 acre plantation and, would you believe that this was my first visit? (Sidenote: I'd traveled to Charlottesville just once during my tenure at JMU, and that was to go to

Montreal. How I’ve lived in Washington, DC, a mere 10 drive hours away, for 31 years without taking the time to visit this gem of a city is beyond me. It is, for lack of a more exciting or descriptive word... lovely. A true remedy for any American’s wanderlust. I wasn’t

Living right outside DC, I see the Washington Monument all the time! Despite the relative normalcy of it, whenever I pass it by I always bring out my phone to snap a quick picture. Except, one day about a month ago, I was walking by the stone obelisk. It was ridiculously,

This past Memorial Day weekend, while friends and family were heralding in the start of summer with BBQs and lazy afternoons by the pool, I was practicing my French while exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Montreal, Canada. I’ve been eager to visit Montreal for years, and I was excited to

In a few short days, I pack up my car and embark on a Memorial Day weekend road trip. My destination? Montreal, Canada!For the past few years, I’ve been dreaming about Montreal. In my reverie, it represents a little piece of Europe right here in North America, with charming cobblestone