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North America 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

Guest post by Liana Vitali, founder of Blackberry Food Blog.If I told you there was a place you could swim in one of the nation’s largest spring-fed pools, experience the sight (and smell) of 1.5 million bats flying five feet from your face and eat life-changing Indian food that will

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

Well, friends, the suitcase is packed and the time for adventuring is upon us once again. This time, I'm setting off to explore the picturesque seaside retreat known as Santa Barbara, California! For this trip, I'll be meeting up with some of my favorite girlfriends from my semester abroad in

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

This week, PackedSuitcase.com reached 100 posts. Hurray! It’s a huge milestone and I’ve been planning a celebration of sorts to look back at a few of my favorite posts. Serendipitously, Katie at Tripbase has recently initiated a fun challenge called My 7 Links. The gist is that nominated bloggers pick out worthy

We all know that food and travel go hand in hand, and today I'm unveiling a fun new feature on Packed Suitcase... recipes inspired by world travel! And since we are currently in the thick of summer, I was thinking a festive drink native to the beach bars of the British

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,

Originally posted on GoGirlGuides.com on 6/17/11. Every destination has something you just have to see or do. You’ll read about it in guidebooks as you plan your trip and you’ll hear it when you arrive from the locals. As a tourist, you’re expected to want to go to visit the top

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

  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