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The best of the USA, via Instagram

Diversity is a word that's thrown around a lot when people talk about the United States. It's an incredible melting pot of cultures, a dazzling mix of landscapes. It's black and white and every shade of gray, red rocks and green mountains and endless...
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Postcard from Philadelphia

My mom grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, so I've grown up hearing stories of Philadelphia. My mom and my grandma would reminisce about cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and scrapple: they just couldn't find anything quite the same in sunny,...
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A weekend in Washington DC with a local

Whenever I traveled to a new country, I always felt a little tinge of guilt that I hadn't seen more of my own. I especially felt guilty that I had visited the capital cities of so many other countries, visiting their government buildings and learning...
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Postcard from Charleston

It's hard not to like Charleston. The whole place is quaint with a twist of beachiness: antebellum architecture lined up next to palm trees, sandy beaches a stone's throw from the historic French Quarter. Blue skies, sweet tea, wraparound verandas,...
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Postcard from the Georgia Highway

If Arizona surprised me with the diversity of its landscapes, Georgia simply stunned me with its beauty. Suddenly, I understood where all those country singers were coming from when they wax nostalgic about Georgia peaches, sitting on a front porch...
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The sweet Southern charm of Savannah

In Savannah, I expected some old-fashioned Southern charm, a lot of sweet tea and some delicious (and fried) Southern food. My grandmother (the one who taught me all about traveling) visited Savannah years and years ago, and she was told, if...
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A sorority stop in Macon, Georgia

Sorority life--for all its ups and downs--was born in Macon, Georgia. Wesleyan Female College was established in 1836, and was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. In 1851, The Adelphean Society (which later became Alpha Delta...
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Postcard from Montgomery

So, we spent one night in Montgomery, Alabama. It's on the short list of places in the USA that we wouldn't go back to. The downtown was eerily empty, the outskirts were nothing to write home about. We stayed in a crappy suburban hotel, and the...
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Seven awesome reasons to go to Austin

Texas was my first "new" state on this trip, and Austin was the city I was most excited to visit. It didn't disappoint; in fact, it exceeded all of my expectations. If New York City doesn't work out, don't be too surprised if I decide to give...
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Postcard from the Texas State Capitol

Austin seems an unlikely choice for the capital of Texas--but then again, many are surprised to learn that California isn't led by San Francisco or Los Angeles, but rather my lovely hometown of Sacramento. Austin is liberal, active, outdoorsy, fit in...
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