Florida South Beach McAlpin Crescent Miami

Trip Summary: With beautiful white sand beaches and great winter weather, Miami presents a slice of Latin American flavor for the sun-deprived northerner. I wouldn’t want to live there but it’s a great place to spend a few days, as long as you don’t mind the in-your-face Jersey-shore attitude of residents and visitors alike. I’m from New Jersey so I feel that I have the right to liberally throw around that insult. Saturday: I woke up early (as always) and […]

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St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Sunset from St. John, USVI

St. John’s beautiful white sand beaches, rugged terrain, and rich history make this little island in the Greater Antilles an exciting tropical destination right at America’s doorstep. In fact, it’s American territory, even though they drive on the left side of the road. My fiance and I visited for five days. I went for hikes in the early morning; in the afternoons, we went on sailing trips around the island. Below you’ll find my accounts of my morning hikes, followed […]

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Florida fruit

Fort Lauderdale’s nice beaches, warm weather, and laid-back vibe attract millions of tourists each year. If you want South Florida without the gaudiness of Miami or the sleepiness of Boca or West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale might be what you’re looking for. Itinerary I woke up early on the first morning and drove to Fort Lauderdale’s main beach, which borders a long stretch of restaurants and bars along Route A1A. After fumbling with the parking meter machine and accidentally paying […]

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Newport and Providence, RI

The Breakers newport

Rhode Island, the nation’s smallest state, manages to pack into its tiny borders a long list of things to see and do on a weekend trip. This little state, nestled in the underbelly of New England, offers great coastal scenery, quaint seaport villages, and an underrated capital with an outstanding food scene and sky-high walkability rating. Rhode Island, the nation’s smallest state, manages to pack into its tiny borders a long list of things to see and do on a […]

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New York City: Central Park

Central Park San Remo and flowers

For someone who likes to travel, living in the Washington, DC area might be one of the best places in the country. There’s tons of stuff to see and do in and around the District, and New York City only a three hour train ride away (well, 2.5, if you’re willing to spend the extra cash to take the Acela). I go up to New York quite a lot on the train and I look forward to the train trip […]

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West Point, NY

West Point The Plain

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA), my alma mater, is one of the most impressive college campuses in the United States. The castle-like, neogothic buildings that stand over the wide parade ground project an image of martial power and tradition going back to the early 1800s. While I was a student there, I definitely appreciated he beauty of the campus and its natural setting on the Hudson River, but I think I was too busy to really understand […]

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New York City: Roosevelt Island

Four Freedoms Park Roosevelt Island

On a recent visit to New York City, I took a side trip to Roosevelt Island, the slender, two mile long island between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Though the island is only a short tram ride away from the Upper East Side, the island’s neighborhood feel and less dense development make it a perfect oasis for those seeking a break from the noise and bustle of the city. From 59th Street, I took the Roosevelt Island Tramway (featured in the Stallone […]

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Montauk Point Lighthouse

Eastern Long Island is a world away from hectic New York City. Gorgeous beaches, stretches of preserved forest, idyllic farmland, and quintessentially American small town main streets all make this area a perennial attraction for the well-heeled and tourists alike. Sag Harbor, NY We used the village of Sag Harbor, NY, as a base. The town was a whaling port in its early days, but I don’t think folks here are doing too much whaling anymore–I did not see any […]

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New York City: Grand Army Plaza

Grand Army Plaza New York City

Continuing with my New York City posts, I wanted to post an article about Grand Army Plaza, the plaza that lies at the intersection of Central Park South and 5th Avenue at 59th Street. This Plaza evokes an Old World grandeur unmatched in Manhattan, with the possible exception of the Helmsley Building framed against the MetLife Building viewed down Park Avenue. The beautiful buildings on this major intersection have impressed tourists and residents alike for over a hundred years. The […]

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The Berkshires (Massachusetts)

Mt. Greylock Berksires

The Berkshires is a beautiful area of the country that I had never really thought of visiting until my fiance invited me along to visit her childhood summer camp. The region combines beautiful scenery with a string of historic towns in varying states of economic well-being, from the post-industrial towns of North Adams and Pittsfield to the fancier old Massachusetts blueblood towns of Lenox and Stockbridge. Lenox, MA We used Lenox, MA as a base. This small town retains a […]

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