I took this photo last spring during the very brief blooming of the tulip magnolias (or saucer magnolias) in Washington DC. They’re one of the spring’s first dramatic blooming varieties in the DC area, usually beating the more famous cherry blossoms by a couple of weeks.
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Fort Moultrie isn’t as famous as its neighbor, Fort Sumter, but it has played crucial roles over the centuries in defending Charleston Harbor.
Although not the highest or even the wettest, Niagara Falls might just be the most famous waterfalls in the world. And they’re very easy to visit.
I took this panorama of Boston’s city skyline at night from the end of Long Wharf looking back at the city. At one point during the colonial era, Long Wharf was the busiest pier in America. It was also much longer at the time–in the centuries since, landfill has created reclaimed land, but originally the shoreline was up near Faneuil Hall.
Quebec City is a kind of Paris-in-miniature, set on a beautiful spot on the Saint Lawrence River and full of old-world charm. At Christmas it really shines.
Newark, New Jersey, isn’t exactly known as a jewel of the American northeast. But from certain vantage points, it can actually be quite pretty. Glittery, even.
Heavy snow shuts down Washington DC, but it also transforms the National Mall, its monuments, and other Washington landmarks like the White House into a winter wonderland.
Gallows Point Resort on St. John in the beautiful US Virgin Islands is a fantastic place to watch some stunning Caribbean sunsets.
The Hoover Dam was one of the great engineering feats of the Great Depression of the 1930s in the United States.
It made for a stunning winter wonderland in the Canadian Rockies along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper.
Ocracoke’s lighthouse is one of the oldest on the East Coast that’s still in operation.
I came across this deserted gas station while driving along the highway of the endless flat plains of Kansas.
Austin is a city that’s young, fun, and takes pride in being a bit off-kilter.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio, is the largest and oldest air force museum in the world.
St. John boasts some of the Caribbean’s most picture perfect beaches. White sands from the coral reefs and beautiful turquoise seas, along with reliably warm tropical weather, make for an idyllic setting.
The interior of Old Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica has to rank it as one of the most stunning churches or cathedrals in North America.
One of the world’s most visited museums, the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum has an incredible array of original artifacts from the history of flight and space exploration.
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is a manicured, safe, and family-friendly area of an otherwise hardscrabble city.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, is clearly a city that puts heavy emphasis on being “livable,” and so far it seems to be doing a pretty good job of it.
The Virginia State Capitol building, completed in 1788, is the seat of the oldest legislative body in the United States, the Virginia General Assembly.