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Pat’s vs. Geno’s: A Philly Cheesesteak Taste Test

I’ve been talking about doing a Philadelphia Cheesesteak Taste Test for years. Living right outside of Washington, DC (a mere 2 1/2 hours away) it should have been an easy weekend activity to do. But year after year has gone by, and no Philly cheesesteaks. Until now! As part of October’s Local Travel Month, this […]

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October is Local Travel Month!

Today I hereby proclaim that October is “Local Travel Month” here at Packed Suitcase. For the entire month of October, I will be answering the question “Why Travel Local?” by traveling to places within a few hours driving from my hometown. I’ll share my experiences along the way while providing local-travel ideas and philosophy in […]

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Snapshot of the Week: DC’s National Archives

The Consitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights… Many people come to visit DC’s National Archives to see some of the United States’ most valuable documents. But outside the massive building (on the less-traversed back side) are two gigantic statues that yield a surprisingly profound message for passerbys and researchers en route to […]

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Roadtrip: DC to Fallingwater

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 was “organic architecture”… decades before […]

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