Going to San Francisco for the First Time?

If you’re like me, going to San Francisco for the first time is going to result in love at first sight. While it takes me a little while to find the charms of some cities, I knew the minute I stepped off the BART at Embaracadero in 2012 that I was going to be smitten

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Elissa’s Local Guide to Los Angeles

A third generation Angelino, Elissa is a true-blue local to one of California’s most famous cities. Both of her grandfathers were born and raised in Los Angeles, and her father works as an architect Downtown. She has also had the benefit of moving away four times, to San Diego, Washington DC, Madrid, and Seoul. Because

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Hotel Elysée in New York City

While I was planning my trip from North Carolina to Rhode Island, I decided to make at least one pit stop for the night. I stayed in the lovely Hotel Elysée in New York City, so I could have one more chance to visit Manhattan and meet up with some friends. Built in the 1920s,

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Elissa’s Local Guide to Washington, D.C.

Elissa moved to DC to start her career in international relations after graduating from college in May 2013. While she was physically new to living in the city, she had family there who taught her all the secrets as well as the best places to visit! She left in May 2014 to travel and teach

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A Quick Guide to New York City

I’ve just returned from my umpteenth trip to New York City, but this is actually the first time I’ve gone on my own and had full control over my own itinerary. This made me realize I’ve never really sat down to organize the city in my mind! I’ve always had one or two things that

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