When Visiting Harpers Ferry, Be Sure to Hike Maryland Heights

John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia), is often considered to be a defining moment that led to the start of the Civil War.

Brown led an uprising on October 16-18th, 1859 as a means to start an armed slave revolt across the south. Although this attempt can be said to have failed, leading to his execution shortly thereafter, the widely publicized nature of this uprising is often said to have directly influenced events that followed- ultimately leading to the Civil War and the ending of slavery.

Today, Harpers Ferry is a National Historical Park and the history of John Brown's uprising is preserved for all to see. 

But beyond visiting for the history, Harpers Ferry itself is simply a gorgeous town located on the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and is also at the dividing point between three states (Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia). So as much as you should be visiting this one for its history, you'll also want to explore here for the scenery too!

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Get the Most Out of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

I've heard the glories of Skyline Drive at Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, for years. Angie's family would visit as a family vacation more or less every year and she knew the park inside and out. But I had never had the chance to visit this one until only recently.

While I knew a fair bit of what to expect when touring this park, there are a number of things you need to know before you go well beyond bracing yourself for the park's entrance fee ($30 per car during my visit in 2021)!

In this one, I wanted to share a few of my favorite tips to help you get the most out of your visit.

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The Old Oyster Factory Review – A Hilton Head Seafood Staple

On our recent trip to Hilton Head Island, we had several meals on the water but the restaurant with the best combination of great food and beautiful views had to be The Old Oyster Factory.

Although this one sits on the inlet of Broad Creek and not along the ocean, we thought the ambiance and setting was just beautiful. Add in a delicious raw bar, wonderfully executed seafood dishes, and a solid wine list, and you have one of our favorite restaurants on Hilton Head Island.

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5 of the Best Restaurants in Savannah to Check Out

We knew we would be eating good when we visited Savannah, but it wasn't until we really started to explore the best restaurants in Savannah that we started to understand just how good we would be eating.

Southern food? Check. Seafood? Check. Chef-driven creations that make us want to weep with joy? A few of those too.

Savannah is a stellar food city, and we can't help but share a few amazing restaurants we enjoyed in this one.

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