Revisiting the Southeastern U.S.

It had been a number of years since we were in the southeast (excluding Washington, D.C., which we visit every couple years. A return trip was long overdue. This trip covered parts of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia and, of course, D.C. It was bookmarked by two of our favorite cities:

Charleston, South Carolina, where we visited a number of historical sites and took two historic tours, as well as caught up on some of the city’s restaurants.

Washington, D.C., where we revisited a number of the city’s neighborhoods, extraordinary museums and historic sites, took a walking tour and of course, caught up on new restaurants.

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It also included another of our favorites—Asheville, North Carolina, where we explored the city’s amazing art (public and for sale) and music scenes, hiked, and you guessed it—caught up with restaurants.

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It also gave us a chance to spend a little quality hiking time in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park and to visit a number of places we have not been before. These included:

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  • Columbia, South Carolina, for a quick driving tour of some of the city’s highlights;
  • Charlotte, North Carolina (where we stayed and visited friends), and then Winston-Salem and Greensboro (through which we took brief, self-guided, Sunday (when both cities are virtually shut down) tours; and

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  • Appomattox (for the Civil War surrender site), Skyline Caverns (in Front Royal) and Quantico (for the Marine Corps Museum).

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The following posts provide an overview of some of our most interesting experiences.

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