Erin Gifford

I am a Washington, DC-based lifestyle & travel writer. My writing has appeared in USA Today's GoEscape, Chicago Tribune, AFAR.com, CNN.com, The Washington Post, LonelyPlanet.com, Parents, Family Circle, HGTV.com, TravelChannel.com, ArchitecturalDigest.com, AAA Traveler Worldwise, Northern Virginia Magazine, Brides.com and AAA World. I am also a family travel expert and founder of Kidventurous.com, an award-winning travel resource. When not seeking out new adventures, I'm crossing off the next state in my quest to run a half-marathon in all 50 states (so far, I've run in 29 states).

A restless Virginia resident finds sights that evoke the West within driving distance

Like many travel lovers, I’ve had no desire to go anywhere by plane — mask on, eyes darting anxiously from one passenger to the next, ears open for coughs and sneezes. Over the summer, I hiked, biked, kayaked and camped within an hour or two of my home in Virginia’s Loudoun County, an area of rolling hills and green countryside outside D.C. But by September, I ached to untether from my safe space in the suburbs. I fiercely desired a bona fide change of scenery.
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