Blake Snow

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For great U.S. architecture, focus on these three big cities

Courtesy Chicago Tourism

As the third largest country in the world, the United States is roughly 2,600 miles wide by 1,500 miles tall. And unlike larger or comparably-sized countries such as Russia, Canada, China, and Brazil, the U.S. is known for being more culturally and geographically diverse.

While that size and variety result in a top-rated place to see and experience a lot of new things, there is a downside—particularly when it comes to seeing and visiting the nation’s greatest buildings and architectural feats. With so much to see on such a large canvas, it might seem overwhelming.

For those interested in skyscrapers, big monuments, and remarkable structures, however, I’ve got good news. A large portion of America’s most iconic buildings can be found in three of its greatest cities. To see many of the best in as little time as possible, take the following approach.  Continue reading…

Cultural contradictions: 10 things I learned after visiting Japan

Courtesy Blake Snow

After writing a story for USA Today (plus slideshow), I had a hard time shaking Japan from my memory. In fact, not since South Africa has a country changed my perspective as much.

In truth, Japan is the most foreign place I’ve ever visited. I mean that in a largely positive, often disorienting, and sometimes frustrating way. Looking back, here’s what I learned most:  Continue reading…