Ethiopian dishes are just one reason to experience international culture in Silver Spring. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Silver Spring has been named one of 11 destinations within the United States where visitors can experience an international culture without leaving the country.

Expedia.com’s Viewfinder travel blog chose Silver Spring for its “wonderfully walkable city center and the East African influence that brings this place to life.”

The author mentions the area’s extensive public art, including live dance from Princess Mhoon Dance Institute, and local theater performances, along with murals, sculptures and other art.

The article specifically gives a shout-out to sisters Lene and Abeba Tsegaye, owners of Kefa Café, as well as Bete Ethiopian Cuisine and Café.

In addition, the writer notes the number of Africa-focused festivals held in downtown Silver Spring.

The chosen destinations range from large cities such as Miami (for Cuban and Haitian cultures) to little-known places like Washington Island, Wisc., home to about 700 Scandinavian-Americans who are primarily of Icelandic and Danish descent.

The Viewfinder blog features are written by Expedia staff writers who are “expert travelers,” according to the company.

Mike Diegel