Trip Planner

It’s time for your mini-vacation! Fill your life with adventure every weekend, with our suggestions for low-cost, high-adventure travel right here in your own backyard.

Washington Travel: Yakima Valley

The land of hops is also Washington’s first AVA written by Viki Eierdam WITH NAMES LIKE Grandview, Zillah and Moxie, the first American Viticultural Area in Washington might be better known as the place where the vast majority of hops are grown in the U.S., or the top apple-producing county in the nation. Given its fertile soil, it should come as no surprise that the Yakima Valley is also a winemaker’s paradise and a wine lover’s playground. The charm of the valley is a direct result of the tight-knit communities that dot this high-desert expanse. Three hundred sunny days a…

Trip Planner: Everett

Everett is one of those places—just 45 minutes north of Seattle, this waterfront city of a little more than 100,000 was incorporated in 1893, the same year the Great Northern Railway came to town.

Whale Watching, San Juan Island

Trip Planner: San Juan Islands

The waters surrounding San Juan Island are indeed one of the best spots in the country to see whales in the wild-—especially orcas.