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On the Olympic Peninsula, there is rarely beach weather but plenty of coastal intrigue.
Olympic Peninsula Trip Planner
Getting outdoors, braving the rain and, if you can, peering into the state’s clearest skies written by Ryn Pfeuffer Since the early 1900s, the Olympic Peninsula has been a popular destination for outdoor recreation. In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mount Olympus National Monument, which would later become Olympic National
Kayak tours with Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures are a great learning opportunity in Bellingham.
Art and romance (and a lot of beer) written by Ryn Pfeuffer Summer and no-holds-barred fun is in full swing! We crave cold beverages, outdoor patios and as much of the resurgent feeling of community as possible. Add to that a desire for adventures between our rugged coastline and the
The Summit at Snoqualmie, about an hour’s drive from Seattle, accommodates all levels of skiers, plus snow tubing, snowshoeing and Nordic.
Snoqualmie Pass Trip Planner
Winter recreation and hidden dining treasures abound written by Richard Durrance Winter is the season for life along the Snoqualmie Pass. Named for the Snoqualmie people, once one of the area’s most populous tribes in the Puget Sound region, Snoqualmie Pass is still an attraction bolstered by its natural resources.
Mount Rainier, first called Talol, Tacoma or Tahoma by the local Salishan-speaking people, offers premier hiking for fall colors.
Bounty Hiker
Get your fill of Mount Rainier’s world-class fall scenery and local bounty to match written by John Lane Mount Rainier rises 14,010 feet in the Cascade Range of southwestern Washington. For some it is a symbol of a spiritual home and beneficence, for others it’s a challenge whose volcanic peak
Observe the Puget Sound and nearby Whidbey Island from the historic Mukilteo Light Station at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park.
Salish Sea Sanctuaries
Written by Aaron Doyle Mukilteo and Whidbey Island are retreats for body and mind Waterfront redevelopment began in 2014. For modern history buffs, Mukilteo’s waterfront was dotted with ten enormous fuel storage tanks built by the Air Force. Known as the Tank Farm and built in 1950 on 25 acres
King tide waves delight (and terrify) spectators at the Westport Viewing Tower.
Westport: Wet, Wise and Worthy
Let life on the edge in Westport draw you in and shift your perspective Written and photographed by Joni Kabana When I first rolled into the coastal town of Westport, on Grays Harbor, I could not make out the commotion that was happening on the break wall. People were lined
skiing in the Methow Valley, travel abroad
Twelve places in the PNW that transport you to other cultures
written by Kevin Max, illustrations by Allison Bye For those of us with wanderlust, the pandemic greatly curtailed our travel plans, confining us exclusively to local destinations, and only those where it is safe to go. Thankfully, the Pacific Northwest brings with it many amazing proxies for foreign travel. In
Trip Planner — Ellensburg
This Central Washington town has art, beauty and charm to spare written by Michelle Harris Home to Central Washington University and the state’s largest rodeo, Ellensburg has managed to retain its Wild West allure. Late nineteenth century buildings line the city streets. Local ranchers tend to their horses in the
Hood River
Northwest Destination – Hood River
Hood River pairs small-town with lots to do written by Sheila Miller If you could build the perfect town from scratch, it might just be Hood River. On the Columbia River in the heart of the Gorge, Hood River has nearly everything you could want—stunning views of Mount Hood (and
Long Beach, Washington
Trip Planner —The Long Beach Peninsula
written by Lauren Kramer When you imagine quiet walks along a seemingly endless shoreline, sandcastle building with little hands digging next to you, serene, ocean-inspired meals and blissful silence but for the whoosh of the waves, you’re picturing Long Beach Peninsula. This 28-mile tongue of land cradled by the Pacific
Trip Planner—Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park centers on the mountain, but has much to offer written by Ethan Shaw Mount Rainier — also known by the regional indigenous name Tahoma — is not only one of the defining landmarks of the Pacific Northwest, it’s a glacier-clad colossus that’s among the most topographically
Northwest Destination: Missoula, Montana
Missoula is everything water, mountain, music and beer written by Abby Lynes A laid-back college town nestled in the hub of five mountain ranges, Missoula has a little something for everyone. With several big concert venues, art museums, a winding river and hiking trails in its backyard, there’s always something
Northwest Destination — Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park has all the elements for a comprehensive outdoor adventure written by Sheila G. Miller You’ve seen Ansel Adams’ black-and-white photos. It’s time to bring those views to life. Yosemite National Park is one of those must-sees on the long list of the U.S.’s glories. At 1,200 square
Trip Planner— Bellevue, Kirkland and Woodinville
written by Sheila Miller YOU’VE SPENT TIME IN SEATTLE.  You’ve watched them throw the fish, marveled at the view from the top of the Space Needle, maybe even caught a sunny day when the city lights up and everyone’s in short sleeves. Now it’s time to do the surprisingly nearby,
Small-Town Stunner Olympia is on the path to trendiness
written by Naomi Tomky Singing at the bar at Dillinger’s, the upscale cocktail bar built in an old bank building, I asked my bartender, Donny Drake, what Olympia was missing. “Lots and lots of people,” he answered. As the I-5 corridor’s big cities grow up, Olympia has quietly and consistently
Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge wows with wine
written by Kevin Max When it’s too cold for even the hardiest windsurfer or kiteboarder, the Columbia Gorge has a second act—and one far more accessible to most. Take a wool sweater, a raincoat, a small backpack for hikes, and a sense of adventure. The rest will take care of
NW Destination: Southern Oregon Wineries in the Fall
NW Destination: Southern Oregon Wineries in the Fall Head to Oregon’s other wine country for culture, cafés and carafes of wine written by Kevin Max Any way you propel yourself through Southern Oregon—walking, cycling or driving—you can connect the natural and cultural dots that make this region the sketchbook of
Walla Walla Trip Planner
Small Town Roots, Bigtime Wine—Walla Walla is about a lot more than just wine written by Catie Joyce-Bulay I first fell in love with the Pacific Northwest while living in Eugene, Oregon. Even after I returned to my home state back east, the PNW kept calling to me and I
Eritage Resort in the Vineyards of Walla Walla
Spending Some Time At Eritage Resort written by Cara Strickland Nestled into the rolling fields and vineyards of Walla Walla wine country, you’ll find this resort, almost like a mirage. Eritage is the brainchild of Va Piano Vineyards owner and winemaker Justin Wylie, whose vision was to create a place
California Redwoods Northwest Destination
History and therapy among the giant California Redwoods written by Kevin Max The California Redwoods are tree history writ large. The first time you drive through the giant sequoias and walk beneath them brings, at first, a silent shock that recedes to awe—being humbled in the presence of something extraordinary.
Trip Planner: Leavenworth Washington
Welcome to Leavenworth Washington’s quirky Bavarian mountain town written by Corinne Whiting | photos courtesy of Leavenworth Chamber, Icicle TV, Brian Munoz & Dzhan Wiley Craving a European fix (with a twist) in the Pacific Northwest? Leave your passport at home and journey to Leavenworth, Washington where a version of
Mayflower Park Hotel
The Mayflower Park Hotel is a downtown Seattle gem written by Cara Strickland The year 2017 marked ninety years of continuous operation for this downtown Seattle gem. Though the hotel has been refurbished over the years, you’ll still feel like you’re stepping into the past, and the luxurious past at
Washington Travel: Yakima Valley
Three hundred sunny days a year translates to about eighty wineries spread across 17,000 acres of vines in the Yakima Valley AVA and that doesn’t even touch the bounty of fruits and vegetables available at seasonal produce stands.
Lodging: Rosario Resort and Spa
You'll find Rosario right on the water on Orcas, one of Washington’s beautiful San Juan Islands.
Seattle Pinball Museum Has A Vintage Collection
The Settle Pinball Museum is preserving these mostly bygone machines for generations to come.
Washington Travel Spotlight: The Gorge Amphitheatre
Going To a show at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, is all about the music and the views, but it’s also become all about the camping.
Northwest Destination: Bend, Oregon
Bend, Oregon in the springtime is the perfect place to visit.
Travel Washington, Port Townsend
Washington Trip Planner: Port Townsend
Port Townsend is the center for a Washington Renaissance.
Washington Gallery: Treehouse Point in Fall City
Treehouse Point in Fall City is a wild Washington getaway.
Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee
Washington Travel Spotlight: Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee
Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee is a secret enclave of alpine enchantment.
Washington Travel Spotlight: the Wayside Chapel
The Wayside Chapel brings religious respite to traveller's on Washington's Highway 2
Washington Trip Planner: Ballard
Ballard is Seattle's coolest neighborhood and it holds a lot of history.
Washington Trip Planner: Tacoma
Experience Tacoma, the City of Destiny, in 1889's Washington Trip Planner
Warm Up Washington: Hot Tub Boats on Lake Union
Winter in Washington can be windy, rainy and cold—the perfect time to get out on Lake Union, huh? You can do just that in a Hot Tub Boat.
Washington Lodging: Historic Davenport Hotel
When the Historic Davenport Hotel opened in 1914, it was at the cutting edge of luxury, drawing visitors from far and wide for social events and overnight stays (including many celebrities over the years, such as Amelia Earhart, John F. Kennedy, Clark Gable and Babe Ruth).
Sun Valley, Idaho
Three Northwest Nordic Retreats
Snoqualmie Pass, Whistler Blackcomb and Ketchum offer miles of groomed cross-country skiing and views from another world.
mt. schweitzer
Northwest Destination: Schweitzer Mountain Resort and Sandpoint, Idaho
The combination of big mountain and small town makes Sandpoint, Idaho a spectacular place to enjoy a winter weekend getaway.
Adventure in Eco-Paradise: Haida Gwaii
Adventure in Eco-Paradise: Haida Gwaii
The ancient Haida village of K’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans) is the third largest in an archipelago of 150 islands known as Haida Gwaii, off British Columbia’s west coast.
View from the Stone's Throw Bed and Breakfast
Washington Getaway: Tiny Towns Along Route 2
Familiar to winter sports aficionados making a beeline from the Seattle metro area up to the Stevens Pass ski area, Route 2, along part of the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, offers enough scenic wonders and offbeat attractions to warrant a far more leisurely drive during summer or fall.
Longview Nutty Narrows Saving Squirrels
Nutty Narrows: Saving Squirrels in Longview
Nutty Narrows in Longview is on a mission to save squirrel lives.
Spokane Trip Planner
Washington Travel: Spokane
Every time I visit Spokane, I find something new to make it my favorite surprise city in Washington.
Trip Planner: Lake Chelan
Lake Chelan is a Northwest treasure, and the perfect place for a fall Washington wine sojourn.
Historical Astoria
Astoria is an outpost of history that stakes its claim at the momentous merging of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.
Point Roberts: The Place at the End of the Line
Point Roberts is part the of the US but geographically attached to Canada. It's a 5-square-mile "island" with a culture all its own.
Sinking into Island Time
These island getaways are delightful and affordable ways to spend a weekend vacation.
Climbing Mount St. Helens
Climbing Mount St. Helens takes grit and preparation, but it's also an accessible adventure.
Alderbrook Resort
In need of a relaxing getaway that includes scenic surroundings, eagles soaring overhead, water underfoot? Try the Alderbrook Resort.
sailing alaska
Fear and Beauty on the Race to Alaska
In between the starting line in Port Townsend, Washington and the finish in Ketchikan, Alaska were hundreds of miles of unfamiliar waters, extreme tidal exchanges and unpredictable weather.
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.
bend, oregon
Bend, Oregon: The Land of Plenty
Bend is so loved by its locals that they’ve started putting a new bumper sticker on their cars: Bend sucks … don’t move here.
5 Best Washington Small Towns to Unplug
Get away to these five Washington small towns and you’ll be forced to slow and power down, reconnect with the world and hear yourself think.
Sou'wester Lodge
Sou’wester Lodge & Cabins
Sou’wester Lodge & Cabins is where you go to check yourself.
twede's cafe
Twede’s Cafe: “A Damn Fine Cup of Coffee”
Twin Peaks will return after twenty-five years of hiatus, drawing cult followers back to Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, otherwise known as the Double R Diner.
bellingham fairhaven district
Trip Planner: Bellingham’s Fairhaven District
An escape for city slickers and a destination for tourists, Bellingham’s Fairhaven District has been referred to as a hidden little gem worth discovering.
La Conner, Washington
A Weekend in La Conner
Plan a weekend trip to La Conner, a gem in northern Washington that's home to art, rich cultural heritage and fresh, farm to table food.
Hotel Monaco Seattle
Hotel Monaco is a stylish link in a chain of Kimpton hotels, offering perks that range from the essential to the outlandish.
Where Dinosaurs Roam
In 1993, the city of Granger held a series of community meetings to discuss how to attract more visitors to the town, they decided on a new prehistoric theme for Granger—dinosaurs.
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.
Biking in Bellingham
Bellingham’s port and bay give it a coastal vibe, while the mountains are accessible for many backcountry adventurers. There was much more to explore, however, time was short.
Walla Walla: Washington’s Wondrous Wine Town
Welcome to Walla Walla: “The town so nice, they named it twice.”
Trip Planner: Pampered Wilderness
Glamping in Millersylvania State Park with Pampered Wilderness
Trip Planner: Cedar Creek Treehouse
Who doesn't dream of waking up among the clouds in a treehouse built to fit the wildest of imaginations? At Cedar Creek Treehouse, guests spend the night fifty feet above the ground in a 200-year-old Western Red Cedar.
Washington Trip Planner: Copalis Beach
Nothing could be more romantic than a coastal escape at Copalis beach. Explore the Olympic peninsula on this exciting weekend getaway.
The Northwest’s Vibrant Chinese Culture
Experience the vibrant Chinese culture of the Pacific Northwest, with museums, adventures, gardens, and delicious food!
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The Museums of Tacoma
Tacoma may have a reputation as playing second fiddle to Seattle, but it is first rate when it comes to family entertainment.
Seattle Weekend Vacation
We set off for Seattle on a family zoolander itinerary, with great food and animal fun at the top of our list.
free spirit spheres
Not-So-Usual Places to Stay in the Pacific Northwest
It’s no surprise that those in the upper-left are looking for accommodations off the beaten path. We’ve curated six places to sleep in the Pacific Northwest for those who combine wanderlust with a pioneering spirit.
Kayak Adventure in Bellingham
The afternoon sun spiked through a vault of clouds, lighting grays and blues in Bellingham Bay’s waters. Our neon green kayak cut a wake that sparkled.
chihuly glass, seattle
Girls’ Getaway to Seattle
Our Seattle-bound train from Portland arrived at the downtown station to a sea of jerseys, cheers and face paint. It was the Seattle Seahawks’ season opener and their stadium, CenturyLink Field, towers over the adjacent Amtrak King Street Station.
State Capitol Tour
A tour of Oregon and Washington state capitols. Politically speaking, Oregon and Washington have more in common than a shared border.