Fun with Kids

Long Beach Kite Museum

World Kite Museum in Long Beach, WA

Kites are a common sight on the beaches of Southwestern Washington. I remember staying at Ocean Shores with family many years ago and being fascinated by the stunt kites being…

birding in olympia

One Hour Birding in Olympia, Washington

When I decided to write a birding feature for Explore Washington State, I wracked my brain about which of my favorite birding locales I would showcase for an hour of…

Snoqualme Falls Lookout

A Day at Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls is a beloved Washington Attraction. Go beyond the lookout and find places to eat, recreation, and more nearby!

Campground at Blake Island

Spending A Weekend On Blake Island State Park

Twenty-seven minutes to paradise. That is it. Twenty-seven minutes. Okay, it’s Blake Island Marine State Park, but to us, it’s a local paradise. Your arrival at the island puts you…

kid hiking

Top Three Hikes for Kids Along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Located east of North Bend, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road accesses dozens of popular hiking trails. Here are three kid-friendly hikes in the river valley. Garfield Ledges Garfield Ledges…

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Exploring Flaming Geyser State Park

Looking for an outdoor activity in Auburn? With interesting geological features, hiking and an ADA-accessible trail, model aircraft flying, picnic and playground areas and a trail for equestrian use, Flaming Geyser…

Mount Si From North Fork on Snoqualmie River

Fly Fishing Within an Hour of Seattle

Just because you live in the city, doesn’t mean you need to give up fly fishing. Here is a list of places to fish within an hour of Seattle!

yakima arboretum

Visiting the Yakima Area Arboretum

As the weather begins to change and spring is upon us, it is finally time to stop being cooped up inside and spend some time in nature. After the extreme…

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Exploring Snoqualmie Falls with Kids

I’ve been visiting Snoqualmie Falls since I was a little girl. It was (and still is) one of my mom’s go-to activities for out-of-town guests. The drive is beautiful and…

kids hiking on a trail on Mt St. Helens

Visiting Mount St. Helens With Kids

Washington State has many amazing, beautiful places to visit, but none are quite as unique as Mount St. Helens. Before its eruption in 1980, Mount St. Helens stood tall and…

Winter sunset, Ocean Shores

Ocean Shores and Beyond

Grays Harbor may be known for the beautiful town of Ocean Shores, but there is so much more to explore in this area!

japanese garden

Family Fun in Olympia

I love Olympia the way we love a quirky aunt or an old t-shirt that’s well-loved but still the reigning favorite. Olympia is a little surprising and a lot weird….