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Beyond the cradling mountains and blooming cherry blossoms, past the steadfast evergreens and old Rainier Beer-sponsored summers lie glimpses of yesterday. Washington has been and always will be a changing state, and while this is sometimes a very celebrated aspect of the state, it often serves to destroy the very history and roots that planted…

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mount rainier in winter

Mount Rainier National Park is considered to be one of the snowiest places on Earth, having averaged more than 640 inches of snow per year between 1920 and 2011. In the winter it truly is a winter wonderland. With the seasonal tourists gone, it’s easy to find isolation in the wintertime.  Exploring Rainier in the…

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Aerial view of Tacoma waterfront

Located 33 miles south of Seattle, Tacoma is a dynamic waterfront city whose art museums, outdoor recreation and brewery scene have turned it into a thriving Washington destination. In 2019 the city completed a major transformation — converting its former smelter site into a stunning waterfront park at Dune Peninsula. Tacoma’s waterfront walks alone are…

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Update to post. We have created a list of books about Anderson Island.  If you want to learn more about Anderson Island and you want to help support Explore Washington State you can purchase the books from our bookstore on Bookshop . Org. We will receive a small commission for any books you purchase.  …

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For a while, I lived in a van. When it was time to explore any given place I usually gave myself an unlimited time limit on my adventuring since I lived where I parked. When it came time to hike in Mt. Rainier National Park, and after already doing my fair share of travel up…

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While Washington begins to reopen in some areas, not everyone feels quite ready to be out and about just yet. Here are some fun ideas you can explore from home now, and add to your list to visit in person when the time is right. Harbor WildWatch Gig Harbor’s Harbor WildWatch has new marine life…

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trail

There’s something beautiful about walking in the woods. The weight of life’s stresses seems to fall off your shoulders, brushed off to the ground by a low hanging Douglas fir or western red cedar. The earthy smell of composting soil fills your senses as it rises from the forest floor, swirling in the golden streaks…

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