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Seven Day Hikes Within Two Hours of Seattle

With so many trail options available to the greater Seattle area, it can be tough to choose one. Whether you’re visiting Seattle, new to hiking,…

sculptures in Walla Walla

An Overnight Stay in Walla Walla

Have you ever visited a city for the first time and instantly fell in love? That’s how I felt when visiting Walla Walla for the…

Thorp Mill building and bridge

Visiting the Historic Thorp Mill and Museum

Driving along Interstate-90 through Central Washington yields a myriad of picturesque views. From the barns with unique quilted emblems, to the groves of trees and…

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Visiting Diablo Lake in the North Cascades

For pristine wildlife and scenery, it doesn’t get much better than the divine views of Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park. North Cascades National…

Little Twin Lakes near Colville

A Weekend At Little Twin Lakes

Tucked up in the Northeastern part of the state, roughly 18 miles east of Colville is a little set of lakes accompanied by a campground…

Skagit River walk in Mount Vernon

A Day in Mount Vernon

Every year the Skagit Valley attracts swarms of Washingtonians who celebrate the coming of spring by visiting the annual tulip festival. Many pass through the…

Uplands trail in Yakima

Spending a Weekend in Yakima

From the winding Yakima River Canyon to hilltop hop fields, vineyards and hiking trails, the Yakima Valley is a sweet escape for Washington sun-seekers. My…

Coulee City Community Park playground

A Big Treasure In Coulee City

Crunch, crunch, crunch, swoosh crrr… run, jump, slip and slide down the twisty, turny, steep green slide — hoping not to shoot off the edge.…

Campground at Blake Island

Spending A Weekend On Blake Island

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…

Lopez Island

Spending A Weekend On Lopez Island

If you’re looking for a quiet weekend getaway with gorgeous waterfront views, rolling farmlands and forested trails, Lopez Island is the place for you. Lopez…

Spending a Day at Guemes Island

Located across Guemes Channel from the city of Anacortes, Guemes Island is a relaxing place to get away for the day or weekend. A quieter,…

A Visit to Tulip Town

Spring has sprung and tulips are once again blossoming in the Skagit Valley, thus drawing in visitors ranging from families enjoying a day out together…

little bear cabin

Five Amazing Dog-Friendly Cabins in Washington

After a busy work week, we love going into the mountains to recharge. The best part about living in Seattle is that there are plenty…

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Conquering Mount Storm King

Mount Storm King in the Port Angeles area of Olympic National Park boasts one of the most incredible views in Washington. Climbing 2,000 feet above…

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A Perfect Spring Getaway in Leavenworth

If you are a long-time Washington resident or a new visitor just passing through, you know the appeal of taking the time to spend a…

garden in Woodinville

Spending a Day in Downtown Woodinville

Nestled in the lush Sammamish River Valley just 25 minutes outside of Seattle, Woodinville is full of surprises and attractions for any visitor. Whether you’re…

Lime Kiln Lighthouse in San Juan Island, Washington

Spending a Weekend on San Juan Island

San Juan Island sits in the northwest corner of Washington state, just across the water from Canada. Located three hours north of Seattle by car…

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Seeking Winter Sunshine at Lake Chelan

“300 days of sunshine” is a promise worth traveling for — especially in the winter. So after spending much of the season in hibernation, my…

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…

whale watching in the san juan islands

Wandering Washington’s Whale Trail

As a 90’s kid, Warner Bros’ “Free Willy” was my introduction to Orcas. I imagined myself as Jesse, fist high in the air screaming “Yeah!”…

Spending a Day in La Conner

La Conner is an artsy waterfront community located on the…

Exploring The Palouse

When people not from the area think of the Palouse,…

Spending a Day on Whidbey Island

It was late Friday evening when my wife Johanna and…

Exploring Washington State from Home: Activities You Can Do Right Now

Exploring looks and feels different these days. We’re getting used…

Cedar Mill

Visiting Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Take a drive, away from the noise of the city…

Visiting Wallaby Ranch in Fall City

Wallaby Ranch in Fall City is easily one of the…

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Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Springtime in Washington means an abundance of blooms. Daffodils and…

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Visiting Tacoma’s Brewery District

With spring rapidly approaching and sunny weekends right around the…

Spending a Day in Downtown Camas

Being new to Washington state, my family and I are…

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Spending a Day in Mount Vernon

Established in 1889, Mount Vernon is a small city located…

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Spending a Weekend in Ellensburg

Ellensburg, Washington, is just a two-hour drive from Seattle and…

Dining in Igloos in Spokane

It’s Friday, and you and your friends are looking for…

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Visiting Tacoma’s Point Ruston

Point Ruston and the surrounding waterfront have come a long…

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Spending a Weekend at Lake Chelan

Looking for a destination that has it all? Look no…

Discovery Park Beach

Exploring Discovery Park in Seattle

Hey there, Explore Washington State reader! Hilary and Roscoe here.…

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Spending a Day in Steilacoom Washington

To say that the town of Steilacoom has historical value…

Spending a Weekend in Sequim

Sequim is a vibrant small town located along the Olympic…

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Visiting Vinny’s Bakery, Café & Bistro in Pasco

Driving into downtown Pasco, across the iconic beams of the…

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Exploring Flaming Geyser State Park

Looking for an outdoor activity in Auburn? With interesting geological features,…

Spending a Weekend in Fairhaven

Fairhaven is perhaps the most charming place in Bellingham. Perched…