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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!”…

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…

Scavenger Hunt Sunset

Get Off-Screen and Outdoors With a Scavenger Hunt

For those who read the recent article about escaping COVID screen time and getting outdoors, you saw a list of six or so activities to…

squires lake in Alger

Squires Lake: A Fun Loop Hike With Kids or Pups!

If you’re seeking fresh air and nature’s beauty and you don’t want to go too far – Squires Lake is an ideal hike to explore! …

playing frisbee at the beach

Get Kids Outdoors to Escape Screen Time

This past year was more than enjoyable for many people. Most were fearful of the new COVID-19 illness, while others escaped into the glorious outdoors.…

welcome to cle elum

Spending an Hour in Cle Elum

If you are a Washington resident, or even a newcomer to the state, you know that driving over the Snoqualmie Pass can be treacherous at…

Sweet Mickey's candy shop in Seattle

A Trip to Sweet Mickey’s, Ballard’s Sweetest Shop

Walking inside Sweet Mickey’s retro-styled candy store on Ballard Avenue, I was expecting to learn more about the eternal appeal of crafted sugar in all…

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…

Bi-Zi farms tractor

Celebrate Fall at Bi-Zi Farms Pumpkin Patch

The leaves turning orange and red and the crisp autumn air are all signs that the seasons are changing, but there is nothing that says…

Blueberries held in hand

Visiting Canter-Berry Farms: More Than Just a U-Pick Blueberry Farm

Along a winding country road beneath the shadow of Mt. Rainier lies a blueberry farm fondly known as Canter-Berry Farms. To the unknowing tourist, the…

Gingko petroglyphs

A Day at the Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park

Central Washington is home to a multitude of state parks, each with their own unique features and viewpoints. If you’re looking for a daylong adventure…

Wallaby

Visiting Wallaby Ranch in Fall City

Wallaby Ranch in Fall City is easily one of the most surprisingly outstanding experiences I’ve had on my day trips in Washington state. It’s not…

Point-Ruston-waterfront

Visiting Tacoma’s Point Ruston Way

Point Ruston and the surrounding waterfront have come a long way from a place of mills, boatyards, warehouses and an infamous copper smelting plant. As…

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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…

Spokane River

Riverfront Park Spokane in Washington

Have you visited Riverfront Park in Spokane WA? If you haven’t made it to the Riverfront Park yet, this is a must-see tourist destination in…

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When It Rains- Kid Edition

This guest post was written by Mercedes Benedict. A toddler mom and lover of the outdoors, you can find her and her toddlers adventures at: @maxwellandbeatrix Let’s…

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The Grant County Fair & the Moses Lake Roundup

Written by: Leanna Cushman – @leannacushman If the only thing you know about Grant County is the Gorge Amphitheatre, you may not know about the Grand…

Fun ideas for a day in Seattle with kids

Fun ideas for a day in Seattle with kids

This guest post was written by Terumi Pong from “An Emerald City Life.” Follow her on Instagram. I don’t know about you, but I often find myself…

Worlds Longest Beach Sign Long Beach Wa , Explore Washington State

Camille Takes Us to Long Beach

Hola, my name is Camille. Viewpoints are my ultimate weakness, oddities are my thing, street art/murals give me life and I am firm believer that…

The Brothers Greenhouses Hobbit House

The Brothers Greenhouses

You may have heard of The Brothers Greenhouses before. They have been featured on King 5 Evening, Kitsap Sun, Atlas Obsura, Insider Travel and another…

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A Visit to Eastside Big Tom: Dinner with the Dinosaurs

Travel into prehistoric times and dine among dinosaurs! This diner goes beyond a good burger and gives you an experience of a lifetime.

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!

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!

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!

Mountain landscape behind lakefront

Visiting Stehekin in the Winter

Watch Stehekin come to life during the winter season. Learn all the ins and outs of having the perfect winter visit in Stehekin.

Northwest Glass Quest - Glass Sphere

Northwest Glass Quest 2023

The Northwest Glass Quest of 2023 begins February 17th! Learn all there is to know about this yearly treasure hunt. Are you a Quester?

Inside Arlington Pickers store

The Story of Arlington Pickers

The story of Arlington Pickers is one of family, community, and odd traditions. This storefront is filled with much more than just treasures!

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Top Three Hikes for Kids Along the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River

Located east of North Bend, the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River…

Mohai atrium

Exploring MOHAI: Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry

My daughter and I love to get outside and explore,…

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Exploring Snoqualmie Falls with Kids

I’ve been visiting Snoqualmie Falls since I was a little…

spokane carousel

Exploring Spokane With Kids

Spokane has grown into a kid-friendly city in recent years…

gnome trail

Exploring the Gnome Trail in Maple Valley

The Gnome Trail in Maple Valley is pure tiny human…

Cat Tales Wildlife Center in Spokane

A Trip to Cat Tales Exotic Wildlife Center

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! My mom, sister,…

Cordata Park Bellingham

Spending A Day at Cordata Park

If you are anywhere near Bellingham, Washington, up in the…

playground

Exploring Lynden City Park

What kind of park-goer are you? Are you the kind…

Thorp Mill building and bridge

Visiting the Historic Thorp Mill and Museum

Driving along Interstate-90 through Central Washington yields a myriad of…

Coulee City Community Park playground

A Big Treasure In Coulee City

Crunch, crunch, crunch, swoosh crrr… run, jump, slip and slide…

Campground at Blake Island

Spending A Weekend On Blake Island State Park

Twenty-seven minutes to paradise. That is it. Twenty-seven minutes. Okay,…

Native American artifacts at the Yakima Museum

Visiting Museums in Yakima

Yakima is truly an amazing place. Yes, I grew up…

yakima arboretum

Visiting the Yakima Area Arboretum

As the weather begins to change and spring is upon…