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snow lake snoqualmie pass

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,…

Wynoochee Lake

Spending A Day In The Beauty Of Wynoochee Lake

Step into the feral beauty of the Olympic Mountains with a day trip to the smooth-as-silk sapphire waters of Wynoochee Lake.  Wynoochee Dam Located on…

Twin Falls

A Hike To Twin Falls

If you want to go chasing waterfalls, but don’t want a hike that is super strenuous, Twin Falls in North Bend is the hike for…

diablo lake overlook

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…

chickadee bird

10 Birds to See Near Your Home

Signs of spring are popping up all across Washington. My home in Olympia has been surrounded by birdsong every morning as our avian neighbors get…

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…

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,…

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…

fireweed flower

Edible Herbs and Wildflowers in Washington State

Washington has a unique abundance of wild foods that grow across the entire state. From the coast to the eastern plains, these rugged lands offer…

lake crescent from mt. storm king

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…

fish and space needle

Fishing In Washington State

We are truly fortunate to live in Washington state, where we are not only surrounded by beautiful land but also beautiful water, which means abundant…

morel mushroom hunting in Washington state

Morel Mushroom Hunting

As spring approaches, the ground begins to warm up and the plants begin to grow — a tasty treat emerges from beneath. Many of you…

Chambers Bay Golf Course

Five Puget Sound Golf Courses: Different Strokes for Different Folks

In a crazy year like the one we all just experienced, collectively we needed to grab hold of anything we could to keep some “normalcy”…

float the yakima river

A Guide to Floating the Yakima River

Attracting many kids and adults with its refreshing and smooth water, floating the Yakima River on a hot summer day is a great activity to…

lake chelan winter

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…

Clam digging in Washington state

Clam Digging Adventures In Washington

One thing unique to Washington and other ocean neighboring states is the abundance of food that doesn’t come processed or from a factory. Washington, in…

wild strawberry blossom berry foraging in Washington

The Basics Of Berry Foraging In Washington State

Washington state has foraging opportunities year-round, but if you’ve got your heart set on picking wild berries, your best bet will be to venture out…

Cutthroat Lake in Washington

Exploring Two Accessible Trails Near The Cascades Highway

Do you like towering mountain peaks? Tight valleys and a road that zigs and zags back and forth? A drive not like many others? Do…

Ocean Shores Weatherwax Trail

Six Easy Grays Harbor Trails To Warm Up Your Winter

The weather outside may be frightful, but outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty in Grays Harbor County that’s delightful. That’s because coast-hugging Grays Harbor escapes the…

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…

Spending a Day on Camano Island

Camano Island is near and dear to my heart. I…

Get Off-Screen and Outdoors With a Scavenger Hunt

For those who read the recent article about escaping COVID…

Cowlitz Falls swimming hole in East Lewis County

Discovering Solitude And Serenity In East Lewis County

Mount Rainier so dominates Northwest geography that worthy nearby locales…

Index, Washington getaway

5 Hideaway Staycations I’m Dreaming Of In Washington

We all need a vacation. Nay, we all deserve a…

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…

playing frisbee at the beach

Get Kids Outdoors to Escape Screen Time

This past year was more than enjoyable for many people.…

Eight Hidden Gems to Discover in Washington National Parks

Here in the Evergreen State, we have a pretty great…

frozen franklin falls in winter

A Winter Hike to Franklin Falls

Resting between the north and south lanes of I-90 lies…

Lake Serene in Washington

How To (Realistically) Complete Your 52-Hike Goal

We’ve all done it; made a lofty New Year’s resolution…

Snowshoeing to Artist Point at Mount Baker

Offering unbelievable mountain views from the parking lot, Artist Point…

Lake Sylvia, Six 'Fido Friendly' Walks in Grays Harbor

Seven Fido-Friendly Walks In Grays Harbor

Baby, it’s cold outside, but you and Fido need some…

backpacking spade lake

Hiking Waptus, Spade, and Venus Lakes

In September, my wife Regan and I had planned a…

Adirondack chairs at quinault lodge

Spending a Weekend at Lake Quinault

“The lake between two rivers”, Lake Quinault is a glacially-carved…

mount rainier in winter

Planning a Winter Trip to Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier National Park is considered to be one of…

palouse falls by Garrett Hanson

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting “The Shot”

It was nearly a decade ago when social media became…

oregon butte hikers

Hiking to Oregon Butte Lookout in the Fall

When you have a window of opportunity, you take the…

golf ball by Catalin Munteanu

Where To Go Golfing in Vancouver, Washington

With autumn leaves falling all around us, the ticking clock…

Explore Washington State Kula Cloth

Gift Guide 2020: Shop Kula Cloth

While 2020 has brought a lot of awful moments for…

cycling on north shore road

Riding the Lake Quinault Bike Loop

Nestled on the Southern end of the Olympic Peninsula is…