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Cat Tales Wildlife Center in Spokane

A Trip to Cat Tales Exotic Wildlife Center

Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY! My mom, sister, her three little girls and I went on an adventure to the Cat Tales Wildlife…

Cashmere Canyons Preserves

Hiking at Cashmere Canyons Preserve

It’s not every day that you get to explore a new hiking trail that just recently opened to the public! That, combined with the promise…

liberty lake trail

Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop Trail

Hiking the Liberty Lake Loop Trail is a magical, zen experience. It is one of my favorite trails to hike. The filtered sunlight in the…

Yellow Aster Butte near Mount Baker

Hiking Yellow Aster Butte in the Mount Baker Area

There are so many amazing hikes in this state that it’s hard to pick one favorite.  I would put hiking Yellow Aster Butte in my…

Baker Lake

Hiking The Baker Lake Trail: Build Your Own Adventure

Looking for a hike that incorporates something for everyone to enjoy? Check out the Baker Lake trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. The Baker…

Columbia Mountain Loop Trail

Hiking Columbia Mountain Loop Trail

For those who have not spent much time in the mountains of Northeast Washington, I believe, they are missing out. The mountains may not contain…

Paterson Lake

Fishing Patterson Lake In Methow Valley

Most Washingtonians have probably heard of the little tourist town called Winthrop, just over the other side of the towering Cascade Mountains. A famous ice…

Happy Creek Loop Trail

Hiking Happy Creek Loop Trail

The North Cascades Highway produces some of the best hiking and sights to see in Washington state, hands down. The towering, snow capped mountains, wildlife,…

Sunflower Days at Maris Farms

Spending Sunflower Days at Maris Farms

The changing of the seasons is upon us, and with the last burst of summer this weekend we decided to head to the nearest dog-friendly…

Washington Midsummer Renissance Faire

Spending a Day at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Do you ever dream of days dressing up and going back to another era? Then this Faire might be for you. This August, the Washington…

View from Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee

Visiting Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee

This summer many are traveling to enjoy the sights of Eastern Washington. Although Leavenworth is a popular destination for families, another great choice is Wenatchee,…

Mystery picnic in Ellensburg

Take A Mystery Picnic In Washington State

Mystery Picnic.  Those two words were just too intriguing. The marketing worked and I stopped scrolling! AmazingCo.me/us is a website full of pre-prepared adventures for…

Manito Park Spokane

Manito Park Arts Festival in Spokane

Manito Park on Spokane’s South Hill is known throughout our community as the crown jewel of Spokane. It boasts five meticulously cultivated gardens, a pond,…

dog and lavender

Amazing Dog-Friendly Lavender Farms in Sequim

Located 20 miles east of Olympic National Park, a visit to Sequim can easily be added to any itinerary without a detour. As we learned…

douglas falls in colville

Hiking Douglas Falls Nature Loop Trail

If you’re looking for a tucked away, easy hike spent in nature amongst thick underbrush, towering trees, a flowing creek and a big waterfall —…

Top 5 Lakes to Paddle in Spokane

Top 5 Lakes To Paddle In North Spokane

2020 is the year to explore close to home, and in the Spokane area we are luckier than most in that there are so many…

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,…

mushrooms

Where to Go Mushroom Hunting Near Me? A Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Mushrooms in Washington State

So You Think You Can Forage? Thinking about “where to go mushroom hunting near me?” As a novice mushroom enthusiast, I’ve just begun to scratch…

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…

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…

view of a Washington ferry on the water against the Seattle skyline

Book A Trip On One Of Washington’s Ferries For The State’s Most Scenic Views

Any first-time visitor to the Pacific Northwest might be surprised…

whale watching in the san juan islands

Wandering Washington’s Whale Trail

As a 90’s kid, Warner Bros’ “Free Willy” was my…

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…

camano glass quest

A Trip to the Great Northwest Glass Quest

Each year in February, Stanwood and Camano Island host an…

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…

Five Historic Places to Eat and Drink in Washington

Beyond the cradling mountains and blooming cherry blossoms, past the…

Wreath making workshop at Duvall Flower and Gifts

Holiday Wreath Making In Duvall

Last weekend I had the pleasure of being invited to…

People drinking beer and watching Ellensburg Winterhop Brewfest online

Attending A Virtual Winterhop Brewfest

In its 17th year, the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce…

poetry used books

Visiting Used Bookstores Near Seattle

What are you up to this weekend? If you are fortunate…

palouse falls by Garrett Hanson

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting “The Shot”

It was nearly a decade ago when social media became…

Pike Place Market fish

6 Vintage Pike Place Market Shops For The Perfect Evening

Pike Place Market in Seattle has been a beloved shopping…

surfer at westport beach

Spending a Day in Westport

There’s nothing like a trip to the Washington coast. Though…

stocker farms pumpkin patch

Visiting Stocker Farms for Fall Days

Once that first leaf falls, everyone knows that it’s pumpkin…

Taking a Ride on the Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail is a 30-mile-long rail trail in Snohomish…

Aerial view of Tacoma waterfront

Spending a Weekend in Tacoma

Located 33 miles south of Seattle, Tacoma is a dynamic…

trees and river landscape

Take a Daytrip to Nine Mile Falls

Only 9 miles northwest of downtown Spokane, lucky visitors will…

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…