Travel & Outdoors

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Close Encounters: Where to go to Get Out of Town

Convenient trips are becoming increasingly popular

Though Americans remain cautious about travel during this time of coronavirus, hitting the road for a quick getaway during the shoulder or off season can mean fewer crowds, lower prices and a more relaxing vacation. While travelers have increasingly delayed international and even longer domestic trips – a survey by Destination Analysts fi nds that Americans…

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Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift of Adventure

Take a flight, rent a van, learn a survival skill

Instead of a material present think about giving an experience. Surveys show more than 60% of consumers want some sort of experiential gift. There’s no shortage of that in the Seattle area, but here are three of our favorites for the adventurer in your family. Kenmore Air Take to the sky on a volcano tour…

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Kauai When it Drizzles

Sometimes the Garden Island needs watering, but that’s OK—there’s no wrong way to experience paradise

Ocean views from the Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort pool

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Chasing Waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula

Tour some of the state’s most scenic falls on a weekend jaunt full of mist, moss and spruced-up photo ops

This article appears in print in the March 2020 issue. Click here to subscribe. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of the restaurants and places mentioned will be closed and/or offering to-go only. Turn this weekender into a day-trip by leaving early, packing your own food, picking a waterfall and staying safe by following health guidelines as recommended by WA-DOH….

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Moscow is an Idaho College Town with a Soul That Shines Through Year-Round

When is the best time to visit the vibrant, Western Idaho town? “Right now” is probably the best answer—whenever you ask it

Moscow, Idaho celebrates its exceptional craft beer scene during Idaho Craft Beer Month in April.

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The Wintry Charms of Park City, Utah, Are Closer Than You Think

Ski season is in full swing this time of year, with slopes usually open until mid-April

SMALL-TOWN FEEL: Main Street’s Western-style facades are lovely, with or without snow

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Whidbey and Camano Islands are Perfect Nearby Scenic Getaways

Drive off the mainland and ease into island time

Sponsored by Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism Located just a few hours north of Seattle are Whidbey and Camano Islands. Easily accessible by bridge or ferry, they provide visitors both a physical and mental makeover from mainland to island, transporting travelers to a slower pace. The islands are simple, yet sophisticated. with a certain rustic…

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Explore Walla Walla, the Town That Wine Built

Plus: The Tri-Cities wineries just west of there

A taste of Va Piano Vineyards

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Must-Visit Stops in Skagit Valley

This agricultural wonderland just north of Seattle is dotted with delightful small towns to add to your trip list

ALL RISE: Fresh baked loaves from Breadfarm

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Charming Small Towns Along the Palouse Scenic Byway

Explore beyond the rolling hills, from Moscow, Idaho, to the Lewis-Clark Valley

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at WSU aka “Crimson Cube”

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An Oasis Awaits in Bend

Huntington Lodge elevates travel in Oregon’s high-desert brewery town

Take in sunset views

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Alaska Is a Winter Wonderland

If you're looking for a trip that takes you far outside your comfort zone, head north—far north

THIN ICE: Absorb the splendor of Exit Glacier and its counterparts before they disappear

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