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Why You Should Try Fly Fishing in Montana Even if You're an Indoorsy Person

Why You Should Try Fly Fishing in Montana Even if You’re an Indoorsy Person

Hunker down at one of Montana's many lakes and rivers then head to Billings for brews and fun

Sponsored by Visit Billings It’s summer so it’s high time to unwind and experience all the great outdoors has to offer. One of nature’s most relaxing activities is fly fishing. (Author Izaak Walton once referred to the sport as “the contemplative man’s recreation.”) One of the best states in which to cast a line is…

6 Things Washington State Parks are Good for Besides Hiking

6 Things Washington State Parks are Good for Besides Hiking

Get outside and get creative with these six ideas that go beyond the usual suspects

Sponsored by Washington State Parks There are hundreds of Washington State Parks–in all sorts of sizes (e.g. Posey Island State Park in San Juan County is a mere one acre) and with all sorts of attractions (think flaming methane geysers or tours of limestone formations). And while camping and hiking are perhaps two of the…

Flying High: The Best Washington Zip Lines

Flying High: The Best Washington Zip Lines

The best zip line tours in Western Washington

Maybe it’s the promise of being airborne and getting a bird’s-eye view of forest canopies, park flora and fauna—or perhaps it’s a nod to our ever-shortening attention spans—but either way, zip lines are the thrill ride du jour, so get zooming. Tacoma Trips Zoom Deep Forest Ziplines, Point Defiance Park; pdza.org/zoomZip stats: Two sets of…

How to Experience Tofino on Vancouver Island, B.C., Like a Queen

How to Experience Tofino on Vancouver Island, B.C., Like a Queen

Our digital editor's whirlwind expedition to one of Canada's most idyllic villages

“Have you traveled or been in contact with anyone who has visited Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea in the past 21 days?” The question startled me. I hadn’t been outside the U.S. since the Ebola crisis began so I hadn’t expected anything but routine inquiries: “Why are you visiting Canada?” “Do you have anything to…

The Best Places to Camp in the Northwest

The Best Places to Camp in the Northwest

From deluxe tents in a vineyard to charming cabins on a lake, we’ve got camping spots for everyone

It’s the perfect time to make camp. From tepees in a vineyard and charming cabins on a lake to pup tents in meadows under star-crammed skies, here you’ll find camping spots for all levels of motivation, experience and outdoor passion. Read on. Lake LifePlunge into the serene outdoors at Ross Lake in North Cascades National…

Kick Off Spring with These 4 Local Flower Fests

Kick Off Spring with These 4 Local Flower Fests

Flowers, flowers everywhere!

Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes a burning desire to get outside. If you’ve been bottled up through the long winter months, you’re likely looking for any excuse to spend your days off exploring Seattle’s many outdoor activities. You can pack a lunch and have a picnic in the park, but…

The Best Places to Visit Along the Northwest Coast

The Best Places to Visit Along the Northwest Coast

It's not too late for a summer adventure. Let's hit the road

From the rugged and wild tip of Cape Flattery, Washington, to the undulating dunes of Bandon, Oregon, the Northwest coastline has lured wanderers for centuries—some of them straight into the rocks (one reason this stretch is dotted by dozens of picturesque lighthouses). The danger for today’s vacationer, who most often arrives by land, is making…

Best Northwest Hikes and Walks

Best Northwest Hikes and Walks

Find serenity, soaring views—and a sweet workout—on these 20 spectacular trails.

A sweeping glacial vista on a bluebird afternoon…an ancient rain forest, trees dripping with moss…the fecund scent of a deep mountain meadow…come July, our hearts yearn for the sweet sylvan dream that is Northwest hiking. Like nowhere else in the world, here, a short drive and an adventurous spirit are all it takes to transport…

The Best Hotel Bars in Seattle

The Best Hotel Bars in Seattle

As travelers swarm the city for summer fun, locals can play tourist year-round

Stoneburner at Hotel Ballard With bar manager Erik Carlson steering a stellar cocktail menu and sommelier Dawn Smith carefully cultivating a wine list that includes dozens by the glass, this is a good place to drink. And the eating is fine, too. Guests are spoiled by chef Jason Stoneburner’s menu, which features local ingredients (some…

Updated! Epic Summer Meals Worth Traveling For

Updated! Epic Summer Meals Worth Traveling For

!–paging_filter–pSummer’s a time for soaking it all in, eating every single thing at its absolute peak freshness, staying out late to watch the sun set after nine, the air still warm, cold drink in hand. To help you max out your summer supper plans, I’ve rounded up four special dinners that caught my eye. They’re…

Best Alpine Lake Hikes

Best Alpine Lake Hikes

Three lovely hikes that offer stunning vistas and refreshing rewards at the end of the trail.

The 7-mile hike to Lake Serene repays you with a roaring waterfall, boardwalks and this pristine vista

Best Hikes with Views

Best Hikes with Views

Sweeping coastal and mountain views offer big payoffs on these hikes and walks.

Mount ConstitutionOrcas Island Difficulty: Moderate to difficult; 6.7 miles round-trip, 1,490-foot elevation gain. Or easy; a scant eighth-mile from parking lot to tower Location: In the San Juan Islands, about three hours from Seattle, via Interstate 5 and the ferry from Anacortes. Nearest town: Eastsound, about 20 minutes from the top. Discover Pass required; parks.wa.gov …

Best Hikes into Old Growth Forest

Best Hikes into Old Growth Forest

Grove of the PatriarchsMount Rainier Difficulty: Easy; 1.5 miles round-trip, 50-foot elevation gain Location: About a two-hour drive from Seattle, on the southeast side of Mount Rainier National Park, via Enumclaw. Nearest town: Packwood, 14 miles. $15 park entrance fee; dogs prohibited; nps.gov  If you like your trees old—really old—this easy one-and-a-half-mile lollipop loop is a…

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