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Red Tricycle Recommends: 10 Awesome Parks & Playgrounds for Kids

Red Tricycle Recommends: 10 Awesome Parks & Playgrounds for Kids

As summer continues to heat up the city, Seattle kids yearn for some park and playground fun.

Seattle’s numerous playground spots serve as excellent places to bask in the sun, to enjoy the summer breeze, and to let your kids out of the house. Not only will your kids get the opportunity to meet and befriend other Seattle youngsters, but they will also be thanking you with yelps of laughter and hugs…

Red Tricycle Recommends: Kite Flying at Carkeek Park

Red Tricycle Recommends: Kite Flying at Carkeek Park

Where to catch some wind in Seattle.

There’s something about flying a kite that catches the attention of children and makes them beam – maybe it’s the idea of flying or just the focused feeling of holding on tight to that kite string and grounding it to the Earth with their little hands. Whatever your child loves about flying a kite, we…

Charming New B&B Says "No" to Doilies

Charming New B&B Says “No” to Doilies

Scary-doll factor is zero at Phinney Ridge's 9 Cranes.

If you’ve spent any time in bed-and-breakfasts, you know that the predominant décor philosophy relies heavily on creepy antique dolls, and mandates that no surface is complete without a doily. But at the new 9 Cranes Inn, the proprietor feels your pain. In response, innkeeper Shelley Goulding has curated her space with a simple, eclectic…

The North Cascades Institute's Learning Center Is for the Birds

The North Cascades Institute’s Learning Center Is for the Birds

Head to the woods and bring your binocs for a weekend of migration and song.

WHERE: The North Cascades Institute’s Learning Center, which offers a plethora of educational and inspiring nature programs amid the mountains, glaciers and rivers of the North Cascades. WHY: To partake in the migration and song: spring birding weekend (6/3–6/5; $215–$455, lodging included; ncascades.org), featuring local avian experts who teach visiting bird enthusiasts about Clark’s nutcrackers,…

Just Add Mud for the Latest Badass Outdoor Sport

Just Add Mud for the Latest Badass Outdoor Sport

The Warrior Dash mixes endurance with obstacle courses and a healthy dose of mud.

Just when you thought cyclocross was the most badass recreational sport to take root in the Northwest, along comes an entire new category of events for the endurance-obsessed, adrenaline-junkie mud lovers among us: obstacle courses. If you’re a distance runner, iron man/woman, triathlete or weekend athlete who loves a challenge (and doesn’t mind getting dirty),…

Warning: May Cause Daydreaming. Our 'Mountain Guide'

Warning: May Cause Daydreaming. Our ‘Mountain Guide’

OK, so you can't actually see the mountains today, but just knowing they're there keeps us grounded

Days like today remind me of how easy it is to take our mountains for granted. Just yesterday, driving across the lake, I got a great big mountain in my eye; Mount Rainier in all its glory, sun glancing off of glaciers, etc. etc. Today, no sign of it…except on the cover of our May…

Three Good Reasons to Go Hiking After Work Tonight--and Two Great Places to Hike

Three Good Reasons to Go Hiking After Work Tonight–and Two Great Places to Hike

Seattle's Soggy Spring Makes Us Desperate to Make The Most of This Rare (Non-Rainy) Day

First reason to hike tonight: It’s not raining! Second reason: Sunset isn’t until 8:25 p.m. And third, after our spring monsoon season, you know you need to move that butt! And there is no denying that the oxygen-rich air you breathe while scampering through the woods is good for your brain. Here are my two…

The Ultimate Guide to Washington’s Mountains: The Name Game

Washington’s got great mountains, and some of the stories about how they got their names are just a

OLYMPIC MOUNTAINSThe Brothers, 6,565 feet; Mount Constance, 7,743 feet; Mount Ellinor, 5,952 feet In the 1850s, during his survey of Northwest mountains for the U.S. Coast Survey, Lieutenant George Davidson found the perfect way to impress his future in-laws when he named several peaks after members of the family of his soon-to-be bride, Ellinor Fauntleroy….

What to Do When Pac NW Animals Attack

What to Do When Pac NW Animals Attack

From grizzly bears to cougars, we have the scoop on what to do when faced by a wild animal.

When Animals AttackWhen an experienced hiker was killed by an aggressive mountain goat last fall on a trail near Hurricane Ridge, it brought home to anyone who appreciates the great outdoors the fact that our abundant geographical blessings come with a sobering dose of reality. The wilderness can be a dangerous place, and while human…

Central Oregon Coast

Now presenting the full ultimate guide to the Central Oregon Coast.

Return to the Ultimate Coast GuideGo here if: family-friendly amenities and attractions are tops on your list. With Newport as the central hub of this central coastal area, you’ll have easy access to such things as the city’s world-class aquarium. Travel time: about five to six hours from Seattle Newport    A world-class aquarium makes this…

Ultimate Coast Guide: Long Beach Peninsula

The full scoop on places to go on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Return to the Ultimate Coast GuideGo here if: you love a dose of history with your beach. Along with the tiny historic settlement of Oysterville, the peninsula is home to the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. Travel time: approximately 3.5 hours from Seattle Soak up some historyThe Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (248 Robert Gray…

Ultimate Coast Guide: Grays Harbor Coast

From Seabrook to Ocean City State Park, the best spots to kick back and relax on the Grays Harbor Co

Return to the Ultimate Coast GuideGo here if: you’re looking for a quick trip to the beach with plenty of amenities—from quirky restaurants to kitschy B&Bs and entertaining festivals. These are among the most accessible of Washington’s beaches. Go for the day, rent a house for a week or spend a quick weekend. Travel time:…

Ultimate Coast Guide: Northern Oregon Coast

As promised, our full coastal destination guide to the North Oregon Coast.

Return to the Ultimate Coast GuideGo here if: you love boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, accommodations and big trappings with your seaside view.Travel time: 4 to 5 hours from Seattle to Ecola State Park (Portland is just 80 miles away)  Make like Lewis and Clark at Ecola State ParkOne of Oregon’s northernmost parks, Ecola State Park…

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