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July 2012

Trip Guide: Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula

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It’s not all go-carts and saltwater taffy in this quintessential beach town, though there’s plenty of that to keep beach lovers happy. From cranberries to Lewis and Clark, the region’s cultural heritage is everywhere. And with miles of trails and wild beaches to explore, opportunities to immerse yourself in nature are abundant as well. The […]

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Q: Things to Do Around Sunriver Resort in Oregon?

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Dear TripFinder, A friend of ours couldn’t use their condo in Sunriver, OR next week, so they’ve offered it to us. We’ll be there for three nights–my husband, 13 year old daughter, and myself. We don’t usually do the resort thing, but I’m sure it will be fun, and it looks like a good base […]

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A River Begins: Hike to Metolius Springs

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How do rivers begin? Well, snowmelt from mountaintops gathers into little gullies that form streams. And then those join to feed bigger streams, that then flow into rivers. Right? The mighty Metolius River in Oregon defies this basic geology lesson. It literally springs out of the shadow of a mountain. The mountain is called Black […]

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All Booked Up? Tips for Last Minute Travel and Deals

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We’ve all been there. It’s mid-summer, and you feel like a big loser because everyone else on your block is at the Oregon Coast. Or wine tasting in the Yakima Valley. Or hiking at Mt. Rainier. And you’re… stuck at home because you didn’t plan a summer trip. What’s a procrastinating traveler to do? Here are a […]

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Six Summer Day Trips from Seattle

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Summer is here! Does August give you a mid-summer crisis, too? Six weeks of summer left, and I feel it’s passing way too quickly. It always does here. So I pull out my calendar, and I start scribbling trips in. Here are six sunny day trips from Seattle to squeeze the most out of summer. Mount […]

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For Kids: Beach Scavenger Hunt

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It’s finally summer in the Pacific Northwest! We’ve spent a good deal of time at the beach already this summer, starting with four whole days on the Washington coast in May. For my 3-year year old, that meant building a lot of sand castles. But it also meant plenty of beach hiking, which the little lollygagger wasn’t […]

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Feed the Salmon Babies at the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery

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Plunk! Plunk! In one quick second, two small fistfuls of small brown pellets were hurled into a small pond where dozens of mid-sized brown trout scrambled to snag a tasty morsel. We were in Central Oregon near Camp Sherman on the Metolius River, where we’d stumbled upon an unlikely family-friendly destination–a state-run fish hatchery. Fish hatcheries are longtime residents on […]

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Q: Assigned seats on Amtrak?

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Dear TripFinder, We’re taking Amtrak from Seattle to Portland. My friend will be boarding the train up in Bellingham, and I’ll be getting on the same one in Seattle. Is there any way we can sit together on our trip down to Portland? I’m uncertain about whether specific seats are allotted. Thank you, Marion Dear Marion, […]

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Five Pieces of Camping Equipment You Don’t Need, But Will Love

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You have the perfect tent. And your Dad’s old Coleman stove still works like a charm. What’s next? If you’re an occasional camper, you acquire the basics to keep you warm, dry and fed in the outdoors and you’re good to go. But if you’re ready to take your camping to the next level, there’s a whole […]

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CAMP: Smiling River Campground, Central Oregon

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Location: Metolius River near Camp Sherman, Deschutes National Forest campground website | (541) 549-7700 | Reservations Campground type: national forest  Rates: $16 per night (reduced to $12 off-season) Details: There are 37 sites here for tents, trailers and RVs to 30 feet; no electrical hookups, though. Smiling River is one of five campgrounds set along the beautiful, spring-fed Metolius River. […]

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