Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

Camping, Hiking and the Great Outdoors

Campfire Bans for September 2017

Taking a camping trip this weekend?  Pack your gear using our handy Car Camping Checklist and you won’t forget anything, ever. UPDATED: September 1, 2017 Going camping? There are campfire restrictions in place. In fact, 2017 marks the fifth summer in a row that has seen restrictions on campfires in the Northwest. It seems it is our new normal. […]

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Five Great Urban Paddle Day Trips in the Pacific Northwest

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One of the greatest assets of living near so much water is getting out into it. In much of the Pacific Northwest, our cities and neighborhoods are literally surrounded by sparkling bodies of water—rivers, small lakes, large lakes and even a big, beautiful saltwater sound. And while all this water is lovely to look at, it’s […]

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Free Admission Days to National Parks in 2017

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On a budget? Then mark your calendars! Our National Parks offer FREE admission days for 2017. Free U.S. National Park Admission Days for 2017 January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 20: Presidents’ Day April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week August 25: National Park Service Birthday September 30: National Public Lands […]

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Amp Your Camp: New Essentials for Modern Camping

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Camping season is almost here! In just a few short weeks, we’ll be sleeping under the stars atop a plateau in the Eastern Washington desert. And then under old growth at Mount Rainier. And then steps from the beach on Whidbey Island… Where will you be camping this year? (and have you made your campground […]

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Q: Oregon Campervan Trip Ideas?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hey there!  My fiancé and I are headed to Oregon to elope in April,  we are renting a camper van! Any recommendations on must sees? I was thinking a mix of woods/coast?   – Nicki Dear Nicki, Congrats on your engagement and uber-cool upcoming honeymoon! What a cool trip, and perfect season to do […]

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Storm Watching Essentials

Any visitor to the Pacific Coast in spring, winter or fall should be prepared for storms. Bring clothes for any weather, especially warm layers and rain gear, and be ready to call it a day and stay indoors if the storm gets severe. But that’s part of the fun, just be sure you’re well-stocked with […]

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Road Trip: Olympic National Park

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One of the nation’s most-visited natural treasures, Olympic National Park is a place of great beauty, mystery and intrigue. Ancient trees stand like giants, tall enough to pierce the sky. Chartreuse moss drapes across the canopy. The forest floor is carpeted in ferns. And at the edge of it all, a beach more wild than […]

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Q: Where to Find Campgrounds with Showers near Mt. Rainier?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: We’re planning to camp this summer at Mt. Rainier to view wildlife and wildflowers. None of the Park’s campsites have showers though. Any campground recommendations close by that offer a chance to get cleaned up each night after a day of hiking? – Beth  Dear Beth, It’s true–most National Park campgrounds have […]

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Ready for Fall? Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

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Welcome to fall! If you ask me, this is the best season for Northwest weekend getaways for a number of reasons. That’s why I’ve written a book on it! Autumn offers unique, colorful and delicious opportunities to explore the Pacific Northwest. Get inspired to spend your fall weekends combing rocky beaches, savoring the harvest, and […]

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Olympic Peninsula Weekend: The Hybrid and the Kabin

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I’m a bit inclined to get stuck in ruts, from the cars I like to drive (old Volvo station wagons), to the campgrounds I prefer (tent sites near wilderness) to the toppings on my pizza (pineapple and hot peppers). And that’s usually okay because really, change is over-rated.   But one kind of change is not over-rated: climate change. Our record-hot […]

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Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest