Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest

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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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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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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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Campfire Restrictions in the Northwest – Summer 2016

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Taking a camping trip this weekend?  Pack your gear using our handy Car Camping Checklist and you won’t forget anything, ever. UPDATE: August 20, 2016 Going camping? There are campfire restrictions in place (see details below). In fact, 2016 marks the fourth summer in a row that has seen restriction on campfires in the Northwest, though the restrictions are […]

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Q: Great Camping and Fishing near the Tri-Cities?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: I recently moved to tri cities and love to camp and fish. Are there any forest areas that have good camping within 100 miles? – Terek  Dear Terek, First, only because some readers may not know this, the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland and Pasco) are in Washington’s desert country in the south central […]

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Top Picks from REI’s Biggest Outdoor Gear Sale

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I have to say, it’s quite thoughtful of REI to have their biggest sale of the year just as I’m planning our summer camping trips and figuring out all the gear we need. This isn’t just a clearance sale–many of the deals are new gear products, discounted as much as 30% off. Check out the sale; it ends May 25. […]

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Day Hikes and Cheap Sleeps in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge

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Are you in search of sunshine, open vistas and fields of wildflowers? Don’t wait for summer–find these adventures now on the sunny Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Sunshine and springtime wildflowers draw adventurers to the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. The views open up and you can see for miles. Oak trees […]

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Q: Peak Wildflowers at Mt. Rainier National Park?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: I am trying to decide between Ohanapecosh and Cougar Rock campgrounds for a reservation this summer.  I would like to be able to go view wildflowers towards the end of July. Is Paradise or Sunrise better for that and based on that which campground would you suggest? – Mary S. Dear Mary, At […]

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Autumn Escapes in the Pacific Northwest