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Road Trip: Olympic National Park

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 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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GO: Carbon River Rain Forest at Mt. Rainier

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This guest post is by Kim Brown, photographer and naturalist. See more of her great finds at exploringpacnw.net. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – […]

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Trip Guide: John Day Fossil Beds

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Got cabin fever? This sunny Central Oregon treasure is the perfect off-season escape for hikers and rockhounds. At first glance, you see a stunning landscape with multicolored badlands and eroded pinnacles. And you think, this looks like Utah, or maybe even another planet. But it’s right here in the Pacific Northwest. The John Day River […]

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Cozy Camping: Reboot Your Campsite for Fall and Winter

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PSST…. GET OUR PREMIER GUIDE TO FALL TRAVEL – AUTUMN ESCAPES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. GET INSPIRED TO SPEND YOUR FALL WEEKENDS COMBING ROCKY BEACHES, SAVORING THE HARVEST, AND HIKING SCENIC MOUNTAIN TRAILS OF WASHINGTON AND OREGON. GET IT HERE.   The best thing about autumn? Just being outside. Sweaters against cool air, the faint smell of woodsmoke, wild […]

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