Spring Trips

Quick Escape: See the Skagit Tulips

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Why go now: There’s something about rows upon rows of brightly-colored tulips that screams: Goodbye winter, hello spring! The time is now to catch the flower fireworks show that blankets Skagit Valley farmland each April. Festival of flowers: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1-30, 2017. Sprawling fields of technicolor bulbs dot the landscape from Mt. Vernon west […]

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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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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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Weekend Escape: Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast 

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One of the most stunningly scenic coastlines in the Northwest draws travelers to the Sunshine Coast’s sheltered bays fringed with fir-scented forests. Plus, the 100-mile coastline enjoys more sunny days than anywhere else in western British Columbia. The Sunshine Coast is the stretch of British Columbia’s mainland coast to the northwest of Vancouver. Sheltered from the Pacific […]

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Quick Escape: Depoe Bay on the Oregon Coast

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Forget sandy beaches: This wild stretch of the Oregon coast is all about frothy waves crashing into basalt headlands. Depoe Bay straddles Highway 101 along a dramatic stretch of Oregon’s central coast. The larger beach towns of Newport and Lincoln City sit to the south and north, respectively. Perhaps because of its proximity to these more populous […]

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CAMP & HIKE: Moran State Park on Orcas Island

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No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. Orcas Island is a beautiful patchwork of lush farmland, rolling hills and gorgeous coastline–a whole lot like its sister islands in the San Juan archipelago. One thing that undeniably sets it apart from the others, though, is Moran State Park–5,200 acres in […]

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Q: Wine Tasting Trip to the Willamette Valley?

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Dear TripFinder, Q: Hi, We are travelling to Portland Oregon in late June for a 4 day long weekend and are looking to spend some time wine tasting in the Willamette Valley. Any recommendations for restaurants, vineyards or B&B’s in the area? We will have a car. Thanks! -Kathleen from Calgary Dear Kathleen, Yes! A visit […]

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Gear Closet: Camping Gear Springtime Deals

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The best thing about gear companies creating new models every single year? Clearance sales. Here are some screamin’ deals on camping gear right now.  Big Agnes Tent The one big piece of gear our family needs right now is a family-sized tent for car camping. The Big Agnes Mad House 4 Tent has long been one of […]

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Day Hikes and Cheap Sleeps in Washington’s Desert Country

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To many hikers, a “cheap sleep” is their tent. But it’s not a top choice for everyone, all the time. Sometimes after an exhilarating, sweaty hike I want nothing more than a hot shower, a cold beer and a soft bed. You with me? There’s perhaps no better way to experience the natural splendor of […]

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Trip Guide: Tofino on Vancouver Island

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Catch a winter storm or get a head start on summer crowds – both are great reasons for an off-season escape to Tofino on the dramatically wild western edge of Vancouver Island. Well off the beaten path, Tofino sits on a narrow spit that juts into Clayoquot Sound, surrounded on three sides by saltwater and […]

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