Camping and Outdoors

Q: How to Stay Organized for Spontaneous Camping Trips?

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  Dear TripFinder, Q: Hello!  I want to get into camping more but my work schedule makes it difficult to plan trips in advance. I have your car camping checklist and guide to finding last-minute campgrounds, but I think I need tips for getting out the door in a hurry. A few weeks back we took […]

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DAY TRIP: Hiking in Paradise at Mount Rainier

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Explore the Paradise region of Mt. Rainier on one of these hikes that are bursting with wildflowers right now, plus where to stay if you make it a weekend.   Do you hear a mountain calling your name? It’s the most recognizable icon of Washington state’s landscape. It has three of our state’s best campgrounds […]

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Hold the S’mores! Campfire Restrictions in the Northwest – 2018

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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.   UPDATED July 27 2018 Going camping? It’s dry out there. There are lots of campfire restrictions in place. In fact, 2018 marks the sixth summer in a row that has seen restrictions on campfires in the Northwest. […]

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High Country Hikes: Epic Northwest Trails for Blooms and Views

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The Pacific Northwest isn’t just a mecca for great hiking, but great year-round hiking. Even in the depths of winter when backcountry trails in the Cascades are buried under many feet of snow, there are glorious lowland trails to hike along raging rivers and through mossy green forests. But while some epic hikes can be thoroughly enjoyed year-round […]

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Northwest TripFinder’s Amazon Prime Day Watch List

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When I decided to purchase a massive, palatial Coleman Weathermaster Tent for car camping last summer that would fit our family, our dog, our gear and even a few accompanying cousins, I waited for Amazon Prime Day.  And it paid off! I picked up the tent and a few Coleman cots for around 40% off. […]

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Stay and Play: Mount Baker Farm on Orcas Island

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It’s not too late to plan a summertime visit to Orcas Island!  Dramatic coastline, mountain lakes, pastoral farmland and quaint island villages are calling your name.  And in the middle of it all is a wonderful new place to stay. Presented to our readers by Heather Wallace on behalf of Mt. Baker Farm. There are […]

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Ask TripFinder: Great Camping on the Washington Coast?

Dear TripFinder, Q: Hi there! We’re driving down from BC for a summer camping road trip. We’re shooting for Bogachiel State Park and visiting the Hoh Rainforest on our first night, then we’re were looking for another stop or two between there and Oregon, something along the coast or not far from it. Any suggestions for […]

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How To Choose Your Next Camping Tent

Why go camping? How about because it’s loads of fun? Because you create lifelong memories with people you love over a crackling campfire. Because coffee tastes better outside. Because… s’mores. Because waking up to the sound of birdsong. Because camping will  save you a bunch of money that you don’t shell out for a hotel. […]

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STAY & PLAY: Spring Desert Hikes in Washington’s Canyon Country

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Head to Washington’s desert canyons for colorful blooming wildflowers, musical birds and mild springtime temps. Check out these trails, inns and campgrounds. Both Washington and Oregon have large swaths of desert steppe country on the east side of the Cascades. Colorful in places and intensely stark in others, these canyons and sagelands have lightly-treaded trails […]

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Rainy Day Hikes from Seattle

Are drizzly skies washing away your hiking plans? Some trails are best hiked in the rain! So go ahead and strap on those (waterproof) hiking boots–below are low-lying hiking trails that are glorious when pelted with rain and shrouded in mist.     We happen to live in a glorious temperate rain forest. With the right […]

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