Camping and Outdoors

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

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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 gear to […]

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Northwest Bookshelf: Best Hikes with Kids, Western Washington

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You had a baby, shelled out the cash for a primo baby carrier, and have packed all the snacks (and the ten essentials!) Only question left is: where to hike? A completely revised edition of the popular book Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington by hiking expert Susan Elderkin has just hit bookstores, and I was […]

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Free Admission Days to National Parks in 2018

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On a budget?  Our National Parks offer free admission days for 2018. The number of fee-free days has been reduced from ten days to only four days in 2018, so you’ll definitely want these days marked on your calendars! Free U.S. National Park Admission Days for 2018 January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day […]

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Act Now to Stop the National Park Entrance Fee Hike to $70 per Car

ACTION ALERT: This land is your land… but it’ll cost you! Your comments are needed now to stop a 180% increase in the admission fee for National Parks to $70 per vehicle in 2018.  When was the last time you soaked in the majesty of a giant Sitka Spruce in Olympic National Park, or meandered through […]

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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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