Hiking

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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CAMP & HIKE: Steamboat Rock State Park

In the heart of Washington’s Grand Coulee desert country is an outdoor lover’s paradise. And your base camp for all of it sits in the middle of an “island” surrounded by your outdoor playground. Rocks and birds. Hikes through desert wildflowers. Fragrant sagebrush whipping in the wind. Sleeping under a big sky of stars. The […]

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Rainy Day Hikes from Seattle

Are spring showers 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 spring rain and shrouded in mist.     We happen to live in a glorious temperate rain forest. With the […]

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STAY & PLAY: Hikes in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge

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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BOOK: 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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Waterfall Weekend: Columbia River Gorge

I know it’s unconventional, but I don’t subscribe to the idea of “summer vacation.” Here’s the deal: my family takes our vacations in small, weekend-sized chunks close to our home base of Seattle. With our energy-filled son in tow, we combine outdoor activities like day hiking with exploring small towns or visiting local wineries. Local, bite-sized […]

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Free Admission Days to National Parks in 2017

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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CAMP & HIKE: Icicle Creek Canyon

No reservations? No problem. Get our FREE GUIDE to Last-Minute Camping in the Pacific Northwest. The Icicle Creek Canyon may be a tad far away to be Seattle’s outdoor playground (five to six hours of drive time, round-trip) but for many Central Puget Sound hikers and rock climbers, it is anyway. Simply put, it’s totally worth […]

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Like a Local: Exploring the Wild Northwest with Ashlee Langholz

Northwest TripFinder’s new Like a Local series explores the Pacific Northwest through the eyes of avid travelers who live here. If you’re on Instagram and you love exploring the peaks and valleys of the Pacific Northwest, you should be following Ashlee Langholz. Then again, seeing as she has over 50,000 scenery-loving followers hanging on to […]

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Gear Closet: Up to 50% at REI

The holidays are so over, as are last year’s models of many outdoor gear items. If you’re like me and don’t mind last year’s leftovers when they come 50% off, head on over to REI.com and check out their January clearance sale. Here are some highlights from the sale. Thanks for reading Northwest TripFinder. See […]

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