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September 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

5th graders ski for free this winter at Stevens Pass

Got a 5th grader in the family? He or she can ski or snowboard for free this winter. Keeping kids involved and interested in outdoor sports can be a challenge, but it’s a lot easier with programs such as this at Stevens Pass ski area. Through a partnership between the ski area and Carter Subaru, any 5th…

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September 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Alaska allows flight changes to more Mexico resorts due to hurricane

Alaska Airlines, one of the major carriers to the Mexican resort of Los Cabos from Seattle and California cities,  has extended the no-penalty period for canceling or changing flights through Sept. 19 because of the hurricane that has devastated the area. It’s also dropped the change/cancellation fess for other western Mexico resort cities that will…

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September 10, 2014 at 1:56 PM

‘Passport Day’ coming up in Seattle for in-person applications

Need to get a passport? The Seattle Passport Agency is holding a “Passport Day” on Sept. 20, which lets people apply in person for passports rather than doing it online and by mail. You can submit a routine or expedited (faster processing for an extra fee) passport application from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the downtown…

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September 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Send your best vacation shots for reader-photo contest

Dig through your summer photos and submit your favorite for The Seattle Times’ vacation-photo contest. It can be a scenic shot or family fun, close to home or in far-off places. Submissions are being published online, and some of the best will be published in print in the NWTraveler section on Sept. 28. Prize for the best…

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September 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Happy ending for lost, but well-prepared, Olympic park hiker

To the relief of family, friends and searchers, solo hiker Kelly Hall emerged Monday at a trailhead in Olympic National Park, four days later than planned from his wilderness backpacking trip. He had been reported missing and a search was launched for him. Luckily, Hall was  well-prepared to endure extra days in the wilderness and is…

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September 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Remembering summer: Join our vacation-photo contest

The photos are rolling in for NWTraveler’s summer-vacation photo contest.  There’s everything from staycation photos of Seattle’s Big Wheel to photos from Times readers’ trips to Europe and other far-away places. And yes, there are pix of cute children and cute dogs. We’ll publish the best of the reader photos  in print later this month, and…

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September 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Zac and Sam get free marriage in Seattle as city woos LGBT visitors

Seattle wants more LGBT visitors, and to help entice them it’s launched a “Marry Me in Seattle” program and  sweepstakes to highlight the city’s welcoming culture — and marriage equality. ‘ The first winners — there’s one all-expenses-paid wedding a month from September through December — got married on Wednesday. Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle’s first openly…

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Comments | More in LGBT tourism, marriage equality, Seattle wedding sweepstakes | Topics: same-sex marriage, visit seattle, Zac and Sam

September 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Wilderness Act: No fee, films,walks and more at Olympic Nat’l Park

Fifty years ago, the federal Wilderness Act was signed and now protects about 150 million acres of American wild lands, including within national parks and national forests. To celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary, Washington’s Olympic National Park will waive park admission fees on Saturday, Sept. 6, and host celebrations that weekend, from guided hikes to panel discussions…

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