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October 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

$25 (and up) entrance fee proposed for Olympic, other big national parks. Have your say

Be prepared to pay a lot more next year to enjoy major national parks in Washington state and around the country. Following the lead of the National Park Service, both Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are proposing to charge $25 for a seven-day vehicle-entrance pass, up from the current $15, said Olympic spokeswoman…


Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: fee increase, park entrance fees

October 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Get a close (online) look at Hawaii lava flow

With lava oozing toward homes and businesses in a  village on Hawaii’s Big Island, tourists (and islanders) want to see the flow of molten rock. But legally you can’t. For public safety, and for the privacy of those whose buildings are threatened in the village of Pahoa, the land where the lava has flowed is closed…


Comments | More in Hawaii, Kilauea Volcano, lava flow | Topics: Big Island, June 27 lava flow, lava

October 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Crack down on Washington beach driving? Take our poll

The sun had just set below the Pacific Ocean’s indigo horizon. Our Long Beach bonfire was blazing merrily in the windbreak of a drift log, and a glass of cabernet washed down some sticky s’mores rather nicely. It was the kind of moment the local visitor bureau likes people to talk about. Then the peaceful moment…


Comments | More in beaches, Northwest, Outdoors, Scenic drive | Topics: ban beach driving, beach driving, Long Beach

October 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Going to Cannon Beach? Times readers tell you where to eat

I If you’re going to Cannon Beach, Seattle Times readers can steer you to their favorite places to eat in the northern Oregon beach town. I recently wrote about oceanfront places for winter storm-watching in the Pacific Northwest and B.C.,  including Cannon Beach. When I was there I mostly cocooned in my cozy lodgings in the…


Comments | More in Cannon Beach | Topics: Cannon Beach restaurants, reader recommendations, stormwatching

October 22, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Ebola and travel: You’re getting nervous, changing plans, poll shows

Amid all the news about Ebola, Seattle Times readers are getting nervous about travel. More than 600 readers weighed in on NWTraveler’s recent informal poll. –About 42 percent said they were nervous about Ebola and changing their travel plans because of it.  (256 votes) –An almost equal number, 40 percent, said they were nervous about Ebola…


Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola airport screening, Ebola poll, Ebola travel impacts

October 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Mercer Island couple to be honored as wilderness advocates

Lois and Ward Irwin, of Mercer Island, met during a Mountaineers basic climbing course more than 60 years ago and got hooked, first on each other, then on Alaska wilderness, through trips offered by the group in the 1960s. They skied, canoed, camped and fished throughout the Arctic – traveling there for weeks at a…


Comments | Topics: Alaska Wilderness League, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Lois Irwin

October 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Is Ebola affecting your travel? Take our poll

The Ebola outbreak is buffeting travel in the United States and beyond. A man is being monitored for the disease aboard a Carnival cruise; more airline passengers have been warned after flying on a Frontier Airlines plane on which a now Ebola-afflicted nurse flew; some major airports in the U.S. and Europe are screening…


Comments | More in Ebola | Topics: Ebola travel impact, Frontier Airlines, travel bans

October 15, 2014 at 3:27 PM

North Cascades Highway to close for 36 hours next week

Planning a fall drive over Washington’s  scenic North Cascades Highway?   Don’t go on Oct. 21 or Oct. 22 because a 10-mile stretch of the mountainous highway will be closed  for repairs with no detour available. The highway will close from 6 a.m. Tuesday morning (Oct. 21)  through 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 22) from Granite…


Comments | More in Methow Valley, North Cascades Highway | Topics: Highway closure

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