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December 17, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Take our poll: Should all travel to Cuba be opened up?

There’s a shakeup in the travel world, as President Obama has announced an easing of restrictions on travel to Cuba, part of a general thawing of relations with the island nation. But while the thawing of relations announced Wednesday will allow for family visits, official U.S. government business and educational activities, changes notably do not…

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Comments | More in Tourism industry | Topics: Americans visiting Cuba, Cuba tourism, Cuba travel

December 12, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Flying for the holidays? Don’t miss these survival tips for Sea-Tac Airport

Here’s a roundup from the Port of Seattle of useful information and tips to help travelers navigate Seattle-Tacoma International Airport during the holiday rush: BUSIEST TRAVEL DAYS Listed in order of passenger volume, the projected busiest days will be: Friday, Dec. 19 (110,400 passengers going through the airport) Monday, Dec. 22 (108,100, tie with Tuesday) Tuesday, Dec. 23 (108,100,…

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Comments | More in airports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: airport tips, holiday travel, Sea-Tac holiday tips

November 27, 2014 at 6:31 AM

San Juans welcome holidays with new art museum (and bright lights)

Need a pre-Christmas getaway to rest up after a big Thanksgiving family gathering? The San Juan Islands have a full slate of holiday events, with an added cultural bonus: opening of a shiny new art museum in Friday Harbor next week. Friday, Dec. 5, the dramatically renovated new San Juan Islands Museum of Art opens…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: friday harbor holidays, holiday events, san juan islands

November 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

At a glance: Ski areas open Thanksgiving weekend

Are slopes opening for the holiday weekend? Here’s what’s been announced as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. Click on the links for latest updates. WASHINGTON Summit at Snoqualmie: No Crystal Mountain: No Stevens Pass: No White Pass: No Mount Baker: Yes, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, and maybe on weekend Mission Ridge: Chair 1 open with manmade snow,…

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Comments | More in Northwest, ski areas | Topics: Northwest ski areas, thanksgiving skiing, what ski areas are open

November 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dramatic photos of rampaging waters at Mount Rainier; park reopens Wednesday

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, Nov. 26: Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance reopened at 8 a.m. Wednesday after Tuesday’s closure and evacuation of the park’s west side due to flooding. A logjam just above the Kautz Creek culverts on the Nisqually Road, between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire, caused the creek to overflow onto the road Tuesday. A park…

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Comments | Topics: flooding, mount rainier closure, Mount Rainier flooding

November 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Here’s a new list of 10 best and worst airports in America

Love an airport? Hate an airport? See if you agree with Condé Nast Traveler’s new list of “The 10 Best & 10 Worst Airports in America,” as selected by more than 77,000 readers in the magazine’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards. Some of the busiest airports, not surprisingly, made the “worst” list. The “best” list includes one…

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Comments | More in airports | Topics: best airport in America, best airports, PDX

November 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

New Warren Miller ski film this weekend in Seattle

Need inspiration for the slopes? Not only do the region’s ski areas have their first opening day this Saturday, the annual Warren Miller Entertainment ski film for 2014, “No Turning Back,” screens Friday and Saturday at Seattle’s McCaw Hall. Warren Miller’s annual films are known for sharp cinematography and black-diamond thrills around the world. This year’s…

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Comments | More in skiing, snow sports | Topics: ski film, Warren Miller, Warren Miller ski film

November 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Webcams say it all: Pray for snow, skiers and boarders

Hoping for a Thanksgiving Day outing to your favorite ski hill in the Washington Cascades? Um, you might want to have a Plan B. With a week to go, here are webcam photos from around the region: The good news: Mission Ridge ski area, near Wenatchee, is opening this Saturday and Sunday thanks to snow-making…

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Comments | More in skiing, snow sports | Topics: Alpental, crystal mountain, Stevens Pass

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