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January 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM

$12 Super Bowl Sunday lift tickets at Stevens Pass (don’t wait long)

Don’t have the thousands of dollars to go watch the Super Bowl in Arizona? Then spend $12 — yes, it’s a 12th Man thing — for a ski lift ticket on Super Bowl Sunday at Stevens Pass. Starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, you can go online and try to nab one of the 1,200 available…

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Comments | More in ski areas, skiing, snow sports | Topics: $12 lift tickets, cheap lift tickets, Stevens Pass

January 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Presto, change-o at Rainier’s Paradise, where it can be rainy or sunny, but without much snow

Just to prove what they say about how quickly conditions can change on Mount Rainier, here’s a comparison of what I saw on a drive up to Paradise on Friday, when it was pouring rain up there (right), versus what was showing this sunny Monday afternoon on the park’s webcam (below). What it hasn’t been doing…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks | Topics: Mount Rainier snow, Mount Rainier weather, Paradise snow

January 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Whiskey Bend Road closed by slide in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park‘s 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road, on the east bank of the Elwha River, is closed after the first mile due to a slide and extensive road damage, park officials reported Monday. Heavy rains and high winds earlier this month resulted in a slide that destroyed more than 50 linear feet of the roadbed…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: Elwha River access, Glines Canyon viewpoints, olympic national park

January 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Flashy and diverse new website promotes California tourism

OK, so California has pretty much always been the Cool Kid among U.S. states. Now it’s re-staking that claim with a flashy, colorful new state tourism website, launched this week. If a trip south is in your sights, log on to visitcalifornia.com and get your sunglasses and flip flops ready. The photography and video takes…

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Comments | More in California tourism | Topics: California tourism, California trip planner, California visitor info

January 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Recreation prohibited as rock slides block gated North Cascades Highway

If you like to hike, ski or snowshoe the western portion of the gated North Cascades Highway (SR 20) during its winter traffic closure, here’s discouraging news from North Cascades National Park, as of Friday morning: State Route 20 beyond the closed vehicle gate at Ross Dam Trailhead (MP 134) is temporarily closed to foot…

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Comments | More in North Cascades, North Cascades Highway, North Cascades National Park | Topics: Highway 20 rock slides, North Cascades Highway closure, North Cascades Highway rock slides

January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks on Sunday and Monday. In honor of  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this coming Monday, Jan. 19, the usual entrance fee is waived at all national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. The customary entry fee is…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Northwest, Olympic National Park, Outdoors, Parks, state parks | Topics: free days at parks, National park fee free day, state park free days

January 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Seattle Museum Month offers half-price admission to hotel guests in February

Guests of participating Seattle hotels in February will get half-price admission to more than 40 local museums as part of the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, sponsored by Visit Seattle, the city’s tourism promotion organization. The offer is valid for guests staying at any of 54 downtown Seattle hotels. Guests must present an official Seattle Museum…

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Comments | More in Seattle sightseeing, Seattle tourism, Tips & deals | Topics: Seattle hotel specials, Seattle Museum Month, Seattle travel bonus

January 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Los Cabos hurricane postscript: More hotel reopenings set, but where are the discounts?

Readers responding to my post-hurricane inspection tour of Los Cabos wanted to know a couple of things: Will the hotel where they have a February reservation really be open by then? Are special discounts being offered to woo travelers back after Hurricane Odile? I heard particular concern from folks with February bookings at the Grand Mayan resort, pictured…

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Comments | More in Los Cabos hurricane, Los Cabos hurricane recovery, Trip reports | Topics: Cabo San Lucas hurricane recovery, discounts in Los Cabos, Hurricane Odile

January 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Ay, yi, yi, the ways Mexico spends its tourism money

I love visiting Mexico. But having seen a fair share of it, I have a “never ceases to amaze me” view of how the government, in a nation with a good share of poor people, invests money to try to please tourists. I’ve long thought there are more pointless monuments and works of abstruse public…

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Comments | More in Trip reports | Topics: baja, Mexican tourism, tourist attractions

January 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Have you ever seen a cell tower disguised as a palm tree?

I’ve seen cell towers disguised as flag poles, and even as a church steeple. But until I was driving the Transpeninsular Highway in Los Cabos, Baja Mexico, this week, I’d never seen one disguised as a (really tall) palm tree. So I took a photo of it. I have to say, it looked better than some…

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Comments | More in Los Cabos hurricane, Los Cabos hurricane recovery, Trip reports | Topics: Las Cabos hurricane recovery, Los Cabos hurricane damage

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