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April 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Free days at Mount Rainier, but still winter in Paradise

America’s national parks will be fee-free on April 19 and April 20, including Mount Rainier National Park. (Washington state parks are fee-free on April 19 and on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day) But don’t go rushing up to Paradise, the visitor area at  5,400 feet on Mount Rainier, expecting to take a hike or…


0 Comments | More in national parks, state parks | Topics: fee-free days, lowland hikes, Mount Baker

April 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Digging out the North Cascades Highway

High up in north-central Washington’s rugged mountains, crews are once again digging out the snow-buried North Cascades Highway. The road is a scenic short cut, through craggy mountains and forests, between Western Washington and the Methow Valley and gives access to high-country hiking. About 40 miles of the highway, also known as State Route 20,  is closed each winter because of  snowfall…


0 Comments | More in North Cascades, North Cascades Highway | Topics: North Cascades Highway opening day, Washington DOT

April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

If you’re looking to book flights between Hawaii’s islands, you’ve got one less airline to choose from. The inter-island carrier go! has stopped all inter-island flights after struggling financially. Its parent company, the Arizona-based Mesa Airlines, is pulling the planes back to the mainland U.S. for code-share flights with United Airlines and US Airways. Go! had operated…


0 Comments | More in airlines, Hawaii | Topics: go! Airlines

April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

They like Sea-Tac Airport, they really do. Sea-Tac has ranked highly in the Skytrax World Airport awards. The Port of Seattle, which runs Sea-Tac, said the airport was voted into the top ten of four Skytrax categories. They are: – Ranked #3  for Best Airport Staff in the world (last year, Sea-Tac  was ranked #1 in that category). -  #4 for…


0 Comments | More in airlines, airports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: Skytrax awards

April 3, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Should boarders be forbidden at ski slope?

The winter-sports season is winding down, but the debate over a Utah ski resort that forbids snowboarders is heating up. A lawsuit against the Alta ski resort has ended up in federal court, with snowboarders saying they’re being discriminated against on public lands (Alta has a permit to use U.S. Forest Service land, like many ski areas). Alta says it has the right,…


0 Comments | More in snow sports | Topics: Alta ski resort, boarders, skiers

April 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM

National-forest recreation pass now sold online

Getting ready to head to the hills as the snow melts? The U.S. Forest Service now sells its one-day recreation pass for Washington and Oregon national forests online   – and a pass is required for parking at many trailheads and Forest Service sites. The National Forest Recreation ePass is being sold online, as of April 1,  through…


0 Comments | More in national forests, recreation pass | Topics: Discover Your Northwest, U.S. Forest Service

March 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Taking stock, and celebrating, Seattle tourism

Visit Seattle, the city’s marketing organization, held its annual meeting Tuesday and highlighted everything from the Seattle Seahawks to international visitors and the release of a new video celebrating the city. The nonprofit group also released its 2014 annual report, emphasizing the economic importance of vacation and business travel to Seattle and King County. Among the…


0 Comments | More in Seattle tourism, Tourism industry | Topics: visit seattle

March 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Cruise line drops Tunisia after Israelis kept on ship

Norwegian Cruise Lines has dropped its port calls to Tunisia after the government of the North African country refused to let Israeli passengers disembark from one of its cruise ships. NCL said on Tuesday that its Mediterranean cruises will not include Tunisia after officials wouldn’t allow the Israelis to get off the ship in the port…


0 Comments | More in Cruises | Topics: Jewish, NCL, Norwegian Cruise Line

March 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Dream of being an aristocrat in flight

I came across a little real-life slice of Downton Abbey recently  when I booked a British Airways flight online. You know how when filling in your name on an airline website it gives the option of designating yourself Mr., Mrs. Miss, Ms, Dr? Well,the British Airways ticketing site goes much, much farther. Among the honorifics I could have selected…


0 Comments | More in airlines | Topics: aristocracy, British Airways, Downton Abbey

March 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Reader poll: Should airlines get tough with carry-on size limits?

Should they or shouldn’t they? United Airlines, like some European airlines, is getting tough on passengers who haul super-sized  carry-on bags onto planes. United passengers whose carry-on exceeds the airline’s size limits may have to check the bag and pay the $25 checked luggage fee. Sure, it means more money for the airlines, but maybe it will stop people lugging monstrous bags…


0 Comments | More in airlines, carry-on | Topics: carry-on rules, United Airlines

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