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February 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Free entrance to national parks this weekend. But where’s winter?

Got the urge to get outside this weekend — and save money? It’s a free-admission weekend at all 405 U.S. national parks Feb. 14-16 in honor of Presidents Day. In Washington state, that means there’s no entrance fee at the biggies such as Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park.  Smaller National Park…


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October 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Go wild and free in national parks and beyond: A list of fee-free days

Go wild and free at national parks, national forests and other federally-managed public lands with 11 fee-free days in 2015. There will be no entrance fee charged on the following days, according to this chart from the U.S. Forest Service:   2015 Free-free Days Dates Event Participating Agency Jan. 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day U.S. Forest Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau…


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September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Get in free to parks and forests — and maybe volunteer — on Saturday

Get in free to Washington’s national parks, state parks and national forest sites this Saturday, Sept. 27, in honor of National Public Lands Day. You can also pitch in and join a work party to help improve public lands, such as at Mount Rainier National Park, where the National Parks Conservation Association will help coordinate…


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March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Happy birthday, state parks: Get in free Wednesday (or buy a pass and help save them)

Help celebrate the 101st birthday of Washington State Parks on Wednesday. Admission to all state parks is free for the day, a nice thing if you can’t afford a Discover Pass, usually required for entry. But here’s another idea. You know how fire departments have made the change to daylight saving time into a “replace the…


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February 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges this weekend

Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge. All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. In Washington, that includes Mount…


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January 23, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Pardon my rant on hotel parking, wi-fi fees and hidden taxes

BANFF NATIONAL PARK,  Alberta — It seems the Rant and Rave column is one of the most popular features in the Sunday paper. So I’ll clearly label this as a little rant — with some useful information thrown in. My rant is about fancy hotels that can’t be satisfied with charging sky-high nightly rates — they…


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October 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Alaska’s baggage, change fees go up Oct. 30

 An Alaska Airlines plane takes off at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline is increasing some fees on Oct. 30. (Alan Berner photo / The Seattle Times)

An Alaska Airlines plane takes off at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline is increasing some fees on Oct. 30. (Alan Berner photo / The Seattle Times)

You’ll soon pay more to check a bag or change a flight on Alaska Airlines .

For tickets purchased on or after Oct. 30, the fee for checking a suitcase will increase to $25 for each of the first two bags (up from $20 per bag) and $75 for the third bag (currently $25). However, elite-level frequent fliers still get free checked bags.

If you change your flight less than 60 days before departure, you’ll have to pay $125. (The current change fee is $75 to $100, except for


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July 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Add up the extra travel fees before you buy


An iceberg floats in the sea near Disko Island, Greenland.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

An iceberg floats in the sea near Disko Island, Greenland.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

I’ve been daydreaming about going to Greenland, of seeing its other-worldly wilderness of icebergs and glaciers before they’re gone (thank you, climate change).

 So I thumbed through an enticing-looking brochure from an expedition-cruise company called Adventure Canada, a family-run business that takes travelers on small-ship cruises to remote northern places such as Canada’s Arctic, Scotland, Greenland and more.

    One cruise, called Greenland & Wild Labrador, looked enticing. The price for the Sept. 5-18 cruise: $3,995 per person (that’s in the cheapest stateroom which is, ahem, a quad with bunk beds; a two-berth room would be a dizzying $6,695 per person). Still, not all that bad for


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