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Category: Washington state
November 27, 2014 at 6:31 AM

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

An artist’s rendering of the new San Juan Islands Museum of Art, opening December 5 in Friday Harbor. 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…


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

August 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Chat rewind: Advice, tips on Washington’s national parks

A meadow and “The Mountain.” (Ian Phelps) Want some tips on where to stay,  hike or just enjoy the scenery, and scenic drives,  in Washington’s national parks? Brian Cantwell and Kristin Jackson, the travel and outdoors editors/writers for The Seattle Times, answered reader questions about about Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and


Comments | More in national parks, Reader photos, Washington state | Topics: Mount Rainier Nationa Park, North Cascades National Park, olympic national park

May 28, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Washington opens tourist-information call center

Sightseers line the top of Seattle’s Space Needle: A new tourist-info call center hopes to lure more visitors to the city and state. (Ellen M Banner photo / The Seattle Times, 2012) Budget cuts decimated Washington’s tourism promotion in recent years. The state’s tourism office was closed in 2011, leaving visitors without one-stop shopping for  information…


Comments | More in Tourism industry, Washington state | Topics: Experience WA, Tourism promotion, Washington Tourism Alliance

May 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Paradise Inn opens Wednesday, much more at Rainier open for holiday weekend

Despite the 13 feet of snow remaining in meadows outside, Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier opens for the season Wednesday, and doors and gates will swing wide for Memorial Day weekend at several more public facilities in Mount Rainier National Park. A new booklet documents historic lampshades at Paradise Inn. Scheduled to open Friday, May 23,…


Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, Northwest, Parks, State Route 410, Washington state | Topics: Chinook Pass, mount rainier, mount rainier national park

May 7, 2014 at 4:56 PM

North Cascades Highway reopens just in time for Winthrop festival

[do action=”custom_iframe” url=”” width=”630″ height=”500″ scrolling=””/]Washington highway workers reopened  the North Cascades Highway at noon Thursday for the summer travel season. On  Monday the crews were still 3.5 miles apart, but they delivered on their hope to reopen the highway the day before the annual Winthrop 49er Days festival begins. Washington State Department of Transportation photos…


Comments | Topics: North Cascades, North Cascades Highway, snow plowing

April 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Find serenity among the tulips — or just take a quiet hike

Need peace of mind? Go ponder a perfect tulip bloom. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times) It’s officially tulip time. Washington Bulb Co. has “lit up” the first tulip fields on its bloom map of the Skagit Valley. Eleven fields of daffodils remain in bloom around the valley as well. It might be a good time…


Comments | Topics: Discovery Park, la conner, Skagit Valley

March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

It’s officially spring, and Skagit Valley is officially full of daffodils

Celebrate spring with a visit to Skagit Valley daffodil fields. (archive photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times) Happy first day of spring (which began at 9:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday). If you need a life-affirming outing that will truly convince you it’s spring, head for the Skagit Valley, where daffodil fields are near full bloom,…


Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: bloom map, daffodils, first day of spring

March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

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

Visitors look out from an observation tower atop Mount Constitution in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. (photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) 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…


Comments | Topics: Discover Pass, state parks anniversay, state parks budget

March 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Olympic moves to No. 5 among most-visited national parks

Madison Creek Falls is at the entrance to Olympic National Park near Port Angeles. (photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times) Washington state’s Olympic National Park is No. 5 on a newly issued list of 2013’s most-visited national parks in the United States. The park moved up two notches on the list from the prior year. New statistics…


| Topics: most-visited national parks, mount rainier national park, olympic national park

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