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 from the National Park Service show Olympic park visitors numbered 3,085,340 last year, up from 2,824,908 in 2012. The…More
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The Skagit Valley is one of my favorite parts of the world, and I have frequent occasion to drive its back roads. I’m a fan of how they label farm fields with the crop planted there, and now they even have the Talking Fields program, with signs marking farmlands of interest where you can…More
Planning to drive north? Be ready for snow and more snow. A winter storm has blanketed Northwest Washington and the Vancouver, B.C., area with snow, making the drive along Interstate 5 and other roads tricky. Bellingham could get another 3 to 5 inches Monday, and Vancouver, B.C., could get another 7 inches. Get travel updates, and see…More
Monthly through 2014, The Seattle Times is revisiting weekend getaway destinations around the state of Washington, seeking a fresh spin on 12 old favorites.More
The Chelan County town of Leavenworth, with no snow for this weekend’s annual Bavarian Icefest, is “making lemonade” with “our first, and perhaps last, Bavarian Ice Luau,” announced Jessica Robinson of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Temperatures around 50 degrees late this week in the Cascade Mountains town have helped scuttle plans to truck in lots…More
AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:More
The Pacific Northwet’s cold-weather months are museum season. When cold or rain put the chill on your weekend getaway, step inside to a warm world of interest and information. Here are five great little museums worth a stop on a Western Washington road trip:
Suquamish Museum, Suquamish, Kitsap County
This sparkling museum opened in 2012 in the hometown of Chief Seattle, for whom the big city was named. Learn about his people in an easy-to-navigate display that includes a poignant film documenting the tribe’s happy times — old-time salmon bakes — and tragedies, such as tribal children’s forced attendance of English-speaking, military-type schools. See a dress made of woven cedar fibers alongside a championship jacket from the 1984 national Indian Slo-Pitch Tournament. $3-$5. More about the museum here.
World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame, Long Beach, Pacific County
Tour the collection of more than 1,500 kites from 26 countries. They range from colorful butterflies, to fierce faces of Japanese warrior kites, to anMore
Got a wedding to plan, with tons of relatives from out of town? Your turn to host the company convention in Seattle? You might want to avoid mid-June 2015. Or get your hotel reservations in now.
Yes, it’s a year-and-a-half away, but it’s not too soon for this heads up: The huge sucking sound you hear is the U.S. Open golf tournament booking hotel rooms around Puget Sound.
In case you weren’t paying attention, golf’s biggest game is coming toMore
Want to get a glimpse of how Washington’s governors live – and decorate for the holidays?
Head to Olympia on Dec. 4th, 11th or 18th for free tours of the historic Washington State Governor’s Mansion which is decorated for December festivities.
Hour-long tours of the public rooms of the 18,000-square-foot mansion are offered by reservation throughout each of the three December days; phone 360-902-8880 to reserve a spot – act quickly as the tours are very popular. Take note that cameras, backpacks and strollers are not permitted, and everyone 18 and older must present photo ID.
The Georgian-style mansion was built in 1908 and is furnished with antiques. Some furniture was purchased at that time from Seattle’s now-gone Frederick & Nelson department store and still remains, including the table and massive buffet in the elegant State Dining Room.
The mansion is both a private home for the governorMore