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Category: Washington state
August 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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

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 North Cascades National Park in a live…

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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

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 on Washington destinations. Ever since, the Washington Tourism Alliance,  an industry-spurred group, has been trying to revive tourism marketing and lure visitors.  Its latest effort, announced Wednesday, is a new call…

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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. Scheduled to open Friday, May 23, are the Stevens Canyon Road, White River Road…

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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="https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/13875231744/in/set-72157642267729715/player/" 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…

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

March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

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

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, according to the official bloom map on www.tulips.com, the website for Mount Vernon-based Washington…

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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)

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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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

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…

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

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