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Category: Washington state
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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0 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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0 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

February 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Snow, snow, snow in Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C.

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…

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0 Comments | More in road travel, Washington state | Topics: Bellingham, road conditions, snow

January 16, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Snow-light Leavenworth throws a January luau

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…

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0 Comments | More in North Cascades, Northwest, snow sports, Washington state | Topics: Bavarian Icefest, Leavenworth, snow shortage

November 26, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Where are Puget Sounders driving for Thanksgiving? Here’s top 5 list (and when they’re going)

A milepost sign points to destinations around the world from Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, the destination topping the list in an AAA survey of Thanksgiving holiday trips for motorists in Western Washington. (photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

A milepost sign points to destinations around the world from Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland. Portland topped the list in an AAA survey of Thanksgiving holiday destinations for motorists in Western Washington. (photo by Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

AAA of Washington travel counselors report that top destinations for Western Washington motorists this Thanksgiving holiday — in addition to grandmother’s house — are:

  1. Portland
  2. Oregon Coast (including Cannon Beach, Lincoln City)
  3. Victoria, B.C.
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0 Comments | More in highways, Northwest, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: holiday destinations, holiday travel, Leavenworth

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