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January 19, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Where to eat, drink, play in Phoenix for Super Bowl XLIX

Seahawks fans headed to Phoenix in the week running up to the Super Bowl will find plenty of places to party — whether they have tickets to the big game or not. Activities are centered in three locales — all less than 20 miles from each other: Downtown Phoenix, tony Scottsdale and Westgate Entertainment District in…


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January 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Recreation prohibited as rock slides block gated North Cascades Highway

If you like to hike, ski or snowshoe the western portion of the gated North Cascades Highway (SR 20) during its winter traffic closure, here’s discouraging news from North Cascades National Park, as of Friday morning: State Route 20 beyond the closed vehicle gate at Ross Dam Trailhead (MP 134) is temporarily closed to foot…


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January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks on Sunday and Monday. In honor of  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this coming Monday, Jan. 19, the usual entrance fee is waived at all national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. The customary entry fee is…


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January 14, 2015 at 4:58 PM

Seattle Museum Month offers half-price admission to hotel guests in February

Guests of participating Seattle hotels in February will get half-price admission to more than 40 local museums as part of the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, sponsored by Visit Seattle, the city’s tourism promotion organization. The offer is valid for guests staying at any of 54 downtown Seattle hotels. Guests must present an official Seattle Museum…


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January 12, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Los Cabos hurricane postscript: More hotel reopenings set, but where are the discounts?

Readers responding to my post-hurricane inspection tour of Los Cabos wanted to know a couple of things: Will the hotel where they have a February reservation really be open by then? Are special discounts being offered to woo travelers back after Hurricane Odile? I heard particular concern from folks with February bookings at the Grand Mayan resort, pictured…


Comments | More in Los Cabos hurricane, Los Cabos hurricane recovery, Trip reports | Topics: Cabo San Lucas hurricane recovery, discounts in Los Cabos, Hurricane Odile

January 11, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Ay, yi, yi, the ways Mexico spends its tourism money

I love visiting Mexico. But having seen a fair share of it, I have a “never ceases to amaze me” view of how the government, in a nation with a good share of poor people, invests money to try to please tourists. I’ve long thought there are more pointless monuments and works of abstruse public…


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January 10, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Have you ever seen a cell tower disguised as a palm tree?

I’ve seen cell towers disguised as flag poles, and even as a church steeple. But until I was driving the Transpeninsular Highway in Los Cabos, Baja Mexico, this week, I’d never seen one disguised as a (really tall) palm tree. So I took a photo of it. I have to say, it looked better than some…


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January 8, 2015 at 5:31 AM

Recovering from Odile: Los Cabos hurricane was toughest on locals

Hurricane Odile wandered around the Pacific a bit before suddenly turning its eye on Los Cabos in mid-September, so few thought to evacuate until it was too late. About 30,000 tourists were trapped in the area, some for days. But the storm was even tougher on many of the locals, who went without power and potable…


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January 7, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Bustling Cabo San Lucas is best bet to avoid Los Cabos hurricane damage

A reader named Joe Durham e-mailed Wednesday morning, worried about an upcoming trip to Los Cabos: “I’ve been following your stories closely on Cabo because a group of six of us are potentially heading down there in early March.  We don’t have hotel reservations yet. “What’s the general vibe? Is anyone even out on the Medano Beach…


Comments | More in Hurricanes, Los Cabos hurricane, Los Cabos hurricane recovery, Trip reports | Topics: Cabo San Lucas, Hurricane Odile, Hurricane Odile recovery

January 6, 2015 at 10:51 PM

Los Cabos is bouncing back from hurricane, but some devastated hotels remain

First, to answer the palm-tree question, with a metaphorical nod to Francis Scott Key: I saw by the dawn’s early light Tuesday that plenty of tropical-green fronds continue to wave over Los Cabos. Hurricane Odile didn’t blow them all to Phoenix. But along the roughly 8- or 9-mile stretch of beach where Odile did her damndest,…


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