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Travel news, consumer advice and trip reports for the Northwest and beyond.

September 8, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Remembering summer: Join our vacation-photo contest

The photos are rolling in for NWTraveler’s summer-vacation photo contest.  There’s everything from staycation photos of Seattle’s Big Wheel to photos from Times readers’ trips to Europe and other far-away places. And yes, there are pix of cute children and cute dogs. We’ll publish the best of the reader photos  in print later this month, and…

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September 4, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Zac and Sam get free marriage in Seattle as city woos LGBT visitors

Seattle wants more LGBT visitors, and to help entice them it’s launched a “Marry Me in Seattle” program and  sweepstakes to highlight the city’s welcoming culture — and marriage equality. ‘ The first winners — there’s one all-expenses-paid wedding a month from September through December — got married on Wednesday. Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle’s first openly…

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September 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Wilderness Act: No fee, films,walks and more at Olympic Nat’l Park

Fifty years ago, the federal Wilderness Act was signed and now protects about 150 million acres of American wild lands, including within national parks and national forests. To celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary, Washington’s Olympic National Park will waive park admission fees on Saturday, Sept. 6, and host celebrations that weekend, from guided hikes to panel discussions…

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August 29, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Flash-flood worries close campground near Leavenworth, while campfire restrictions eased

On the brink of the Labor Day weekend, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed the popular Tumwater Campground, off Highway 2 nine miles northwest of Leavenworth, because of predicted rains and the potential for flash floods this weekend. The closure was effective as of noon Friday. The campground will remain closed for the season. The campground…

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Comments | Topics: Chiwaukum Creek fire, Labor Day weekend, Leavenworth camping

August 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The Methow Valley is open for business this holiday weekend

“It’s really been an unbelievable summer,” sighed Kristen Smith, marketing manager at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce. But the wildfires are out and flash floods have subsided (both were well away from Winthrop) and one of the best things Washingtonians can do to help the Methow Valley is to come visit and restore the local…

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August 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Cascade River Road work delayed, so head for the hills

If you had canceled your annual fall hike to North Cascades National Park’s Cascade Pass because of the pending closure of the Cascade River Road, go ahead and make plans after all. The national park announced Wednesday that a major repair that would have meant a long closure this fall of the road’s last three miles…

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August 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The airline reclining seat battle: And the winner is …

You the people have spoken in our completely unscientific poll about the right to recline, or not to recline,  an airline seat. Almost half of the 1,098 people who have voted so far in The Seattle Times’ online poll said the passenger sitting in the seat has the right to recline. This poll follows the rather…

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