Pacific Northwest


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Mt. Suhksan/Brendan Laing

If you love the scenery of Seattle and Vancouver (think: sea, snow-capped mountains, and evergreens), you’ll enjoy Bellingham, a much smaller, low-rise version located between the two cities. A mecca for hiking and mountain biking, this small outdoorsy coastal city of about 80,000 is near Mt. Baker, a 10,750-foot peak in... Read More

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Seattle skyline/flickr/Dave Sizer

The rise of Seattle’s tech industry (Microsoft, Amazon, and Nintendo are based there) and the power of local corporate giants Starbucks and Boeing, have combined to put the rainy, Northwest city on the map. From nearby lakes and forests, to renowned art galleries and live music — and even the recent legalization... Read More

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Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo
Singapore National Orchid Gardens/Christina Garofalo

With nearly 30,000 known species, the Orchid Family comprises the largest plant species in the world — and new kinds are still being discovered every few months, including three last fall near Machu Picchu. Though orchids are associated with the tropics, they live on nearly every continent and in every climate — from the marshes of... Read More

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Riverboat Cruises in Pacific Northwest

There’s something so romantically American about a riverboat cruise. Perhaps it’s because they remind us of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Show Boat, Riverboat, and other great stories. But riverboats aren’t just for the Mississippi. The American Queen Steamboat Company, which runs a successful franchise on the Mississippi, recently announced they’ll be... Read More

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In life, being in the right place at the right time is often due to serendipity, but in travel, it almost always is a result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, venture out between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, destinations are still... Read More

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By: Kate Sekules For a brief few months each year, warm weather, long days, and generous vacation time opens up a world of travel possibilities. Whether you enjoy climbing the top of remote mountains, exploring breathtaking river gorges, or biking quiet backcountry roads, we’ve selected 10 spectacular outdoor adventures that... Read More

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By: Andrew Hickey, Amber Nolan & Elissa Richard Now, more than ever, travelers are seeking out vacation options that offer the best bang for their buck. And time and time again, a cruise vacation from a nearby “homeport” tops this list not only for its tremendous value, but for its... Read More