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EMP Museum in Seattle, Washington
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At the heart of it, “Star Trek” shares a lot with the traveler’s ethos: excitement over new adventures, a respect for diversity and culture, and an enthusiasm for all that reminds us of our humanity. For a Trekkie, the special exhibits and experiences that are currently on offer in celebration... Read More

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Guestroom/Nu Hotel Brooklyn in New York
Guestroom/Nu Hotel Brooklyn

Looking to fill that wedge of time between Halloween and the holidays with a getaway? You’re in luck: It happens to be a great time to nab travel deals. Here’s where you can find some for under $175 per night.  From $105: Maya Beach Hotel (Belize) While many parts of the country are... Read More

 Bainbridge Island/flickr/Jan Tik
Bainbridge Island/flickr/Jan Tik

The views alone are worth the visit to Bainbridge Island. Surrounded by brilliant blue water in the heart of Washington’s Puget Sound, the island offers a front row seat to Seattle’s iconic cityscape, majestic Mount Rainer, and the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges. Once dubbed the second-best place to live in the United... Read More

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Courtesy The Watergate Hotel

When a new leader enters the White House this fall many Americans will flock to Washington, D.C. to check out the vibe under President number forty-five. Let a little presidential pizzazz rub off by staying at one of these hotels with political pasts and presents. Stand on the roof of the Hay-Adams Hotel, which overlooks... Read More

 Seattle Great Wheel/flickr/Nicola
Seattle Great Wheel/flickr/Nicola

Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a major facelift, and it has more to offer than ever on a sunny summer afternoon. Here’s how to soak up every second of it. Start at the Olympic Sculpture Park, a free sculpture garden that is part of the Seattle Art Museum. The nine-acre park... Read More

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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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The tasting room at Banshee Wines in California
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Over the past few years, wineries and tasting rooms across the U.S. have made the experience less stuffy and formal by introducing casual-minded perks or add-ons. Here are just a few of our favorites. 1. Lounge Ambiance Not long ago, everyone bellied up to the bar and stood during the entire tasting; now, you... Read More

 San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally
San Juan Islands, Washington/flickr/Patrick McNally

The San Juan Islands — located just north of Seattle in the Salish Sea — comprise more than 400 islands and rocks, just four of which are inhabited. The largest, San Juan, has a population of less than 8,000 people and is home to Friday Harbor, the islands’ biggest... Read More

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Broadway's Hamilton
Broadway’s Hamilton

Broadway’s Hamilton the Musical has swept the nation, obliterating box office records at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York. Charting the rise and fall of the “ten-dollar Founding Father without a father,” this musical is nearly sold out and virtually impossible to get into unless you can drop some... Read More

The exterior of Starbucks Reserve and Roastery in Seattle
Starbucks Reserve and Roastery

Less than two miles away from Starbucks’ original Pike Place Market store sits its latest Seattle location: a 15,000-square-foot-plus café, roastery, and packaging facility perched on Capitol Hill. And despite a fanatical following and cookie cutter product model, Starbucks manages to give its Reserve and Roastery a refreshing, artisanal aesthetic.... Read More

A guestroom at The Edgewater in Seattle.
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Wintertime is low season in Seattle, but for Midwesterners and Northeasters there’s the allure of little snow underfoot. Seattle’s average snowfall (11 inches) is much less than other Northern regions across the country and makes for the perfect winter getaway. At The Edgewater Hotel, a posh waterfront property on Elliott... Read More

The Index Bridge in Index Washington
The Index Bridge/Sarah Ravits

For outdoor enthusiasts and amateurs alike, a trip to the Pacific Northwest should include a stop at the small, rustic town of Index, Washington. Its population? Less than 200. Though it’s about an hour from Seattle, this town is a world away from fast-paced, contemporary urban life. Index is primarily a destination... Read More

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Benjamin Benschneider Photograph

Napa Valley might first come to mind when you’re dreaming about a West Coast wine weekend escape, but Washington State has its own share of first-class wineries that shouldn’t be discounted either. The estates are incredibly convenient and fun to tour — and they’re perfect for a relaxing girls’... Read More

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Gowri Chandra

There are few moments more quintessentially Seattle than watching the fog peel off the bay in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, while sipping a freshly pulled espresso. The city offers up intimate moments everywhere, if you know where to look. And if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the... Read More