Experiences

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Experiences

Top Things to See and Do in the Northwest and Beyond

Goldendale Observatory Administrator Troy Carpenter in front of the Milky Way

Cross Space and Time in GoldendalE, Washington

If you’re brave enough to climb a ladder and peer through a piece of glass, you can see millions of years into the past.

Two girls meet green surf anemones at a Ucluelet Aquarium touch tank

Soak It Up In Ucluelet, British Columbia

Wild Pacific wonders thrive on Vancouver Island’s west coast.

Haystack Rock viewed from Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area in Pacific City, Oregon

Traversing the Tillamook Coast

Explore the bays, forests and foods of Oregon’s Tillamook County.

The village of Ganges viewed from above Salt Spring Island

Arts and Attractions Rise in Bellingham

New treats and renovated treasures await on Bellingham Bay.

A man picks strawberries on the Saanich Peninsula

Must-visit Victoria, British Columbia

Wherever you look, Victoria will keep you guessing.

A red panda with pumpkins at the Woodland Park Zoo

HALLOWEEN IN THE NORTHWEST

Celebrate with ghost tours, haunted hotels and castles, spooky corn mazes and more.

The village of Ganges viewed from above Salt Spring Island

Arts and Farm Culture on Salt Spring Island

Explore small villages and natural beauty on this Southern Gulf island.

Dry Falls near Coulee City, Washington

LEAVENWORTH OKTOBERFEST DETOURS

Scenic and scrumptious stops for drivers from Seattle and Spokane.

A girl picking apples

Top Destinations for Apple Picking

Visit some of the best orchards in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

An apple cider doughnut in Salem, Oregon

NORTHWEST HARVEST DRIVES

Discover surprising delights at roadside stands, country markets and fall harvest festivals.

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Explore Ballard’s Nouveau Nordic

Seattle’s urban fishing village boasts Scandinavian roots and a vibrant present.

Surfers ride the waves at Boise Whitewater Park

TAKE IT OUTSIDE IN BOISE

Idaho's vibrant capital city is best for summertime entertainment and outdoor recreation.

 
Colorful kites of all shapes and sizes on the beach during the Lincoln City Kite Festival in Oregon

Search for Treasure in Lincoln City

This Oregon beach town makes for an ideal family-friendly getaway.

Hood Canal at sunset

FOLLOW THE HOOD CANAL FJORD

Visitors will find plenty to explore along the Hood Canal, from outdoor adventure to fine dining.

Kayaking on the Howe Sound

Hit the Sea to Sky Highway

British Columbia’s Highway 99 is one of the most scenic roads in the world.

Hell's Gate Airtram in the Fraser Valley

On the road in BC's Fraser Valley

Breathtaking scenery, small towns and stops at berry farms, museums and waterfalls.

rainier with autumn wildflowers

The road to paradise

Mount Rainier’s renowned wildflower meadows and panoramic vistas are accessible to everyone.

ferry headed to bainbridge island at sunrise

SAIL IN AND SLOW DOWN ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND

Sweet treats, history and lush gardens await, and getting there is half the fun.

Huckleberries in a hand overlooking Mount Hood

PURPLE PROSPECTING

Secret huckleberry stashes offer a uniquely flavorful experience in the Cascade Mountains as well as farmers markets, festivals and restaurants. The Northwest’s most iconic berry is worth the hunt.

Snoqualmie Falls

Go Beyond the falls in snoqualmie

Scenic views, easy hikes and quaint charm make the Snoqualmie area — including neighboring North Bend — a unique destination.

The Great Wheel at sunset on Seattle's waterfront

Seattle's Waterfront Gets a New Look

The Alaskan Way Viaduct's demolition adds new views and activities to longtime favorites.

Washington Pass on State Route 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway

TOUR THE RUGGED NORTH CASCADES

Take the scenic route across the iconic mountain range from Sedro-Woolley to Winthrop and Twisp.

Lavender fields in Sequim, Washington

BEAT THE RAIN IN SEQUIM

Find sunny skies, water fun, wildlife and the soothing scent of lavender in this Olympic Peninsula destination.

Sunrise on Spokane's Riverside Park

SPOKANE: A HAVEN OF HISTORY AND BEAUTY

Washington state’s second-largest city also has a burgeoning arts and food scene.

schweitzer mountain ski resort in summer

Sandpoint's worth the trip

A 43-mile lake and a rich arts scene make it a great day-trip from Spokane or weekend getaway from Seattle.

Port Ludlow Marina at sunset

FIND PEACE IN PORT LUDLOW

This town is surrounded by wilderness lakes, native heritage sites and endless waterfront access.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival flower field in bloom

Walla Walla continues to impress

Chefs and farmers serve up appetizing new reasons to visit this vaunted wine destination.

the allen elizabethan theater in ashland oregon

ARTS AND CULTURE IN ASHLAND, OREGON

Come for the Bard, stay for the natural beauty and brews.

hot air balloon above the vineyards of Oregon's willamette valley

Farm-fresh tastes in Woodinville

Experience wine country’s fresh foods, tasting tours and Washington's terroir.

hot air balloon above the vineyards of Oregon's willamette valley

Close, but so far away, whidbey island

Scenic towns and farms combined with local arts and food.

hot air balloon above the vineyards of Oregon's willamette valley

Tastes and Sights of The Willamette Valley

The Willamette Valley is revered for more than its pinot.

bikers on the bridge in portland oregon

Portland stands out all on its own

Once Seattle’s little sister, Portland is now a stand-alone destination in the Northwest.

point wilson lighthouse in port townsend washington

Port Townsend has arts, history, and family fun

Whether it be a quick day trip or three-day getaway, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

aerial of couer d'alene

Coeur d’Alene has something for everyone

North Idaho’s lakeside destination brims with recreational pleasure, supurb dining and captivating galleries.

two friends having a snowball fight in yakima washington

Yakima PAIRS WINE AND FOOD WITH RECREATION

A growing artisan food scene and stunning surroundings make Yakima an ideal retreat in any season.

Lavender fields in Sequim, Washington

BEND IS Central Oregon's Liveliest Town

Spring is a special season in Bend, from the great outdoors to concerts, eats and drinks.

a snowy dusk in nelson bc

the mountain gem of Nelson, BC

Explore Nelson’s exceptional ski destinations, art scene, café culture and more.

families sledding in leavenworth washingtons town square

Leavenworth dazzles in winter

Our slice of Bavaria comes with heaping helpings of outdoor recreation.

downtown snohomish washington along the snohomish river

Surprising Snohomish

A small town gem with a quaint downtown, unlimited outdoor fun and an unexpected haunted history.

Skiing in Wenatchee, Washington

Don't Miss Wenatchee's Skiing

Wenatchee has quietly grown into a hub for cold weather fun. 

woman playing in the snow in downtown Winthrop washington

Skate, ski, snowshoe and more in Winthrop

There’s no play like snow play in the idyllic Methow Valley.

bison in winter yellowstone

Winter fun in bozeman and yellowstone

These classic Western settings offer thrilling reasons to embrace the elements.

vancouver wa waterfront pier

Revitalized Vancouver, WA

Exciting new waterfront amenities enhance the city's many charms.

oregon coast hike cascade head

5 Must-Do Oregon Coast Hikes

Best trails for soaking in the scenic splendors.

Marymere falls hike

North Olympic Playground

How the free-again Elwha River is helping revitalize its entire region.

eritage resort walla walla

New Wine Country Lodging

Stylish hotels and inns add comfort to Richland, Walla Walla and McMinnville.

leavenworth fall foliage

Northwest Fall Foliage

Our favorite spots in Washington for viewing autumn's rich colors.

Woodinville's Herbfarm Restaurant

Five Diamond Dining

The Herbfarm in Woodinville keeps setting standards for Northwest cuisine.

Tunnels Beach on Kaua‘i

Hawai‘i’s Best Beaches

Top picks for surf, sand and bliss on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, O‘ahu and Kaua‘i.

Space Needle Renovation

The New Space Needle

Things to love about the Seattle landmark's latest renovation.

things to do this weekend

Bored? No weekend plans? We have got you covered. Consider our editor-picked events, musicals and festivals across the Pacific Northwest.


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