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Northeast Washington Hiking/Camping Road Trip

Let me be your concierge for a Northeast Washington hiking weekend this summer that includes hiking Thirteen Mile Trail, an overnight car-camping stay at Swan Lake and a visit to the frontier-like town of Republic, Wash. You will make lifelong ...

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A Summer Festival for Just About Everyone

The Inland Northwest is home to many fun and unique festivals. Here we’ve highlighted a few interesting festivals celebrating everything from huckleberries and community heritage to original music, beer and wine and the outdoors. While this is certainly not an ...

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Exploring Wallace, Idaho’s Mining Heritage

A sprawling complex of beautiful, historic buildings and surprisingly bustling streets nestled into the steep mountain hillsides of north Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains, Wallace Idaho is a momentary neck-craning distraction for most Interstate 90 travelers driving through the Silver Valley. Too ...

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Exploring Washington’s Wine Country

During the warmth of early fall harvest, all roads leading to, from and within Tri-Cities are flanked by ripe grapes. Ineffably rich and sweet fragrances from as many as 40 different varieties pervade the senses of even the least discerning ...

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Hiking and Paddling the Hanford Reach National Monument

For paddlers and hikers with spring fever, the overlooked Hanford Reach National Monument presents unbelievably serene paddling and hiking opportunities in a climate that’s typically four weeks further along into spring than the Spokane-Coeur d’Alene area in March. The monument ...

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Looking for Winter Fun in the Canadian Rockies? Fernie’s Got You Covered

Need proof that Canadians not only love dressing up in wacky costumes more than most Americans but also come up with wickedly fun and creative contests and festival events? Put Fernie’s Griz Days Winter Festival or the Helly Hansen Big ...

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6 Reasons Not to Miss the Sandpoint Winter Carnival (Feb. 13-23)

Ski Joring. Not the gentler kind with dogs. No, these daredevil skiers with serious cojones get pulled around at break-neck speeds over jumps by a horse and rider. Watch the excitement with hundreds of other amped up spectators or sign ...

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Seven Tips for Healthy Budget Travel Abroad

Street food in Thailand. Make good choices and stay healthy. Photo: Shallan Knowles

I have traveled often and the places blur together, but I must forget this and see each thing as if I were nineteen again, on my first trip abroad, the mundane ache of daily need shot through with the exotic. ...

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Winthrop Winter Wonderland: Ski, Bike, Snowshoe

The Methow Valley’s skiing, scenery, and extensive trail system has been getting attention in recent years well beyond the Pacific Northwest for being the nation’s largest cross-country ski area. For good reason too. 120 miles of well-groomed, peaceful Nordic trails ...

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