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How to Plan a Road Trip You’ll Actually Enjoy

Road trips are a long American tradition and a great way to see much of North America! My parents are amazing road trippers and I’m so grateful to them for driving me around two continents for a good portion of my childhood. Unforgettable places and memories and exposure to...

Best Trails in Seattle

Even though we’re surrounded by many amazing day hikes, sometimes you need something closer to home. I’ve previously written about my favorite walks in Seattle and this post is specifically about routes on trails that feel like a trail and not a walk in an urban area. Some of...

Best Hikes in Washington State

Do you know how hard it is to choose the very BEST hikes in Washington State?? It’s extremely hard! We have so many amazing hikes all over the state to choose from, but I limited myself to my 12 all time favorites. All of these hikes are mellow or...

Alaska on a Budget: 20 Ways to Save Money

Dreaming of a trip to Alaska? Need to see Alaska on a budget? This is for you! I lived in Alaska for 7 years in different parts of the state and worked in tourism, still visit regularly and I am here to help you make it happen! Alaska is...

12 Best Day Trips from Seattle

One of the many wonderful things about living in Seattle or visiting Seattle is that there are so many things to do outside the city! Seattle is surrounded by a vast diversity of landscapes within a few hours, including islands, forests, mountains, orchards, farmland and desert canyons. In this...

Skyline Lake Snowshoe: Steep, Short and Spectacular

A Skyline Lake snowshoe outing is a spectacular trip at Stevens Pass with spectacular views and winter beauty! While short it is STEEP and therefore can’t be considered easy (3 miles round trip and 1100 feet of elevation gain). I wouldn’t recommend it for your first time on snowshoes...

Winter Weekend in Kamloops BC: great for cross country skiers

Sometimes when it’s rained for months, and you just want to see some sun and have fun outside without rain, it’s nice to have a road trip getaway to a different environment that isn’t too far from home. A winter weekend in Kamloops BC is a favorite of mine...

Mother Mountain Loop Backpacking in Mt Rainier

Looking for a less-hassle or shorter alternative to the Wonderland Trail? Want to experience all Mt Rainier has to offer – epic mountain views, spectacular wildflowers, lakes, forest and the occasional marmot or black bear? Want to do a backpacking trip in a few days instead of weeks? Not...

Olympic Coast Backpacking at Second Beach: Excellent for Beginners

Even though it’s a long drive from Seattle, Olympic Coast backpacking at Second Beach in Olympic National Park is an excellent first backpacking trip for beginners as well as a fun and relaxing trip for those with more experience. The best way to experience one of the best beaches...

How to See the Northern Lights in Alaska

I can think of a handful of experiences that just can’t be captured in a photo, video or writing. One of those is seeing the Northern Lights. No matter how many photos you’ve seen, or even videos, this is not even close to the experience of seeing and feeling...