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10 treehouse rentals near Seattle

Get above it all—literally—on your next vacation, with treehouses from Seattle to the San Juan Islands.

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12 essential Seattle-area hiking trails

Classic day hikes in and near Seattle

Where to ski and snowboard near Seattle

Looking for adventure? Here’s the essential intel for skiing and snowboarding near the Emerald City.

Trailhead Direct performance shows demand for transit to trails

The Seattle hiking shuttle’s ridership grew 75 percent in its second year—but its future is unclear.

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Where to see salmon runs in and around Seattle

It’s time to go salmon spotting—and these creeks and rivers are breathtaking places to witness the circle of life.

7 cute and cozy A-frame rentals in the Cascade Mountains

Relax after hitting the slopes—or just relax—in these picture-perfect mountain cabins.

Modern prefab A-frame asks $746K in Snoqualmie Pass

Less than two miles from the Summit at Snoqualmie and a mile from Hyak Sno-Park, this A-frame has a classic, woodsy design—but it’s anything but rustic.

Seattle-area hikes for everyone

Want to bring a dog? Go car-free? Get sweeping views of the Pacific Northwest? Stay a while?

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10 Seattle-area hikes for seeing beautiful fall colors

Put on those cozy wool socks and hiking boots and adventure through the autumn leaves.

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8 beginner hikes in and around Seattle

Whether you are a beginning hiker or an experienced one looking for something close and quick, these trails could be a perfect fit.

Trio of riverfront cabins near Stevens Pass ask $1.4 million

You might be dreaming of a post-ski crash pad for you and your buddies as you hit the slopes. This listing has enough room for an entire ski colony.

Where—and how—to see whales and orcas in the Salish Sea

By getting to know the whales of the region, we have a better chance at understanding our impact on the Puget Sound and the animals which call it home.

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Where to see fall foliage in Seattle

Take in the autumn scenery in some of Seattle’s most beautiful parks and gardens.

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9 beginner bike rides in Seattle

Whether you’re new to biking, new to city biking, or just looking for a stress-free ride, here are some options from 1 to 6 miles.

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Seattle’s climbing and bouldering walls, mapped

Sure, you could go climb a mountain—or you could check out a space with floor pads and no weather problems to speak of, or at least a rock close to home.

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14 gorgeous waterfront campgrounds near Seattle

Take your tent on a beach vacation.

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10 dog-friendly hikes in and around Seattle

Take your best friends on some beautiful walks, from Discovery Park to Mount Si.

Where to go stargazing near Seattle

With just a little planning, you can see some jaw-dropping skies. Here’s where to go and how to make the most of your trip.

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8 hikes for swimming and wading in the Cascade Mountains

There’s nothing like finishing a sweaty hike with a dip in the cold, alpine water.

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11 transit-accessible camping trips near Seattle

Does your idea of an outdoor adventure involve transit?

Voters poised to approve six-year parks and open space funding in King County

Early ballot returns show a landslide of approval

11 iconic fire lookout hikes in the Cascade Mountains

These towers were placed for big views—and now, they beckon adventure

How to avoid crowds on Pacific Northwest hikes

Finding solitude on the trail is hard in an area so in love with the outdoors—but it’s possible.

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13 places to rent a boat in and around Seattle—for cheap

Get out on the water on a kayak, paddleboard, canoe, or even a floating hot tub.

Day hiking on Mount Rainier: An introductory guide

There’s so much to explore on the Northwest’s most visible mountain—but here’s how to get started.

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14 Washington State campgrounds with historic buildings to explore

Campouts for history buffs, architecture aficionados, and abandoned-place enthusiasts.

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9 dog-friendly campgrounds near Seattle

Get your pup tent—and your pup—ready for an adventure.