Squamish 

Opening in May, the Sea to Sky Gondola—adjacent to the Stawamus Chief monolith outside Whistler—will climb 885 meters to hiking trails and, for the not-yet-scared-witless, a 100-meter suspension bridge. seatoskygondola.com


②  Nanaimo

Kenmore Air will start twice-daily flights from Boeing Field to the Vancouver Island town on March 3; the hub offers access to Victoria and Tofino and ferries to Vancouver. kenmoreair.com


 Sea-Tac

Fourteen new Automated Passport Control Kiosks are expected to cut reentry wait times in half for U.S. and Canadian citizens at the airport. Though the process is mostly self-service, travelers still must get a pass from a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer. portseattle.org/sea-tac


 Portland

The Outdoor Adventure play space at the Portland Children’s Museum, opening April 22, recreates the quaint old custom of “playing outside” with a creek, climbing tree, dig pit, and trails. portlandcm.org


 Prosser

The April grand opening of the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center welcomes the public to the education outpost, where “learning” means tasting wines from Yakima-area AVAs and spinning the wine aroma wheel. theclorecenter.org


 Twin Falls

The new boutique Blue Lakes Inn opened in south-central Idaho last summer, but spring is when the spectacular nearby Shoshone Falls swells with snowmelt. bluelakesinn.com