Guide to Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is Not a National Park

The volcano’s unique status makes upkeep complicated.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Visiting the South Side of Mount St. Helens: On Top of Old Smokey

Take a walk on the adventure side of the volcano. Keen athletes can spelunk underground, ski gentle slopes, or climb to the crater rim.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Visiting the North Side of Mount St. Helens: Crater Crash Course

A road trip down a stunning highway leads to a well-appointed visitor center and easy hikes. Never been to the famous mountain? Start here.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Guide to Mount St. Helens

Journey Into the Crater of Mount St. Helens

A visit to the inner sanctum of a fitful volcano, as Bill Nye the Science Guy tags along.

05/06/2020 By Allison Williams

Cover Story

29 Epic Washington State Park Adventures

Washington’s got more than 100 of them, and from half-acre grounds to cross-state trails, our state parks are a whole different kind of wild.

07/17/2018 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

20 Perfect Spring Day Trips

Treks, tours, and garden getaways to celebrate the end of winter: Pet a wallaby, haunt a ghost town, or hunker down in a hotel that might as well be in Hawaii.

03/29/2018 By Allison Williams

Shipping Out

A Seattleite’s Guide to Cruise Ships

More than 200 cruises will depart Seattle this year. Pick a ship, pack your best leisure wear, and find adventure at every port of call.

01/25/2018 By Allison Williams

Long Weekends

How to Spend 3 Days in Scenic, Lakefront Coeur D’Alene

Water is front and center in Idaho’s laid-back panhandle town.

12/20/2017 By Allison Williams

The Truffle Shuffle

Do Some Serious Gourmet Mushroom Hunting in Eugene

How to search for—and eat—the best of Pacific Northwest mushrooms and truffles.

12/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Long Weekends

Need Some New Adventure Friends? Meet Them at Loge’s Community-Focused Hotels

With locations in Westport and Leavenworth, these lodges (er, Loges) offer scenic hangouts with fellow surfers and skiers.

12/20/2017 By Allison Williams

Stargazer's Guide

Ain't No Party Like a Table Mountain Star Party

This one goes all night long. (How could it not?)

06/12/2017 By Allison Williams

Getaway Guides

Guide to the San Juan Islands

The San Juans are Washington’s special, secluded archipelago, a tiny realm barely tucked into Puget Sound’s pocket. And they’re ripe for exploration.

05/25/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Eye Candy

Architect Tom Kundig Is the King of Cabin Porn

Here are some of his favorite photogenic creations.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

That Cabin Life

What Does It Take to Score a Dream Cabin in Washington?

We did our own little House Hunters trek to find out.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Northwest Travel

15 Amazing Northwest Cabin Destinations

Bungalows, chalets, yurts...escape the Seattle bustle for a few nights to these cozy getaways.

05/15/2017 By Allison Williams

Cabins & Cottages

The Best Washington State Park Cabins

Some are simple, some are surprising, and all sit on public land—and that means they rent for cheap.

05/14/2017 By Allison Williams

Five Ways

Northwest Festival Forecast: May

Make time for outdoor music festivals, traditional canoe races, and maypole dancing.

05/03/2017 By Liz Weber

Weird Washington

Take a Day Trip to North Bend—the Real Twin Peaks

It was just a little cult TV show a quarter century ago, but Twin Peaks' aesthetic came to define North Bend. Now that the series is back, the sleepy suburb is back in the spotlight.

04/18/2017 By Allison Williams

Weekend Pass

4 Blissful Spa Road Trips Around Washington State

This spring, the path to relaxation is lined with spas that show off the best of the Northwest’s sea, mountains, forest, and city.

03/20/2017 By Allison Williams