Gear Guide

Here in Seattle, Our Gear Better Be Next Level

Outdoor togs and toys have to clear a high bar these days. We expect multifunctional gear that’s loaded with extras, and Seattle makers’ newest offerings oblige.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Bars Beyond Cardboard

5 Locally Made Energy Bars to Try

We passed around Northwest-made trail bars to compose wine-style tasting notes for homegrown hiker fuel. Pinkies up, everyone.

05/22/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

Best of the Northwest

The New Classics: 25 Amazing Washington Hikes

Guys, we don’t *all* need to hike Mount Si this weekend. Once you’ve explored Washington’s busiest trails, make these your new to-do list. Plus: our favorite weekday and kid-friendly hikes.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Lottery Life

Permits Are Changing Everything

Welcome to the great outdoors. Do you have a reservation?

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Room with a View

Four-Star Campsites in Washington's Wilderness

We expect more from our campgrounds than a few dirt clearings in the woods. High-end amenities from ice cream stands to volleyball courts pop up next to scenic sites across the state.

05/22/2018 By Allison Williams

Tiger Mountain High

So You Want to Try Paragliding

Take air with a sport that’s more about hang time than radical dives.

04/24/2018 By Allison Williams

Explainer

How to Save an Orca Whale

The governor has assembled a task force to address Washington’s killer whale crisis. But saving our shrinking orca population is no small task.

04/20/2018 By Allison Williams

Excitement

Next Up for Wandering Goose's Heather Earnhardt: A Hotel and Restaurant on Willapa Bay

Plans for a smoked fish shop have evolved. Into a historic hotel on the coast with a 60-seat restaurant.

04/11/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Feature

The Boat at the Bottom of the Sea

More than a year after a Seattle-based crabber vanished in Alaska's Bering Sea, its final hours remain a mystery. The surviving family of the Destination’s crew—and one intrepid investigator—seek to uncover the secrets the ocean still keeps.

04/09/2018 By Eva Holland

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

Around the World in Many Days

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race Is Headed for Seattle

When a fleet of globe-sailing yachts arrives in April, don’t be surprised if you decide to join a crew.

03/23/2018 By Allison Williams

Travel

The True Tale of the Oregon Trail

We think we know the whole story. But the pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail to settle Washington faced more than just snake bites and dysentery.

02/27/2018 By Allison Williams

Seattle Women 2018

What Pushes Melissa Arnot to the Top of Everest?

“This is my life, my passion.”

01/31/2018 By Allison Williams

Shipshape

Which Boat Is Best for You?

From dinghy sized to bigger than a barge, here are the boats we most want to board.

01/25/2018 By Allison Williams

Guide to Cruises

Who’s Running the Ship? Meet Your Crew

Cruise professionals prefer a workplace with lifeboats—or helicopters and dogsled teams.

01/25/2018 By Allison Williams

Destination Alaska

9 Things to See and Do on Your Alaskan Cruise

Most of the passengers who boarded a cruise in Seattle last year sailed to the lush Alaskan southeast, where you can relish a classic excursion or strike out alone for DIY adventure.

01/25/2018 By Allison Williams

Guide to Cruises

The Poshest Perks on Seattle Cruises

From puppies to go karts, the best of what’s aboard.

01/25/2018 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

White Out

So You Want to Snowshoe

But you'd rather follow an expert. Take a winter walk with 12 ranger- and guide-led snowshoe trips.

01/05/2018 By Manola Secaira

Long Weekends

Craving a Seattle Staycation? Stay in These New Hotels

Staycation, all I ever wanted.

12/20/2017 By Allison Williams