Travel & Outdoors

Short Stops

A Whimsical Boutique Anchors Olympia's Eclectic Downtown

This gift and bath product store in Washington's capitol, selling handmade perfumes and lotions, reminds us why shopping on vacation is so fun.

03/24/2022 By Allison Williams

Growth Spurts

The Best Botanical Gardens Near Seattle

The Point Defiance Park Gardens in Tacoma, Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee—these are the best flowers and greenery in Western and Central Washington.

03/22/2022 By Allison Williams

Hanami How-To

A Viewing Guide for the UW Cherry Blossoms

Want to know where to see cherry blossoms in Seattle? The quad at the University of Washington has your flower peeping covered.

03/18/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Flower Power

Guide to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The rural farmland north of Seattle erupts into a rainbow of color during the state's biggest flower fest, creating a prime spring road trip destination.

03/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Book It

Are Travel Agents Still a Thing?

Even in the age of Kayak and Expedia, the professional planner is no anachronism—and Covid has brought new urgency to the field.

03/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Map Quest

A Road Trip That Leads to Rainier

Cider, squash, and bighorn sheep: Take a drive through the rural highways that lead to Mount Rainier National Park.

03/14/2022 By Allison Williams

Layovers

Where to Eat at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Poke, bloody marys, and restaurants from actual Seattle chefs. Sea-Tac, thanks to spots like Floret and Trailhead BBQ, is tastier than you remember.

03/11/2022 By Allison Williams

Planner

What to Do in Washington State in March

Beer, birds, and gray whale season in Puget Sound—it's almost spring and already time to get outside on Washington State Parks free days.

03/04/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Soak it in

Hot Springs Near Seattle

Where to find natural soaking spots in nature and developed resorts in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, perfect for a weekend road trip.

03/03/2022 By Allison Williams

Perspectives

Covid Travel Can Mean a Whole New Kind of Culture Shock

What does it mean to be a tourist in places with a very different take on health precautions such as masking, vaccine verification, and indoor dining?

02/25/2022 By Allison Williams

California Dreaming

Alaska Airlines Launches an All-You-Can-Fly Pass

Seattle isn't included in the brand-new flight program, which is something like a subscription service, but could have its own version in the future.

02/23/2022 By Allison Williams

Public Lands

20 Best State Parks in Washington

You can go diving, spelunking, horseback riding, hiking, and more in over 100 state parks within driving distance of Seattle.

02/22/2022 By Allison Williams

Short Stops

An Authentic Irish Pub Brings Salty Flavor to Ocean Shores

The Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores offers live music and a menu that includes classics like corned beef, making it a perfect road trip stop.

02/21/2022 By Allison Williams

Book It

How to Reserve a Campsite or Backpacking Trip in Washington

Here's how to book a camping spot in Mount Rainier National Park, the Olympics, the Enchantments, the Columbia Gorge, and more.

02/15/2022 By Allison Williams

Trailblazing

What to See and Do in Portland

When you're on a weekend road trip from Seattle, here's where to start in the Pacific Northwest's other signature city, from parks to breweries to food.

02/11/2022 By Allison Williams and Ramona DeNies

Explainer

What Was Up with 5G and All Those Flight Cancellations?

Why a wireless rollout from AT&T and Verizon affected air travel at Paine Field and Seattle Tacoma International Airport in January.

02/07/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Planner

Things to Do in Washington State in February

Join a carnival in Leavenworth, a treasure hunt on Camano Island, a wine weekend in Yakima, and more festival fun across the state.

02/04/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

Hearts Grow Fonder

Romantic Valentine's Day Vacations in the Northwest

Our favorite couple retreats near Seattle for sumptuous spas and naughty gift baskets, from the San Juans to Port Townsend.

02/02/2022 By Allison Williams

Animal Style

The Best Zoos and Aquariums of Western Washington

Meet the wild things of Washington in Issaquah, Bremerton, and beyond.

01/27/2022 By Allison Williams

Après Tell

Ski Tailgating Brings the Party to Mountain Parking Lots

Hot dogs on the grill and firepits in the snow: The after-ski hang is as important as the powder for those seeking a weekend outdoor getaway.

01/25/2022 By Allison Williams