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Seattle, WA 98195, USA
After the eternally cloudy Seattle winter comes...the often equally overcast spring. But all is not gray—cherry trees bloom... The main quad of the University of Washington transforms into a miracle of floating color, petals trembling in the...
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Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
I found these railroad tracks straddling Puget Sound close to Picnic Point Park in Mukilteo. The park itself offers nice vistas of the sound and surrounding islands.
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1503 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA
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Have a fresh crumpet on a brisk morning—you'll learn that their reputation as 'dainty' fare is completely unjustified. In Seattle, "The Crumpet Shop" has been a family-run institution in Pike Place Market for more than three decades. Get some tea...
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North Queen Anne, Seattle, WA, USA
A view of the Space Needle seen through the skylight of the Chihuly Museum.
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Pier 54 Walk, 1001 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98104, USA
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Beautiful shot of Seattle's waterfront complete with her newest attraction, a ferris wheel!
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1303 NE Boat St, Seattle, WA 98105k-6701, USA
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On a summer day in Seattle, get out on the water. Rent a kayak from Agua Verde Paddle Club on Portage Bay; dodge the boat traffic, be a polite voyeur among the houseboats, dart under bridges...Afterwards, when you return the kayak, head...
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1765 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134, USA
If you enjoy the thrill of thrifting — and you're ready to level up — put on some disposable gloves and head to the Goodwill Outlet, aka "the bins." (Seriously, people do bring latex gloves.) The inventory is all the stuff that didn't sell on the...
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6538 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108, USA
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This fun, cheap monster-burger joint with an Asian twist is the sister restaurant to Mashiko. Ground beef, chicken, pork loin, or tofu burgers are served katsu style: dipped in tempura batter, coated in panko bread crumbs, then deep fried. The...
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462 Kent Cornwall Rd, Kent, CT 06757, USA
Kent Falls is a park in the Western part of Connecticut. The views from the bottom of the waterfalls are rivaled by the views from the top. Autumn is a great time to go because of the changing foliage. There is a trail with built in stairs going...
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46 Great Hollow Rd, Cornwall, CT 06753, USA
Little has changed here over the past 30 years, which is just the way it should stay. Family owned and operated, Mohawk is a great little hill less than 2 hours from NYC. Very family friendly and a great place for beginner skiers and snowboarders...
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2400 US-101, Yachats, OR 97498, USA
It was eerie at first, almost scary, stepping into this dense world alone, but the forest opened its arms to me. As I followed the winding path, my bravery grew. I was alone here, in the thick coastal Oregon forest. The earth beneath my shoes was...
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Yachats, OR, USA
As I watched the sun set over the Pacific Ocean from my hotel balcony, I watched this man on the rocks. He seemed to be loving the crash of the waves and the warmth of the light. The ocean seems to have a power over us, as if we are hypnotized by...
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525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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One of the best happy hour menus is at Urban Farmer. Sit in the lobby area of the restaurant on the 9th floor of The Nines Hotel while noshing on these delectable snacks. Prices are reasonable and the food is delicious!
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325 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532, USA
In the late 1800s, a band of gold miners cleared a trail deep into southwest Oregon’s Rogue River Canyon, along the charging river and through old-growth Douglas fir forest. This is the route you’ll hike during Rogue Wilderness Adventure’s...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
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Multnomah Falls is a gorgeous sight located about 45 minutes by car outside of Portland, Oregon, on the Columbia River Gorge. Several hikes of differing degrees of difficulty offer vantage points to view the falls. The sound of the rushing water...
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2740 S Pacific St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110, USA
For those of you familiar with the iconic 1985 film, the Haystack Rocks meant the world to kids from the Goon Docks. It had always been a lifelong dream of mine to venture to the setting of the movie and find my own "treasure." The Pacific Coast...
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Oregon, USA
If you have never had the opportunity to see Crater Lake in person, nothing can quite prepare you for the intense azul waters reflecting the sky. The deepest lake in the US, it is made up completely of collected water from melted snow and rain...
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20022 Silver Falls Hwy SE, Sublimity, OR 97385, USA
About 45 minutes east of Salem, Oregon is Silverfalls State Park. The Canyon Train (or the Trail of 10 Falls) is an easy-ish hike that brings you face to face with ten falls, each unique. The trail leads behind some of the falls, like the South...
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53000 East Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA
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Multnomah Falls are a series of waterfalls located some thirty minutes outside of Portland. They are set in a perfectly shaded, lush forest scenery, and make for a great way to get some exercise-as some routes take you to the very top. Don't...
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Silver Falls, Oregon 97344, USA
Hike through Oregon's Silver Falls park and you come upon this majestic view.
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611 SW Kingston Ave, Portland, OR 97205, USA
Portland is not lacking for parks and gardens—I've heard the Chinese garden in the Pearl district is a stunner—but I highly recommend the Japanese Gardens in Washington Park. Portland's a relaxed place anyway, but the Japanese gardens, said to be...
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1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
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While I've never been to Peru, I do find it convenient having a restaurant importing the flavors of that country so seamlessly into the competitive PDX culinary market. Andina has withstood the test of time with its sustainable menu and creative...
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3303 SW Bond Ave, Portland, OR 97239, USA
The tram gives Portland visitors stunning views of the city, river, and mountains beyond. Grab the streetcar from downtown out to the waterfront. You're delivered to the lower terminal for the three-minute ride carrying you 3,300 feet at 20 MPH to...
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Oregon, USA
Remnants of ancient Mt. Mazama's powerful eruption 7700 yrs ago.
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34600 Gary St, Nehalem, OR 97131, USA
Nehalem Bay State Park boasts 5 undeveloped and uninterrupted miles of sandy beach. Even when the adjacent campgrounds are full, you may just have a stretch of personal space the size of a football field. Just book your stay well in advance--as...
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1719 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97201, USA
At the end of the lane, a block north of the Farmers Market on Montgomery, you'll notice a building that looks like a Siberian bunker. Be not afraid. It’s Portland State University’s Science Research & Teaching Center and it is publicly accessible...
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Eagle Creek, OR, USA
L. Frank Baum could not have dreamed up a more magical adventure than Eagle Creek. The narrow trail follows a gentle incline along the titular creek, taking hikers along a narrow cliff edge, through forest and to the picturesque Punch Bowl Falls....
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2001 Blue Heron Rd ste a, Tillamook, OR 97141, USA
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If you're heading down hwy 101 through Oregon, I recommend a stop here at Blue Heron. Not only do they make creamy brie, but they also have a wine tasting room for local wines. You can shop around the gourmet store after your tasting to find items...
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Cape Kiwanda, Pacific City, OR 97112, USA
The Oregon Coast is always spectacular, but on warm, sunny days like this, there are not many better places to be. This photo is looking north from the top of the sand dunes at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City. Climbing these dunes in a few minutes...
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Proxy Falls, Oregon 97413, USA
Proxy Falls is a lush waterfall located in central Oregon. An easy trail meanders through old lava fields and rhododendron. The main attraction here is obviously the falls. It's wispy cascade gives a fairytale look to it. Another, less impressive...
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Mariposa Grove, California 93623, USA
My husband and I enjoyed a pleasant hike among the sequoias and pines at Mariposa Grove in the southern portion of Yosemite. Head out early to avoid the crowds who hit this popular spot to see the 2,700-year-old Grizzly Giant sequoia in the Lower...
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Pacific Grove, CA, USA
Pacific Grove is a quaint town on the Monterey Peninsula and a tranquil place to admire Pacific views of the ocean or the monarchs when they're traveling through the area. The coastal landscape was swarmed by fiery ice plants when we visited in...
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1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Perched atop a stunning hill in the Santa Monica Mountains, this outpost of the J. Paul Getty Museum overlooks the vast cityscape of the greater Los Angeles area. Its exceptional contemporary architecture, wide array of pre-20th-century art,...
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57 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104, USA
It doesn't matter how well you think you know a place—there's always somewhere new worth exploring. San Francisco is packed with secret hideouts. One of my all-time favorites has to be the Mechanics Institute Library and Chess Room—and the rather...
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Los Angeles, CA 90044, USA
The 1.7 mile hike up the grueling Hermit Gulch Trail overlooks the Avalon harbor cradled between the evergreen shrubbed hills. You can make out the wakes of boats coming and going like airplane contrails in the ocean but you wouldn't expect the...
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1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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After exploring Balboa Park for a few hours, this is the place to be for a cocktail or lunch. The food is really good, and the chef has won multiple awards over the years. They've got great mojitos, and my new favorite drink, the caipirinha (sugar...
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7940 Herschel Ave g, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
Prospect St in La Jolla has a lot of shopping, restaurants, day spas, galleries and more! There is so much here that I haven't seen everything. There are little nooks and alleyways filled with stores. There are several galleries- don't miss Peter...
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42401 CA-1, Gualala, CA 95445, USA
Gualala Point has 195 acres of forest land and coastline. We made a long loop from where we parked just off hwy 1 past some campgrounds and then hiked back over 1 and along the Gualala River. It's not a long hike and the trail is mostly flat, with...
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Cazadero, CA 95421, USA
We hiked the Rhododendron state reserve in March, so the rhododendrons weren't in bloom. May is supposed to be the best time to see the blooms. I did see rhododendron plants in profusion, so I can only imagine how gorgeous this hike will be when...
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San Ysidro Rd, Montecito, CA 93108, USA
The San Ysidro trail meanders uphill through oak groves. This is about a 4 mile round trip hike with a 650 ft elevation gain. After checking out the falls, we headed back down the trail a short bit before stopping to enjoy our picnic of breads,...
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619 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
Vitreum is located in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego, near downtown. They carry unique, handmade jewelry, tableware, vases, incense, decorative items, and more. There is a clothing boutique and a spa all right next door. When you're...
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2000 N Fuller Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
The trek to the HOLLYWOOD sign may be the most famous L.A. hike to outsiders, but if you're looking for downtown views, celebrity sightings, and a typical L.A.-style glamour hike (not necessarily strenuous, but very fashionable), the 3.3-mile...
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47000 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, USA
Highway 1 runs about 90 miles through this rugged Big Sur coastline and is absolutely stunning. The tall and wild Santa Lucia mountains plummet into the energetic Pacific Ocean. Sea otters, which were thought to be extinct, were discovered living...
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5995 Stagecoach Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, USA
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This tavern was built as a stagecoach stop in 1886 and is located in the mountains above Santa Barbara. In the evening, dining here is romantic but during the day, you can see the beautiful views driving over the San Marcos pass. On a clear day,...
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La Jolla, San Diego, CA, USA
Many people don't realize this, but although La Jolla, California, is portrayed as a separate city, it is actually a community within the city of San Diego. A short 15-20 minute drive from downtown San Diego takes you to the dramatic coastline....
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17 Mile Dr, Pacific Grove, CA 93950, USA
So many people pay money to drive along the famous 17 mile drive in Carmel....did you know that you can bicycle along this route for free? Taking a bicycle is much better anyway because there are a lot of stops along the route. If you didn't bring...
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Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Monterey, CA, USA
The Monterey Bay Coastal trail extends 18 miles from Castroville to Carmel, where the trail is attached to the famous 17 mile drive in Carmel. Whether you want to bike, run, walk or follow it along in a kayak, this paved trail is a great way to...
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22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204, USA
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Best doughnuts ever! Really. The cultish doughnut shop in the city of Portland is a must-eat. It's really gained some fame over the past few years since appearing on TV, so expect a 25-50 minute wait. And make sure to bring others so that you can...
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Terrebonne, OR 97760, USA
Even on a cold, gray day in winter, this state park is something to be celebrated. (The last time I was this impressed with a six-mile hike I was in the diverse and mind-blowing landscape known as the South Island of New Zealand.) Smith Rock State...
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2 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97204, USA
The #1 thing recommended to me to see in Portland was the Saturday Market. It lived up to its hype! I spent a few hours Saturday morning wandering around the market and was floored at the talent of the vendors. I was also shocked at how reasonably...
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13000 SW Century Drive, Bend, OR 97702, USA
Mt Bachelor Ski Area in the Central Oregon Cascades is everything that's right about a winter snow sports complex. It starts with what it doesn't have. No overpriced eateries, no boutique hotels, no condos, no wannabes looking for attention, no...
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Arizona, USA
The warm canyon floor of Arizona’s Grand Canyon offered some protection from a fast moving February snow storm. Deep inside the canyon we watched the rim transform into a winter wonderland. The hike out offered the most beautiful views, and quite...
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Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
Color, shape, and naked geology: Northern Arizona appeals to the senses in the most elemental ways. Agnostic hikers, secular scientists, souls searching for spiritual energy — all end up in Sedona, seeking and finding. Mid-week in this red-rock...