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  1. Great Whites and Great Waves: A Surf Road Trip from Seattle to San Francisco

    From being pummeled and humbled along to Oregon Coast, to encountering great white sharks, here's a glimpse into a six-day surf road trip from Seattle to San Francisco.

  2. From the Titanic to the Twisted: A Guide to Some of America’s Best Old-Growth Hikes

    From 1,000-year-old specimens to century-old sentinels, old-growth trees add a mystical, almost reverent element to any adventure. Here, some of the best old-growth hikes in America.

  3. North America's Most Fascinating (Non-Eclipse) Natural Phenomena

    Here, we’ve pulled together a motley lineup of mesmerizing natural phenomena worthy of anyone's bucket list.

  4. A Field Guide to Mountain Thunderstorms: Staying Safe in the High Country

    Mountains in summer are essentially storm nurseries—if you head above timberline, you need to be prepared and sufficiently humble. Here's how.

  5. Why National Monuments Matter: A Call for Public Comments

    The Trump Administration has ordered an unprecedented "review" of dozens of U.S. National Monuments, seeking to roll back federal protection for existing public lands. Here's why that would be a tragic and short-sighted decision.

  6. On Being Lost in the Backcountry

    Getting lost in the wilderness is a frightening experience, no question—it’s also just about inevitable every once in awhile. Here are some things you should know.

  7. 11 Amazing Places to See Along the Washington Coast

    Rugged, remote, and wild, the Washington Coast is one of the most gorgeous strips of land in the country. Here are some of its can't-miss destinations.

  8. Snowshoeing in Mount Rainier National Park [Photos]

    If winter has you missing longer days and mountain hikes, strap on a pair of snowshoes and experience this majestic national park in the off-season, when it's covered in snow and devoid of summer crowds.

  9. 6 Days, 80 Miles: Backpacking a Wild Section of the Pacific Northwest Trail

    Weaving through Washington's Pasayten Wilderness, the Boundary Trail is an 80-mile section of the larger Pacific Northwest Trail, and it's highly worth the weeklong trip.

  10. Great Whites and Great Waves: A Surf Road Trip from Seattle to San Francisco

    From being pummeled and humbled along to Oregon Coast, to encountering great white sharks, here's a glimpse into a six-day surf road trip from Seattle to San Francisco.

  11. Mountain Biking the Adventure Route of the Olympic Discovery Trail

    Just north of Olympic National Park, the Adventure Route of the Olympic Discovery Trail is one of the best mountain bike trails in the Olympic Peninsula, offering riders 25-miles of pristine Pacific Northwest singletrack.

  12. An Overnight Paddling Escape in the San Juan Islands

    Who needs a ferry? We paddled from Anacortes to James Island on 17-foot sea kayaks, camping overnight at its secluded Cascadia Marine Trail tent site.

  13. How to Thru-Hike the Enchantments Without an Overnight Permit

    Welcome to the Enchantments, arguably the most coveted, and highly regulated, backpacking destination in Washington—where you need a nearly-impossible-to-acquire overnight permit to explore....Or do you?

  14. Visiting Goldmyer Hot Springs: Western Washington's Natural Spa

    After decades of neglect and overuse, Goldmyer Hot Springs today is a tiny, steaming oasis in the middle of Western Washington's temperate rainforests.

  15. An Ode to the Otherworldly Snowpeaks of the Pacific Northwest

    The High Cascade snowpeaks of the Pacific Northwest are unlike any other mountain range in the world. Here, we take a closer look and gain a deeper appreciation for these otherworldly peaks.

  16. Planning a Trip to Hawaii? There’s Something You Need to Know

    Ahhh, Hawaii. Let’s just say it’s not known as “The Paradise of the Pacific” for nothing. But with the ongoing threat of mosquito-borne illnesses, there are things you need to know before you book your trip.

  17. 7 Reasons to Travel to a Copa America 2016 Game

    The oldest international soccer tournament runs through June 26. Here's why you should travel to see a Copa America 2016 game.

  18. An Insider’s Guide to the Best Camping Spots in Washington State

    From alpine peaks to tide pools, Washington has a spectacular variety when it comes to the best camping spots in the state.

  19. 5 Rarely-Traveled Day Hikes in Olympic National Park

    From secret rainforests to secluded summits, here's a sampling of some of the least-traveled trails in Olympic National Park.

  20. Mount Townsend

    Mount Townsend offers 360 degree panoramic views of nearly all of Western Washington and southwestern British Columbia, an absolute must-visit for anyone in the Seattle area.

  21. Wild Sky Wilderness: A Serene Outdoor Escape In Seattle's Backyard

    Just 90 minutes from Seattle, the protected Wild Sky Wilderness beckons with old growth forests, alpine lakes, and a welcome retreat into nature.

  22. Trail Running to the Beat of a Drum in Olympic National Park

    This is the story of Korey Konga—a Pacific Northwest ultra runner with an insatiable appetite for trail running the 900-miles of trails in Olympic National Park.

  23. Ride Around the Sound: One of the Pacific Northwest's Most Beautiful Rides

    Sign up now for Ride Around the Sound on Sept. 19, which features one of the most beautiful cycling routes in the Pacific Northwest.

  24. The Lay of the Land: An Encompassing Overview of Olympic National Park

    From spruce rainforests to soaring mountain peaks, Olympic National Park is a place of spectacular ecological diversity. Here is an encompassing roundup of its basic natural geography.

  25. Mailbox Peak—the Old Trail: Seattle's Most Technical Peak

    No Seattle-area hike is more legendary than the old trail up Mailbox Peak, with an elevation gain of 4,000 feet in over just 2.5 miles.

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