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Seattle’s top three, drive through Christmas light displays

Driving through Seattle neighborhood holiday light displays is one of the easiest, cheapest and most fun ways to “get in the spirit.” When my kids were at home, every year we went out looking at lights on Christmas Eve. We would listen to Christmas music on the radio and snack on popcorn and goodies in […]

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Building a carousel dream in Albany

The Albany Carousel was made possible by private donations and volunteers who helped create the restoration of an historic 1909 Dentzel Carousel over 15 years. Though the framework is all original, each rideable creature— from a giraffe to a mermaid-horse to a giant bunny—is new and hand-carved by (amateur) volunteers from the community. The Carousel […]

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Cascade Raptor Center expands

The Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon, recently purchased four- and-a-half additional acres with the goal of expanding their parking, adding a new visitors center and some additional enclosures in the coming years. The center features one of the largest collections of native raptor species in the Pacific Northwest. The year-round volunteer-based nonprofit’s focus is […]

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Attractions Oregon

Beautiful, peaceful Manzanita

By Greg Johnson, ActiveLifestylesNW.com travel writer Manzanita is a beautiful, peaceful Oregon coastal town located 15 miles south of Cannon Beach. It is also the town ravaged by a 130-mph tornado in October 2016. The tornado damaged homes, businesses and ripped off a store roof. Yet the town has recovered beautifully. Driving north into the […]

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Attractions Outdoor Activities Washington

Spokane’s Riverfront Park gets major facelift

Caption: Huntington Park on the Spokane River. With a $64-million Riverfront Park renovation, the park now has a new skate ribbon, Looff Carrousel building, Howard Street Bridge Promenade and updated SkyRide. Work has progressed to the Pavilion. The old IMAX theater was torn down and the Pavilion is currently being transformed into an open-air event […]

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Biking Beyond self-guided bike tour in Olympia

Photo caption: The Tenino Quarry Pool was originally a working Sandstone Quarry in the late 1800s. The self-guided bike tour, Biking Beyond, takes visitors along the Yelm-Tenino Trail near Olympia, WA. Available in both digital and print format, the guide was created to assist guests in wayfinding. Points of interests range from recreation and family […]

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Museum explores POP culture

Editors Note: The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle is temporarily closed based on guidance from public health officials to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can support the museum by making a donation. The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP is a nonprofit museum dedicated to contemporary popular culture. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen founded […]

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Attractions Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities

Find your quiet retreat at Lava Lake

Lava Lake is a tranquil body of water surrounded by Mount Bachelor and the Three Sisters mountains in Central Oregon. The lake is usually offers excellent trout fishing and calmer afternoon winds on its west side for kayakers, paddle boarders and canoeists. There is also a small store, campgrounds and Little Lava Lake nearby. The […]

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Pilot Butte boasts spectacular mountain views

Hopefully, dogs and people will get to explore the trails to Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint again this summer. The butte, located in east Bend, offers panoramic views of the high desert and Oregon mountain peaks. Currently, COVID-19 has forced closure of the viewpoint. All Oregon state parks were closed March 23 until further notice. […]