Pacific Northwest

Top 10 Things to do on San Juan Island

by Anthony Manzanares on July 9, 2018

Driftwood beach on san juan island

San Juan Island is the most populated of the 172 islands that make up Washington State’s [amazon_textlink asin=’163121425X’ text=’San Juan Islands’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thetravelersway-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’a11fd2fe-8164-11e8-97f3-65a33953446e’], and second in size, right behind Orcas Island. You’ll need to get to San Juan Island by air, by ferry, or, if you’re lucky enough, by private boat. Most residents […]


Jet Boating in Idaho’s Remote Hells Canyon

by Anthony Manzanares on July 17, 2015

A jet boating trip in Idaho’s Hells Canyon puts you right in the middle of one of the Northwest’s most remote areas. This awesome experience begins even before you get to the boat, though, because the route you travel to the south entrance from Oregon, the Hells Canyon Scenic Byway, is listed as a Top […]


8 Fun Facts About Things to Do and See in Idaho

by Mary Jo Manzanares on June 19, 2015

You take family vacations to have fun, see the sights, and enjoy quality time together, but it never hurts to learn a few things along the way. For instance, did you know that Idaho has a waterfall higher than Niagara Falls, river canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and an entire town on the National […]


Yaquina Lighthouse, Oregon

For over 150 years Newport, Oregon has been a premier beach destination for visitors and travelers from near and far. Located roughly in the center of the Oregon Coast, approximately 120 miles from Portland and 85 miles from Salem, Newport is the perfect destination for a quick visit or an extended stay. This quaint but modern […]


A Wintry Visit to Idaho’s Frozen North

by Susan McKee on February 2, 2015

Snow ghosts stood sentry on the mountain ridges above Lake Pend Oreille as I drove the two miles across Long Bridge into Sandpoint. In the Idaho panhandle, wintry storms are wet enough to cover the evergreens in a lasting crystal-white coating that shimmers in the brilliant blue sunshine. Up close, the trees look sturdy enough […]


Goonies House in Astoria Orego

Do you remember that ‘80s movie about a group of teenagers who were on a quest to retrieve forgotten treasures of a pirate named One-Eyed Willie? If you want to relive scenes from the hit movie “The Goonies”, spend some time touring around Astoria, Oregon, including a stop of at the Goonie House. Also check out […]


Tucked in along the hills of Ferndale, Washington, Red Barn Lavender Farm is a picture perfect look at the idyllic rural lifestyle.  Of course, a lot of hard work goes into the farm, which uses only natural and organic growing techniques. Throw is a view of Mt. Baker and you’ve got a beautiful environment – […]


How to Plan a Day at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo

by Mary Jo Manzanares on August 17, 2012

humboldt penguins at woodland park zoo seattle

Woodland Park Zoo, located in the Phinney Ridge area of Seattle, has been serving as the city’s zoo for over 100 years.  The zoo complex spreads out over 92 acres, and includes animals and exhibits, open space, a rose garden, many other gardens, administrative buildings and parking, and attracts over a million visitors a year.  Woodland […]

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If you take the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Bainbridge Island Ferry, and follow Highway 305 to Poulsbo, you will discover that much to your surprise you have arrived in Scandinavia. Well, not really, but it certainly looks like it. The elaborate Velkommen Poulsbo mural outside the Bakery Cafe certainly had you fooled. The floral patterns […]

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Seattle Gum Wall: An Unsanitary Attraction

by Mary Jo Manzanares on July 23, 2012

Seattle Gum Wall

Chewing gum.  On the wall.  That’s what the Seattle Gum Wall is all about.  It might seem like it’s more complicated that than, but that’s all it is – a wall full of chewing gum, accumulated over nearly a decade. The Gum Wall is located in Post Alley at the Pike Place Market, right outside […]