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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: A First-Time Tour to Mount Rainier

September 26, 2014 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Mt. Rainier is probably the most popular outdoorsy day-trip attraction for visitors to Seattle, and with good reason. For one, it’s relatively close to Seattle; about an hour’s drive, depending on traffic, will get you from downtown to the national park. For another, it offers a broad range of stuff to do for people of every ability level, from easy hikes to three-day peak climbs with ice axes and crampons.

The most popular and accessible entrance is the Nisqually Entrance. There, you can stop in at the Longmire Museum, which has exhibits on the flora and fauna in the area and gives some historical background on the Native Americans who lived there.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Tropical Butterfly Garden

September 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

In Seattle, it’s always a good idea to have a rainy-day backup plan. If you want to see some nature but the weather’s not cooperating, stop by the Pacific Science Center and head straight for the Tropical Butterfly Garden. This name is no joke; even if it’s 20 degrees outside, it’ll be nice and balmy in the butterfly garden, since many of the species come from warm climates.

The Science Center is more expensive than some other Seattle museums—$19.50 for an adult ticket—so if you have a moldy student ID around somewhere now’s the time to grab it. For obvious reasons, there will also be lots of kids around, so try to survey the scene when you arrive and check out other exhibits if the butterfly garden is filled up with a school group. Our favorite way to kill time is to check out some of the undersea creatures in the fake tidal pool, even though the cold water starts to get to you after a while.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: The Woodland Park Rose Garden

September 23, 2014 at 12:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

One of the best things about visiting Seattle is how much nature you can enjoy without ever leaving the city limits. There is, for example, the Woodland Park Rose Garden, located across the street from the entrance to the Woodland Hill Zoo. This lush location in the Green Lake or Wallingford neighborhoods (it depends who you ask) is completely free to the public and open from 7 AM until dusk every day, year round, rain or shine.

For an hour or half the day, the Rose Garden is an ideal spot for quiet time, reading, meeting up with friends, or just enjoying a nice day outside. There's also the added bonus of being among the first to spot new rose hybrids before they become publicly available, as the Woodland Park Rose Garden is one of the few certified Rose Test Gardens in the USA.

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Easy Day Trips from Seattle: A Total Beginner's Guide to Olympic National Park

September 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

Seattleites love spending time outside. This week, contributor Lilit Marcus shows how even the most indoorsy city kid can enjoy Seattle's outdoor gems without having to go on the advanced hike.

Olympic National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, which makes it an ideal spot for people crossing either national parks or UNESCO sites off of their to-do lists. Its size and distance from Seattle will make it just about impossible to visit without a car, so your best bet is to join up with a tour group.

The excellent but somewhat pricey Seattle-based EverGreenEscapes Tours (which I booked through Viator for $250 pp) will be happy to take you out for the day, an option which will free you from dealing with the logistics.

The adventure begins with a trip on the Bainbridge Island ferry, then a drive through Port Angeles to the park, with an arrival at the iconic Hurricane Ridge.

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Kick Off Fall Football Travel During the NFL Kickoff in Seattle

September 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready for some football? The season kickoff this Thursday over in Seattle, and the Seahawks are busy preparing for this perk, which comes as part of the reward for winning last season’s Super Bowl.

It’s not just football this week, as there’s a city-wide celebration surrounding the start of the season. The NFL will host concerts, something they call the "NFL Gameday Village," and plenty of family activities in advance of the season’s very first game.

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Training Camp Travel: How to Scope Out the Super Bowl Champs in Seattle

July 29, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:

In case you missed it earlier this year the Seattle Seahawks brought home their very first Super Bowl title after defeating the Denver Broncos in a big way. Now that’s all in the past, and the team is looking toward another winning season. Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, and Marshawn Lynch—well maybe, he’s holding out for a new contract—are all now warming up for the season, and you can check them out.

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Why Alaska Airlines is Spending Millions on Bicycles

May 9, 2014 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alaska Airlines is spreading its wings and venturing into another mode of transportation, as they’re kind of getting into the bicycle business. In actuality it’s more of a sponsorship deal—advertising their main business of flying to here and there—as they’re chipping in $2.5 million to help get the Seattle metro area’s bike share up and running later this year.

Pronto Emerald City Cycle Share will be similar to bike sharing systems set up in cities across the country and the globe, so we don’t bore your with all the nitty gritty details. Do note that organizers recognize that the city is a little more hilly than other metro areas, and they’re preparing the rental bikes to have a few more gears than in other cities and systems—seven to be exact.

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Why You'll Want to Pop into Seattle Airport's Newest Shop

May 2, 2014 at 8:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not everyday that a new record store opens up, and that’s especially the case over at the airport. Things are a little bit different over in Seattle—in a good way, of course—and the city’s airport just cut the ribbon on an outpost of the area’s famous Sub Pop Records right at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The independent label is bringing the sounds of Seattle right into the terminal and concourse, as the spot is now doing its thing within main terminal near the start of Concourse C. It debuted Thursday morning complete with a concert from singer songwriter Chad VanGaalen—signed to the Sun Pop Records label.

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Where and When to Join the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl Victory Parade

February 3, 2014 at 7:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Depending on whom you were pulling for last night, it was either one of the best Super Bowl games of all time—or one of the absolute worst. Either way it’s now time to celebrate, and the city of Seattle is ready to welcome home their Seahawks. It’s the very first championship for the organization, and only the second time a professional sports team will bring home a trophy to the city. Start working on your get out of work strategy, as this Wednesday is going to be the victory parade.

For those hoping to welcome the team home—you’re out of luck—as it sounds like there will not be an organized welcome home out at SeaTac Airport. However, the official celebration is scheduled for February 5, as things are going to kickoff at 11am local time.

The plan has the parade beginning on Fourth Avenue—south of like Denny Way—then running along Fourth Avenue for a couple of miles. The parade route will lead the team to their home at CenturyLink Field where the party and parade will end around 1:30pm.

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Seahawks Fans Score Special Alaska Airlines Service to the Super Bowl

January 24, 2014 at 8:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

For the last few weeks Alaska Airlines has been doing their best to help rescue Seattle Seahawks fans from around the country, as they’ve been flying them into town to join in on some of the game day activities. Along with Chief Football Officer—Russell Wilson—the airline is at again, and this time lucky winners just might be visiting New York and New Jersey in time for this year’s big game.

Partnering with the team's quarterback they’re calling the contest "Russell's 12th Fan Airlift,” and they’re randomly picking 56 lucky winners. Those lucky enough will score a pair of round-trip tickets on an Alaska Airlines flight over to Newark, New Jersey, as well as two nights accommodations during Super Bowl weekend. They’ll throw in access to a party over in Manhattan on the day of the game, but there’s one thing they just can’t give away—no tickets to the Super Bowl are included in this contest. That’s certainly a bummer, but we guess it’s better than nothing.

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Score a Free Uber Car to Seattle Airport, Thanks to Alaska Airlines

December 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news if you’re heading to the airport in the next couple of days, as Alaska Airlines might just help you get there. They’re definitely in the holiday spirit with their latest promotion; however, you do need to call the Seattle area home to get in on the deal.

Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the ride-share folks over at Uber, and they’re giving free rides to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The freebies are scheduled to run both today and tomorrow—December 23 and December 24—as travelers are welcome to a free one-way ride to the airport.

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What's the Deal with the Mummy Airplane at Seattle's Museum of Flight

January 15, 2013 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is the ghost of airplanes past. For real, though, this is a B-29 Bomber from World War II that's been literally kept under wraps for over a year, sitting between the parking lot of Seattle's Museum of Flight and the runways at Boeing Field.

Anyone who lives near a seasonal body of water (the Great Lakes, for example) has surely seen shrink-wrapped boats being transported or stored away for the winter. The same industrial wrap comes in handy for aircraft; just Google Image search "shrink-wrap airplane" to see shots like this, of bound-up Blackhawk helicopters on a barge.

But back to the Bomber.

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