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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, itís relatively close to Seattle; about an hourís 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, itís always a good idea to have a rainy-day backup plan. If you want to see some nature but the weatherís not cooperating, stop by the Pacific Science Center and head straight for the Tropical Butterfly Garden. This name is no joke; even if itís 20 degrees outside, itíll 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 nowís 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: An Urban Foraging Staycation

September 24, 2014 at 4:22 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.

Farm-to-table is still ubiquitous in the food world, as is foraging. But for people who want to eat locally-harvested food while still hanging out in an urban area, the Hunt Club restaurant at First Hillís Sorrento Hotel offers a first-of-its-kind ďurban foragingĒ package.

The restaurantís chef, Dan Gilmore, only allows 2-4 people per day to take part in the experience due to its hands-on approach and customized meal. It begins with a trip to nearby Volunteer Park, where Gilmore educates you about different kinds of edible plants and how to recognize them.

Next up is a trip to the local farmerís market, where you can pick out whatever you want—from fish to vegetables to famous Washington State cherries and huckleberries—to become part of your dinner that night.

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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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Forget Central Park and Pack a Picnic for These 6 Semi-Secret NYC Parks

June 18, 2013 at 11:46 AM | by | Comments (0)

Maybe it's not your first time to New York City. Maybe you're sick of the sweaty scene at Central Park. Maybe heading off to the end of the subway line in another borough sounds cool. Whatever the reason, you've just got to check out these six semi-secret city parks in the Big Apple.

Note that these six are not just some we're listing off because we've been once or twice; all of them we frequent on the regular, after having had our fill of Bryant Park, Central Park, Battery Park and the other usual suspects. We're not even sure it's wise to spread the word since there's the chance you could end up sitting on our favorite bench, but that's a chance we'll happily take if it means you'll stray from the beaten tourist path every so often.

Our 6 secret NYC parks are:

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Now's the Time to Visit the US' Newest National Park, 'Pinnacles'

February 12, 2013 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

If youíre still planning to take advantage of the National Park Serviceís free entrance days this year, then weíve got another place to add to your national park to-do list. The next time the free days come alongóthatís April 22 through April 26ówe're thinking checking out the countryís newest national park might just be a good idea. Pinnacles National Park is hardly the new kid on the block, but after being a national monument since the early 1900s, it just got the upgrade into a full-fledged national park last month.

If youíre keeping track itís certainly the newest national park, and itís number 59 overall. We do apologize in advance if youíve been to all of the national parks, but it looks like you need to head back outdoors to score one more stamp in your national park passport.

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Yet Another New Life for Chicago's Old Waterfront Airport

August 3, 2012 at 1:10 PM | by | Comments (2)

If you're old enough or just Chicago enough, you'll have heard of the saga of Chicago's Meigs Field/Northerly Island. In 1933, this bit of land that jutted out from downtown Chicago was made the center of the World's Fair. In 1948, the land became the single runway airport Meigs Field, which was controversially closed for good in 2003 when Chicago's mayor Daley tore up the runways in the middle of the night, with the aim of making it a park according to the 1909 plan of Chicago's city planner, Daniel Burnham.

We last visited the finished park in spring 2010, enjoying a leisurely stroll on paths surrounded by prairie grass, where once was a runway. We even peeked into the closed '60s-era terminal that still stands. Well, it turns out that isn't the finished product at all, as Chicago has even more ambitious plans for the manmade island-turned airport-turned park.

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NYC's High Line Elevated Park is Complete and Awesome: Photos from Opening Day

June 13, 2011 at 1:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

Amazing. Free. Fragrant. Sexy. Refreshing. At least one of these adjectives you'll find yourself uttering after stepping up onto New York City's latest public attraction: the completed northern half of the elevated High Line Park. Built in the 1930s to transport freight through the warehouses of the west side of Manhattan, the High Line is an elevated rail track that stretches from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District up to West 34th Street. The last train traveled its scenic route in 1980, and since then proposals for its future have included everything from completely disassembling it to turning it into a mile-long lap pool.

Even though such a pool seemed like a better idea on the 95-degree sunny day, thousands turned up to check the place out. And just as we did almost two years ago to the day when the lower half debuted, we climbed the stairs from the noisy and hot streets of Manhattan into another world. Our verdict? YOU. GOTTA. GO.

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Hidden London: Walking the Regent's Canal Towpath to the River Thames

Where: Regent's Canal Towpath, London, United Kingdom
May 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

London is a city that lends itself well to bipedal exploration, whether via itinerated walking tour or aimless wandering. Of the many routes visitors can traverse, the Regents Canal towpath is not a particularly pretty or popular one among tourists. The canal itself is littered, its waters a muddy blue-green, the trail often buzzing on weekends as cyclists and walkers compete for territorial dominance.

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