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When it comes to fields of tulips and the scent of spring, your mind may first go to the Netherlands. However, if an international journey isn’t in the cards this time of the year there’s always tulips to be seen here at home in the nifty fifty, as Washington state is pretty good at showing off their green thumb.
The Skagit Tulip Festival runs all month long around Mount Vernon, Washington, but obviously a lot of the blossoms and what not depend on how Mother Nature is feeling. Things are a little bit different than most festivals, as there’s not really just one location or thing to see—you visit to kind of see everything. Drive through the area and the different fields and farms, and enjoy the tulips as they make their debut after a long winter. There’s hundreds of acres of fields and flowers, so we don’t think you’ll be disappointed that there’s no food court.
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State fair season rolls along into September, as the fried food continues to attract visitors from all over the place. There’s a whole bunch of them taking place this month, so we though we’d take a minute to give you a quick rundown. So if you’re looking for rides, attractions, and way too many calories, here’s our picks for three spots to spend your September.
Kansas State Fair
For those yearning for a visit to the fair this weekend, look no further than the action taking place beginning on September 6 and running through September 15. Advance admission costs $6, and that will get you into the gates over in Hutchinson, Kansas. As far as special stuff is concerned they’ve got their share of headlining acts, as Kansas—the band—kicks things off on September 6 and Toby Keith visits on September 15. These options will set you back at least $13 and $20, respectively. There’s still time to enter for some of the fair’s annual competitions, so may we suggest the Kansas State Armwrestling Championships? It’s $10 to enter, and it all takes place on September 8. We guess that’s one way to burn off some of those fair food calories.
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September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano.
Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
Interstate 5 between Seattle and Bellingham had something of a major problem just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. As you've probably heard, the Skagit River Bridge collapsed into the water below, but thankfully the injuries were minor considering the situation. Now it’ll be weeks before some temporary supports and spans can be hoisted into place, so in the interim travelers must take the long way or call up Alaska Airlines.
The carrier is looking to help out those stuck by the bridge collapse, and they’re offering up special fares between Bellingham and Seattle. As they put it, they’re helping to “bridge the gap,” and the one-way specials begin at $99 each way.
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Think you can't have a culturally rich volunteer experience in the US? Think again. Global Citizens Network's 2013 schedule includes trips to Washington and Minnesota that match volunteers with local Native American tribes and provide an opportunity to not only give back, but also learn about their unique cultures.
The White Earth Reservation, located in Becker, Clearwater, and Mahnomen counties in north-central Minnesota, welcomes volunteers in partnership with the White Earth Land Recovery Project/Native Harvest. GCN participants will work on various projects, including cultural initiatives with the youth group and refurbishing/painting community buildings, while visiting the Reservation.
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After (probably) staying up late last night and biting off all of your fingernails, Election 2012 finally came to an end with the result that there won't be any packing up going on in the White House.
Here at Jaunted, we always look at the travel angle and, of course, there was a huge issue to watch: that of gay marriage. Four states Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washingtonhad a proposal on the ballot for the legalization of same-sex marriage. In all four states it passed and now happy couples of all sorts can say their "I dos" in each (not to mention a few others). This ultimately opens up the possibility of gay marriage travel and honeymoon travel. And voila, you have the travel angle.
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Vineyards and wineries just haven’t been the same ever since liquids at the airport became illegal contraband. Sure you could always check your souvenir bottles, but there’s always those pesky baggage fees—not to mention you need to pack it up all snug and tight. Alaska Airlines isn’t going to pack your bags for you, but if you’re flying out of certain cities they’ll be happy to check all your wine bottles and they’ll do it for free.
As part of a clever tourism campaign known as “Taste and Tote,” Alaska Airlines will be offering to check one case of wine at no charge to its passengers. Participating airports are in Washington State and include spots like Walla Walla, Yakima, and Pasco/Tri-Cities.
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Summer has finally arrived, and the need to cool off with a refreshing adult beverage is now almost a daily necessity. There’s plenty of events from which to choose where you can celebrate lagers, ales, and everything in between, but we think these three beer festivals are worth your time this June::
Houston Beer Festival
On June 9 the city of Houston gets ready to raise their glasses, and they’ll be doing their thing between 10am and 11pm. Of course there will be plenty of samples and sips to take in at the city’s Hermann Square Park, but there’s even a theme to go along with the festival—this year they’re going with a Mardi Gras motif. In addition to the beer organizers promise plenty of live local music and plenty of food options for when your belly needs something a little more substantial than another sudsy sample.
Tickets will set you back $25 and that will get you 10 tickets that you can exchange for 2.5 ounce samples, as well as a festival guide and snazzy wristband. There will also be $10 options available on the day of the event that you can exchange straight up for beer samples. The festival is expecting 13,000 beer enthusiasts to invade the park this weekend, so you might need to make a game plan if you’re going to attend. There’s a pretty decent map telling you where all the breweries will be doing their thing, so be sure to think ahead if you want to sip and sample options from Abita, Dogfish Head, Jester King, Left Hand, Southern Star, and plenty more.
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This week the Sasquatch! Festival announced their 2012 lineup featuring some old favorites, like Jack White and Beck, as well as newer groups like Bon Iver.
The tenth incarnation of the fest, which will be held on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-28) at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, will also bring the laughs with comedy acts like Tenacious D, the Portlandia duo of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, and comedians Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, and Rob Delaney.
Four-day passes for Sasquatch! start at $315 (which includes standard camping) and go on sale Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Also, for the first time this year, festival goers will be able to come and go with a wristband allowing re-entry to the festival grounds.
For more information about the fest line-up or buying tickets, visit sasquatchfestival.com.
They’re all part of one big happy family that is the US Military, but when it comes to football, members of the Army and Navy are far from friends. For the like one millionth time—actually it’s the 112th meeting—the two military academies are set to meet for a little game of football on December 10, just outside Washington DC.
The game has a long history of being played in Philadelphia, but this year a change of venue brings the teams—and the fans—to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. That won’t stop military men and women from making the road trip out to the DC suburbs to cheer for their respective branch of the Armed Services.
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We've spent the last few years tracking how private space tourism is becoming a capital-T Thingand of course now that the space shuttle program is dead, private space flight is for better or worse the only game in town.
You might also remember a post from last year about commercial space travel company Space Adventures, which inked a deal with Boeing for vehicles that could be shot into low-earth orbit. We speculated at the time that the world was still many years from regular launches, both because it takes time to build spaceships and because we still don't really have the infrastructure to launch them.
All of that aside, we're certainly getting closer. There are now contests springing up promising to send lucky winners into space, with the latest coming from the team behind the Seattle Space Needle. The iconic tourist attraction was built for the 1962 World's Fair and, as its 50th anniversary celebration approaches, organizers want to recapture some of that futuristic magic.
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Today is going to be a long day—literally—as the sun does its thing in the northern hemisphere longer than any other day this year. All that sunshine brings out the crazy and fun in people across the country, and there are plenty of festivals and gatherings to celebrate the season. Here’s just three of the best that you can attend this week and this weekend:
· Skandia Folkdance Society's Midsommarfest:
Citizens of the Seattle area are ready to celebrate the summer solstice this weekend along with their Swedish heritage at this year’s Midsommarfest. The area’s Skandia Folkdance Society is responsible for the seasonal celebration this weekend, as visitors and locals are invited to welcome the arrival of summer at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, Washington.
The fun begins around 11am local time on Sunday, June 26 with plenty of music, folk dancing, flower crowns, and food; however, the main event happens at about 2:30 in the afternoon. That’s when the grand parade is in full swing and everyone gathers around to witness the raising of the majstång—that’s the garlanded midsommar pole and not something from IKEA. Admission to the event is free, as is parking, so if you’re in the area and want to celebrate a little summer and a little Scandinavia this is probably a must see.