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There’s more than just the San Juan Islands when it comes to escaping for a little rest and relaxation out in the Pacific Northwest, and now there’s a new ferry to help you escape for the weekend, the season, or just the workday.
Those in search of the awesomeness that is new ferry smell should set their sights on Whidbey Island, as there’s some new back and forth service thanks to Tokitae.
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According to the calendar we’re just days away from the start of the summer season, and that means it’s time to turn our attention towards some great warm weather destinations. So get out on the water, wave goodbye to the mainland, and set you watch to island time.
What Are The San Juan Islands?
They might not be that lesser known to those in the know over in the Pacific Northwest, but if you asked some one on the other side of the country—there’s a likelihood they’d mumble something about the time they went to Puerto Rico. The San Juan Islands are off the coast of Washington, as they do the archipelago thing between there and British Columbia.
How To Get There
There’s many islands doing their thing within the chain, but only four are readily available to you thanks to little ferry fun. The Washington State Department of Transportation is all over it, and they’ll take you to spots like Lopez Island, Orcas Island, and Shaw Island—among some other spots. Head over here for the full schedule and rundown, and note that fares are going to depend on your destination and what not. The trip starts at around $13 per passenger between Anacortes and Friday Harbor, but just be aware that fares are not collected in the opposite direction.
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.