Seattle's one of the USA's best cities for visitors, but the lures here are many: apple-growing & wine country, Mount Rainier and the Cascades mountains, the eco-wonderful San Juan Islands, and other cool cities like Spokane, Tacoma, and capital Olympia.

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A Washington State ranch in 'Fall for North America on these 8 Horse Ranch Holidays'

The foliage in and around the Okanogan Forest is a spectacular sight to behold during the autumn months, and K-Diamond-K Guest Working Ranch outside the town of Republic (some 2½ hours northwest of Spokane and five hours northeast of Seattle) backs onto its 954,409 acres. Simply hit the trail on a scenic ride or pony up with a purpose and help the wranglers round up the horses in the mornings and evenings. Alternatively, savour the season's delicious hues while fly fishing (lakes and streams…

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Washington State cited in 'Getting to Know the USA's Tribal Peoples'

As most of us know, today is Columbus Day in the United States and other countries, and Indigenous People's Day in much of Latin America, marking the 528th anniversary of the Christopher Columbus expedition's first landing in the Americas (actually 12 October), on the coast of Hispaniola, the Caribbean island home to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Of course, many of the Amerindian tribes that were already living here when the Spaniards arrived are still part of the societies that evolved…

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4 Best Places to Build Your Vacation Home in Washington State

Greetings!If you spend your holidays in Washington State and if you are willing to build your vacation home in Washington State, then you must consider the following 4 places. You can use these vacation homes for personal or commercial purposes, but yes, it is worth investing in.Leavenworth: It is one of the finest cities in Washington, where you can spend both summers and winters in your vacation home. It is known for its festivals like Bavarian Ice Festival, Maifest, Autumn Leaf Festival, and…

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5 Top Spots in Washington State for Camping and Hiking

With lush landscapes characterized by forests, deep fjords, and numerous lakes, Washington State the most northernly state in the continental US, and boasts some of the country's most scenic parks.  (Some of the hiking in these parks is quite remote. I would highly recommend using a GPS device or a hiking watch that has GPS so you don’t get lost. If you plan on camping in the parks, keep in mind there are few if any facilities and you will need to bring in your own shelter. I would recommend…

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  • Beyond its cities, this gem of the Pacific Northwest is packed with great ecotourism opportunities, and a good black travel site I follow,, recently highligted q quintet of them:
  • Guest (aka dude) ranches for horseback riding vacations are all over the west, but the Evergreen State hardly springs to mind when it comes to them. But yes, there are a couple of good ones here, both in the northeast corner:
    Washington State Dude Ranches
  • The San Juan Islands, a 2½-hour drive north of Seattle, are among this state's loveliest corners, and a website called recently came up with a rundown of the best stuff to do out here;
  • Sunset just came out with a good rundown on more than a dozen of Seattle's top spots to visit:
  • Leavenworth is one of the towns recently cited by Afar magazine as the USA's most picturesque, "Old-World"-favored spots to hit the slopes:
    Can’t Make It to the Alps? Visit One of America’s European-Inspired Ski Towns
    Get your fondue, mulled wine, and après-ski fix at some of the country’s first ski resorts.
  • I had to laugh when I saw this hed, but it seems the locals have embraced this as a self-derprecating tagline. And the piece makes clear, it's actually a pretty cool place! ttps://
    Spokane Doesn’t Suck, Really
    It’s an unofficial slogan adopted by many locals but it’s very much an understatement, as this is a city with a multitude of options.
  • Here are some cool insider tips from Seattle locals:
    10 Mistakes Tourists Make While Visiting Seattle
    Emerald City locals share the faux pas they often see visitors committing.
  • What is it that makes most West Coast ballparks inferior to the rest of the country? Except for one, western teams just don't seem to hit the sweet spot when it comes to stadium design or fan experience. This week's update for the Fields of Dreams at The World on Wheels is an example. A new stadium that just dulls the senses. It's Safeco Field in Seattle.

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • Finishing up the week of Seattle at The World on Wheels with some Puget Sound island hopping and getting some taxi revenge karma heading back to the airport:

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
  • This week's transit update at The World on Wheels takes us to the lovely city of Seattle:

    The World on Wheels
    An ongoing adventure of travel and living while using a wheelchair. Tim has been disabled from birth. Darryl is his father and caregiver who travel…
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