Exploring Elbe, Washington

On our recent weekend getaway to Mt. Rainier National Park we made a loop through the park, entering via the northern entrance and leaving via the western entrance. This route is ideal if you’re heading to the park in the morning because the road follows the sun, meaning Mt. Rainier’s summit is perfectly lit as …

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Allegheny National Forest and the Kinzua Bridge

My winter roadtrip from NYC through Montreal, Ottawa, and Kingston on my way to Ohio concluded with a night in the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania and a morning stop at the Kinzua Bridge State Park. It took me about six hours to drive from Kingston, Ontario, to Westline, Pennsylvania via Syracuse where I grabbed …

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The Road Less Traveled: Driving Route 2 Along Glacier National Park

If you’re considering a trip to Glacier National Park, I absolutely recommend you experience Going to the Sun road in both directions—there is a reason it’s one of the top things to do when you visit the park. However, I also recommend you consider experiencing the park from a road less traveled—U.S. highway 2. We …

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Travel by Train: Overnight Adventures on Amtrak

It wasn’t until we moved to the Greater Seattle Area that we spent any effort investigating the benefits of train travel as a viable means for exploring this new area of the world we call home. While purchasing rail passes and mapping out stations and time tables has been a no-brainer when we travel abroad—and …

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Train Travel: Railroads and Rail History in Portland

One of my favorite ways to experience Portland is to visit via train. A 3.5-hour Amtrak ride from Edmonds to Portland and we have a weekend getaway without the hassle or cost of driving in crazy traffic and fighting to find parking in a city that’s completely walkable/trolley-able! On our last trip to Portland we …

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Washington Hikes: Lime Kiln Trail

Although it's not Brian's preference, some weekends we opt for length over gain when it comes to selecting a hike. That was the case when we landed on exploring the Lime Kiln Trail near Granite Falls. We ended up loving this snowy, seven-mile round-trip trek along an abandoned 1800s railway bed to a historic lime …

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Trains and Treats in Snoqualmie and Issaquah

I've been wanting to explore the Snoqualmie/ Issaquah area for quite some time. While we've taken friends and family to the falls, we never seem to be in the area long and we really haven't spent any time in either town. Fall seemed like the perfect time to check out both places, with the leaves …

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Discovering Downtown Vancouver

We recently traveled to Vancouver for a quick weekend away with our friends. After an incredible Saturday exploring Stanley Park and the West End, I was looking forward to our second and final day trekking around downtown and over to Granville Island before catching our late-afternoon train home. I woke up early Sunday morning and …

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Vancouver: Stanley Park and the West End

We love Vancouver, British Columbia! We've traveled there several times via car and train, exploring different neighborhoods downtown as well as Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the North Shore and more. It doesn't matter how many times we go--we always discover something new. For the most part Brian and I have gone together or …

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Learning Railroad History in Toppenish, Washington

We spent a lovely long weekend in Yakima Valley for our anniversary, tasting incredible wine, eating amazing food, and exploring a new part of Washington. On Saturday we had an entire day of wine tasting planned in the Rattlesnake Hills wine region and knew we would need some other activities to break up all our winery visits. …

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