Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate. All national parks, including Mount Rainier National Park, will waive entrance fees on...
Magical Mount Rainier: Hike, Camp and Explore in...
Southwest Washington is a prime gateway to one of the Northwest’s most picturesque and expansive national parks, making Mount Rainier a perfect getaway for those wishing to...
2016 Events: Southwest Cascade
Packwood Mountain Festival and Fun Run Packwood, Wash. April 29-May 1, 2015 | whitepasscountrymuseum.org For three days at the end of April and beginning of May, the Packwood...
Mount St. Helens: Welcome to Volcano Country
The rapid recovery of the ecosystem surrounding Mount St. Helens makes it hard to believe the volcano erupted only 36 years ago. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic...
Lewis County Sites to See
Seminary Hill Natural Area This 72-acre hillside is dense with second-growth trees and carefully tended hikes. Even in the heat of summer, the canopy of fir, maple and cedar...
A Very Vibrant Shopping Scene in the Twin Cities
Centralia Perhaps the most well-known shopping opportunity in the county known to people outside the local area, the Centralia Factory Outlet, offers more than 30 outlet...
Arts Scene Finds Renewed Life in Lewis County
The budding visual and theatre arts scene in Lewis County has plenty to offer, from stage shows to movies at local landmarks, bringing families yet another entertainment...
Fun and Frivolity That’s Family Friendly
Great Wolf Lodge The Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, which opened in March 2008, offers more than the average hotel stay. The lodge features an enormous indoor water park,...
Take a Tour of Your State Capitol
A Visit to the Picturesque and Historic State Capitol in Olympia Is a Must Washington State Capitol 215 Sid Snyder Ave. SW, Olympia Open year-round tours@des.wa.gov Tour...
2016 Events: Lewis County
Pe Ell River Run Pe Ell to Rainbow Falls State Park Second weekend in April There’s no handbook for how to manage the Pe Ell River Run. This informal splash of an event...
2016 Events: Thurston / South Pierce County
Roy Pioneer Rodeo 8710 Higgins Greig Road, Roy June 4-5, Sept. 3-4 | royrodeo.com The Roy Pioneer Rodeo covers two weekends, June 4-5, as well as Sept. 3-4, and the outdoor...
Sites to See: Thurston / South Pierce County
Olympia Farmers Market April – Oct., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday – Sunday Nov. through Dec., Saturday and Sunday 700 N Capitol Way, Olympia...
Father-Daughter Pacific Crest Trail Journey...
For a Washington father and daughter taking on the challenge of hiking from Mexico to Canada, the highest point in the “Lower 48” turned out to be the lowest...
Top 10 Hikes at Mount Rainier
As summer gives way to fall, opportunities to enjoy a hike without pesky precipitation are limited.  Follow this guide by Visit Rainier, and enjoy all that Mount Rainier...
Napavine Cyclist Goes Border to Border
To celebrate her 60th birthday this year, Melody Geddes, of Napavine, decided it was time to stop looking at the map of an epic bicycle ride that had piqued her interest and...
Harvesting More Than Apples
Onalaska Alliance president Cathy Murphy recalls not sleeping well the night before the inaugural Apple Harvest Festival. She was worried, she recalled, that no one...
Harvest Dinner Focuses on Fresh, Seasonal
The hot, dry summer that ran rampant across home gardens also made the growing season difficult for local farmers. Berries were over in a mere blink. Lettuce has already...
Keeper of the Winlock Chickens
For a clue to the age old conundrum of, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” we can take a cue from the South Lewis County burg of Winlock. Winlock is a...
Feathered Friends Flock to Fair
Keith Chadd has always loved pigeons. He found his first bird when he was 5 years old, in Coos Bay, Ore. His parents were chopping wood on the beach and he crawled underneath...
Mount St. Helens: Welcome to Volcano Country
Walk in the Wake of Mother Nature’s Terrific Power, 35 Years After the 1980 Mount St. Helens Eruption The rapid recovery of the ecosystem surrounding Mount St. Helens...