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14 Ways to Celebrate Pride in Seattle This Year

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate and show your support for the LGBTQIA community, we’ve got the scoop on kid-friendly events around the Emerald City.

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11 Fun & Free Things to Do with Kids in LA in November

Outdoor art classes, awesome fall hikes, can’t-miss virtual festivals and more!

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New Shows & Movies Coming to Disney+ in August

From insider sneak peeks to anticipated adaptations, here’s what the Mouse has in store for you this month.

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Rapid City to Sioux Falls: South Dakota’s Great American Road Trip

World-renowned national monuments, historic landmarks and stunning landscapes combined with outdoor activities galore and quirky roadside attractions make The Mount Rushmore State the ultimate family road trip destination.

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Giant Gingerbread, Carols, and More at Squaw Creek

Whenever we see a contemporary take on Christmas or a modern spin on holiday merriment, well. We’re enchanted. We like the minimalist trees and gewgaws and such. But, honest? We tend to return to the classic ways a lot of…

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Giants Lurk Outside Your Lodge

There’s a reason so many scary movies take place in the woods: owls chirp, the undergrowth rustles, trees sway and form shadows. Of course, we needn’t go looking for mysteries in the forest; the forest itself is the character, and,…

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Half Moon Bay's Giant Pumpkins

Just about every town, even the major urban centers, rustles up a pumpkin festival in the days leading up to Halloween. But few burgs are famous for not simply their fests but the size of the gourds that roll in.…

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Julian Apple Days

With the first day of fall — that’s Saturday, Sept. 22 — come thoughts of getting one’s fall experience in. And while that can be a bit tricky if you live beach- and/or palm-adjacent, at least in the traditional fall…

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Bark in the Park

What’s the mark of a seriously infatuated dog owner? Nope, it isn’t the propensity to purchase costumes outside of the traditional Halloween-buying costume season. Nope, it isn’t a personalized dog bed in every room of the apartment. We believe it…

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Art in the Trees

Our state boasts a bevy of art festivals, and while the setting of each fest isn’t necessarily the important thing, it can matter. Is it a fun place to chill out? Does the art display well there? Is the lighting…

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Tall Ship Fleet at the Festival of Sail

It’s pretty much a fact that one tall ship will draw a crowd of people on land over to a dock for a better look. Two tall ships? All the cameras and camera phones are out and pointed at the…

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Wild Horse Sanctuary Open House

If you are a horse out galloping about in nature, you might want to think about trotting by Shingletown, which is a bit east of Redding. That’s the home of The Wild Horse Sanctuary, where some 80 animals, once slated…

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Meet the Aquarium’s Newest Giant

It heartens us when we see families load up the ol’ wood-paneled wagon — or, nowadays, we suppose, the hybrid SUV — and find the last remaining drive-in theaters still showing summertime movies. Kids should wear pajamas and fall asleep…

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Didn’t Get Away This Summer? There’s Still Time.

It is just about the time people see the pink erasers return to the shelves in bulk — by the way, isn’t that a cheerful sight, pink erasers in bulk — that they start asking each other where the summer…

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Garlic Lovers’ Big Weekend

When you live in a state that is as produce-plentiful as California, you come across a lot of weekend parties that spotlight a particular area’s particular agricultural offering. Meaning the Golden State basically has some single-food party going on every…

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Cartwheeling, Clownery and Comedy: Santa Cruz Fringe Festival

No one will get all blustery if we were to describe the Edinburgh Fringe Festival as the most famous fringe festival on the planet, right? Good, because the spirit of fringe and the fuss of bluster absolutely do not go…

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Worth the Drive: Rare First for a California Aquarium

Ask anyone who has owned a home aquarium this question: Is it a snap to keep and care for the creatures of the deep? The answer is, of course, no, it is not, not if it is done properly. But…

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Party With Walt Disney in San Francisco

Do your kids know the words to “A Whole New World” or “Be Our Guest” by heart? If they do, chances are your kids are quite the Disney fans. While you may have checked out the Disney museum once or…

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Worth the Drive: Channel Islands Adventure

Certainly someone somewhere has done a study on how travelers approach the various national parks of California (we picture them doing this study while wearing a very smart and crisp ranger uniform). Visitors to the redwoods might make a point…

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A Yosemite Retreat Gets an Outside Makeover

When you think of a hotel’s pool renovation, and new loungers, and a new bar area, you might be forgiven for thinking of a property in the desert, maybe Palm Springs, maybe Las Vegas. But when a mountain lodge pool…

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Worth the Drive: Gilroy Garlic Festival

California pretty much has a food festival for every single vegetable and fruit grown within her fair borders and sometimes multiple festivals for a single foodstuff. Yep, we’re thinking of avocados and strawberries, which seem to be feted somewhere pretty…

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New Adventure Yurts

Some people listen to a favorite song when stuck in traffic. Others whistle or think about a favorite memory. Us? We like to daydream about potential vacations. Vacations where we can hike and stare at seashells in our hand for…

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Movies in the Mark: Cinema with a View

True, we’re about to talk about a weekly event at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, which is technically inside the city (spoiler alert), but since we often talk hotels in this space, and any hotel visit counts as a getaway in…

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From Train to Kayaks: A Unique Outdoor Adventure

There are few pleasures in this world that can top riding in a type of vehicle or transport that you don’t ride in every day. If it is historic or storied or goes through beautiful country, so much the better.…

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Worth the Drive: Visit Baby Goats on Earth Day

Most visits to a winery tend to follow certain marks. You’re going to taste wine. You’re going to josh with the person pouring the wine and probably learn a few interesting factoids from that person as well. And you’ll probably…

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Worth the Drive: Flying Fish Festival

Some places are fortunate to boast one unusual local animal or species of wildlife. We’re talking here about actual animals here, not Bigfoot (but, honestly, if you’ve been up around beautiful Klamath or the Trees of Mystery, it is hard…

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Celebrate Earth Day at a National Park

The obvious answer to the question “where will you spend Earth Day” is, well, wait for it, the earth. (Unless you’re an astronaut or something; we won’t assume to know.) And while a day recognizing the importance of treating our…

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Worth the Drive: Santa Barbara Zoo Welcomes Baby Tamarins

Pretty much everyone is sweet on a particular beastie or two, and for various reasons. Perhaps the animal lives in the area in which we grew up; perhaps it is the first animal we remember seeing at safari park. Perhaps…

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Worth the Drive: New Jellies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

The recent news from the Monterey Bay Aquarium that Toola, “the most important animal in the aquarium’s sea otter program,” had died was certainly sad (the 28-year-old otter passed away due to “natural causes and infirmities of age.” But her…

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Worth the Drive: Historic Underground Tours

There are many storied cities in the Golden State, but Sacramento seems to have more stories than most. We don’t think it took another town’s share of tales — although we could all probably name a town or two that…

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Worth the Drive: Hummingbird Days in Santa Cruz

TRUE THINGS: If you’re going to hear an amazing, gasp-worthy fact, and it is going to be about a bird, there’s probably a 1 in 3 chance the bird in question will be a hummingbird (true, ostriches also fill our…

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Worth the Drive: Meet a New Sea Otter Pup

Not every denizen at an aquarium happens to be born at the aquarium. Take Pup 572, for example. He was found on a stretch of beach near Cayucos just after the new year. No mom was with the six-pound boy,…

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Worth the Drive: Yosemite’s Fire Waterfall

A waterfall, let us all agree, doesn’t need any gewgaws or extras cluttering up what it does best. What it does best, of course, is transport water from a higher area to a lower area at an impressively forceful and…

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Worth the Drive: Special Valentine’s Tour at Safari West

There aren’t too many events that take place at a zoo or animal park that are labeled “adults only.” Sure, that fancy annual gala that raises money for the institution tends to draw mainly grown-ups, but if a kid shows…

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