Orcas Island Sunset From Eastsound

Orcas Island sunset

Our time in the Pacific Northwest centered on Seattle and Vancouver was filled with great adventures in the beautiful region. But our favorite moment was spending time on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The colors were magnificent, and the views from our inn in Eastsound were superb. Here is just a sample.

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Previewing Five Best Pacific Northwest Experiences

Pacific Northwest

Mt. Baker to the west as seen from Orcas Island. (Photo courtesy of San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau)

This month we will spend a week in the Pacific Northwest, where we will get a taste of Seattle, Vancouver, the San Juan Islands and plenty of great food and drink. And if the weather cooperates, I’m looking forward to hiking, seeing the magnificent Pacific Ocean and get a taste of Olympic National Park. We will spend a week in the region, plenty of time to get a taste of the five best Pacific Northwest experiences.

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Five Reasons I Love Scottsdale, Arizona

Five Reasons I Love Scottsdale

Visitors to Scottsdale, Arizona have many options for enjoying a stay. For first-time visitors, Scottsdale provides a unique introduction to Arizona, with a mix of history, natural beauty, relaxation and fun, all in the Phoenix metro area. I left my first visit with five reasons I love Scottsdale and think you will, too.

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One Day at Legoland California

One Day at Legoland California

One day at Legoland California can be just the right amount of time for even the most Lego-obsessed family. But planning is in order to make the most of that one day at Legoland. If the family only has a mild interest in the awesome building blocks, then one day at Legoland California is the perfect amount of time. Just plan to arrive before the gates open and plan to stay all day, because there is much to see.

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Spending a Day at Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Before visiting Santa Monica Pier I had some pretty basic ideas of what to expect. I’ve been to the Atlantic City Boardwalk, not to mention a couple of fun piers in England. I’ve seen a few movies that are tied into scenes at the Santa Monica Pier. And I knew this is where historic U.S. Route 66 ends.

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