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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A Day Out in the Niagara Peninsula

The Niagara region is best known for Niagara Falls, but it's also home to numerous wineries.

The Niagara region is best known for Niagara Falls, but it’s also home to numerous wineries.

Niagara is a famous place in North America for obvious reasons. But Niagara Falls isn’t the only excitement that can be found in the Niagara Peninsula, just south of Lake Ontario and Toronto. Discovering all the wonders of the Niagara Peninsula can be a daunting challenge for a daylong visit.

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Getting Swept Away at Niagara Falls

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“Brace yourself, and whatever you  do don’t drop the phone,” I told myself as the exhilarating rush and roar of the water from the Falls rushed over my body, drenching every ounce of my being.

I expected to get wet, but I didn’t think I would feel like I was standing in a cold shower with the water literally taking my breath away. Sure, the thin poncho they gave to everyone before boarding the Maid of the Mist was a hint, but it still didn’t prepare me for what was to come.

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Southern Kid Ready to Explore Canada


So I’ve heard a lot about this place called Canada. I was fortunate enough to have a couple of teammates from the country during my years as a college track runner and their hometown of Toronto always sounded like an awesome place to visit. I’ve heard nothing but fabulous things about Vancouver and Montreal too.

So I figure it’s time I finally head north of the border and check out what these friendly Canadians are like on their own turf. It’s time to explore Canada, or at least parts of Ontario.

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