Tourism

National Parks
4:19 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

National Parks Report: Nearby Towns Lost Nearly $500M In October Shutdown

File photo of an entrance to Mount Rainier National Park
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 4:03 pm

According to a National Park Service report, towns around national parks lost an estimated $414 million during the partial government shutdown last October.

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Hanford Tourism Plans
5:32 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Groups Unveil Plans For Redeveloping Hanford

File photo of Hanford's 300 Area, near the Columbia River, after the clean-up of about 50 acres.
Washington Closure Hanford

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 5:02 pm

Community leaders in southeast Washington are looking to develop parts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a prime spot for tourists.

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Tiny House Hotels
6:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Nation's First Tiny House Hotel Opens In Portland

Caravan Tiny House Hotel consists of three tiny homes on what used to be a vacant lot in northeast Portland.
Credit Toni Tabora-Roberts

The country's first tiny house hotel is holding its grand opening in Portland on Saturday. The Caravan Tiny House Hotel invites guests to stay in one of three tiny homes as if they were hotel rooms. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Zip Line Parks
6:25 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Getting High In The Northwest On Zip Lines

Some zip line courses -- like this one at Northwest Trek -- add aerial challenges between the various zip descents.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now. Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. The revenue potential has some municipal parks departments looking to add spendy zip line attractions in public parks. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Eatonville, Washington.

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