Tourism

Town-To-Town Hiking
7:49 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Town-To-Town Trekking Vision For Columbia River Gorge Inches Forward

Jean Akers and Tom Griffith scouted routes for a new trail from Lyle, Washington to adjacent public lands earlier this month.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Hut-to-hut or village-to-village trekking is a popular vacation pursuit in regions as diverse as Europe, New Zealand, the Himalayas and Vietnam. It's not much heard of in the U.S. Now some hikers, businesses and nonprofits are promoting a vision of walking holidays right here in the Northwest - in the Columbia River Gorge. But the town-to-trails hiking concept clashes with some old-timers' visions for the Gorge.

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Sun Valley Renovations
6:56 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Sun Valley Joins Small Boom In Resort Renovations

Artist’s rendition of the completed Sun Valley Lodge.
Credit Sun Valley Resort

Ski season is now in full swing, but the lodge at one of the region’s most famous destinations is closed for the season. The owners of the Sun Valley Resort are hoping a major renovation will keep them competitive among wealthy travelers.

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Methow Valley
12:48 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

It Didn't All Burn! Methow Valley Is "Open For Adventure"

After the Carlton Complex Fire, this peaceful image of the Methow River might seem surprising to some people.
Credit Benjamin Cody / Wikimedia Commons

My Northwest called Methow Valley a hidden gem for any traveler, but after the Carlton Complex Fire reservations were canceled and tourists backed out.

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Washington Fishing
8:36 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Why Washington Wants More Latinos To Go Fishing

Valeria Quinones, left, fishes with her family, Daniel Guerra, Elizabeth Guerra, and Ricardo Quinones during a fishing event geared to get more Latino people fishing.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to get more Hispanic people fishing. And they’d like to get them to buy fishing licenses. That’d produce more revenue for the state. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Cruise Season
5:13 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Large Cruise Ships Call On Small Northwest Ports

The Norwegian Pearl at port in Astoria, Oregon in May 2013.
Credit Visitor7 / Wikimedia

Cruise season has begun in the Pacific Northwest with the arrival of gleaming cruise ships. They'll be steaming back and forth to Alaska all summer from Vancouver and Seattle. At the beginning and end of the cruise season, those large cruise ships also call on smaller Northwest ports such as Astoria, Port Angeles and Nanaimo, B.C.

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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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