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Gray Whales Return!

How to see them within 20 minutes of Seattle We tend to think that whale watching requires an overnight trip from Seattle to the San Juan Islands, but nothing could be further than the truth. Puget Sound waters right here in the Seattle Metro area welcome a recurring group of gentle gray giants who migrate twice

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Get Out: Family Adventures in Seattle

Tidepools, Wooden Boats and Old-growth Forests A family day out can take many twists and turns, but Seattle has your back when it comes to avoiding long lines and expensive commercial thrills. Here are some family-friendly outings that cost next-to-nothing and provide precious time together in low-key outdoor settings. Tidepooling Even if you know nothing about tidepooling,

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Family Friendly Orange County

Sand Castles, Dashchund Shows and Pet Expo When spring flowers bloom and weather turns warm, it’s time for some well-deserved family fun. Fortunately, Orange County knows how to get everyone out and about for some simple relaxation. Here are a few excursions that skip the long lines and temper tantrums (by all ages). Pet Expo April 26-28, 2019 OC

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Fun and Free in Orange County

Ecological Reserve, Art Galleries, Cultural Centers and Beaches Leaving your wallet at home may seem impossible in Orange County, but there are actually loads of things to do without spending a dime. Nature, art, culture and beaches are free and open to all – if you know where to look. Here are a few hints. Bolsa Chica

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Spring Arts in Orange County

Literary, Film and Street Painting Orange County is notorious for vibrant art communities, but the spring season has an energy of its own. Fine-art galleries take a back seat to literary and film events as well as more eclectic art forms such as couturière design. Nature even gets in on the action with floral art

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Secret Spots: Best Off-Strip Eateries

Secret Spots: Best Off-Strip Eateries Other Mama, Ferraro’s, and La Comida There’s certainly no shortage of cafes, bistros, diners and fine-dining restaurants in Las Vegas, but finding a genuine local spot owned by a real-life family is another story. Fortunately, there are stories like that tucked into every neighborhood of this larger-than-life metropolis. Here are a few

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Java Jumping in the Vegas Valley

Java Jumping in the Vegas Valley Cozy Neighborhood Coffee Spots In Vegas, we don’t snub our noses at major corporate venues because – well, how could we? They’re everywhere. But when it comes to where we cozy up for a cuppa, that’s where we get a little hot under the collar. Mom-and-Pops can hang out their shingles

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City Hiking Trails in Vegas

City Hiking Trails in Vegas Old Spanish Trail Park, Springs Preserve, Lone Mountain, Union Pacific Railroad Trail Sometimes you need a time-out when you live in Las Vegas, even if just a quiet hour away from the bright lights and action we love/hate on a daily basis. Fortunately, it’s not all concrete and neon if you know

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