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Best Route from Seattle to Olympic National Park
Planning a trip from Seattle to Olympic National Park and wondering what the best way is to get there? Your best route is going to depend a bit on where you are in Seattle, when you’re traveling, and if you want to take a ferry. This post will explore the best routes to get you there.
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My Ultimate Seattle Sports Fan Guide (by a Local)
Seattle is a sports city, no one could argue that. I’m a big sports fan and have had the opportunity to visit each of our stadiums to watch all of our teams play recently. So, whether you’re a local looking to jump into the Seattle sports spirit, or you’re a visitor hoping to catch a great game, here’s my local fan guide to help you plan your visit.
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Step-by-Step Photo Guide Newark Airport EWR to New York City (Manhattan)
With traffic always being unknown in NYC, I typically prefer to take the public transit train from the airport into the city. It’s normally a quick and affordable way to transit. I just flew into Newark again and thought I’d make this step-by-step guide with photos to help others looking to go from EWR to New York City.
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Step-by-Step Guide for Easiest Way from JFK - Manhattan Penn Station by Train [Photos]
If you’re an NYC novice like I was, you’re probably trying to figure out how to get to or from JFK to Manhattan. Thanks to having some friends who are NYC experts, I got the local’s guide on what’s the best (and cheapest) way to get to Times Square Manhattan from JFK airport. In this post, I'm going to share this local knowledge with you for your convenience.
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My Ultimate Seattle Sports Fan Guide (by a Local)
I’m a big sports fan and have had the opportunity to visit each of our stadiums to watch all of our teams play recently. So, whether you’re a local looking to jump into the Seattle sports spirit, or you’re a visitor hoping to catch a great game, here’s my local fan guide to help you plan your visit.
For visitors flying into Seattle Airport (formerly known as SeaTac but now simply SEA), getting to downtown Seattle from the airport requires a bit of planning. Some may rent a car or use rideshare, but there is an extremely easy, and cheap, way to get from the airport to Seattle. Take the Link light rail train.  As a Seattle local, I documented the steps you’ll need to follow to avoid traffic and save money on your trip into Seattle from the airport. Seattle Airport, Light Rail Station, Rail Train, Downtown Seattle
Step-by-Step Guide from SeaTac Seattle Airport to Downtown Seattle (Easy!)
For visitors flying into Seattle Airport (formerly known as SeaTac but now simply SEA), getting to downtown Seattle from the airport requires a bit of planning. Some may rent a car or use rideshare, but there is an extremely easy, and cheap, way to get from the airport to Seattle. Take the Link light rail train. As a Seattle local, I documented the steps you’ll need to follow to avoid traffic and save money on your trip into Seattle from the airport.
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First Time Flying? 35 Best Tips for First-Time Flyers
Taking to the skies for the first time can be a daunting experience, but with careful preparation, it doesn’t have to be. While you await your first time flying, there are some tips that you can use to help you have the best experience ever.
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Best USA Road Trip Destinations
There’s a reason there are songs written about America being beautiful. From sea to shining sea there are so many scenic spots across the entire country. Here are some of the best road trips in the USA in every state. Plan a trip nearby, or perhaps you’ll plan an epic US road trip and hit many of these beautiful spots.
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What It's Really Like to Stay at Safari West in Santa Rosa
If you’re looking for a wild safari tour in California, you’ve probably heard of Safari West in Santa Rosa. You’re likely dreaming of getting up close and personal with wild animals like monkeys, zebra, and of course, giraffes! I’ve been to Safari West twice now, so let me share what it’s like to be a guest at Safari West. From what it’s like to stay overnight, to what to expect from the safari tour, here’s my Safari West review.
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27 Best Places & Cities in Portugal to Visit (Map Included)
Portugal is a beautiful country with plenty to see and do. From its stunning beaches to its ancient cities, here are the 27 most beautiful cities, towns, and places you need to visit in Portugal.
Seattle is a sports city, no one could argue that. Not only is it home to six professional sports teams, but it’s also brought home 21 national & international professional team championships, including, four WNBA championships, three NWSL Shields, two MLS Cups, and a Super Bowl.  In this post, we'll delve into this fabulous sports city. Seattle Center
My Ultimate Seattle Sports Fan Guide (by a Local)
Seattle is a sports city, no one could argue that. Not only is it home to six professional sports teams, but it’s also brought home 21 national & international professional team championships, including, four WNBA championships, three NWSL Shields, two MLS Cups, and a Super Bowl. In this post, we'll delve into this fabulous sports city.
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7 Fun Things to Do in Seattle Southside (near the Airport) with Tweens and Teens
Planning to visit the Seattle Southside region and looking for some fun activities to do with older kids? Whether you’re planning a local Seattle staycation or looking for things to do near Seattle airport, check out this list!
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20 Tips for the Victoria Clipper Seattle to Victoria Ferry
If you’re planning a quick trip across the border to visit Canada, here’s what you should know about sailing aboard the Victoria Clipper V fast ferry from Seattle to Victoria.
It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! Every year tourists around the world visit a National Park in the United States. Visiting a National Park does come at a price. Here’s how you can get into National Parks for free. Plus, tips for buying a National Parks pass. America The Beautiful, North And South America
How to Get a National Parks Pass for Free!
It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! Every year tourists around the world visit a National Park in the United States. Visiting a National Park does come at a price. Here’s how you can get into National Parks for free. Plus, tips for buying a National Parks pass.
It’s time to escape to a place where you can sink your toes in the soft sand and enjoy your favorite book while sipping on a cool drink. Let’s head to the beach! Before you head out for the waves, use this beach packing list to make your day on the sand relaxing and fun! Checklist For Vacation, Beach Packing List, Packing List Printable, Beach Safe, Trip Hacks, Beach Vacation Packing, Beach Vacation Packing List, Vacation Checklist, Packing List Beach
Best Beach Packing List Printable Checklist for Vacation
It’s time to escape to a place where you can sink your toes in the soft sand and enjoy your favorite book while sipping on a cool drink. Let’s head to the beach! Before you head out for the waves, use this beach packing list to make your day on the sand relaxing and fun!