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Everett’s Funko headquarters a pop culture nerd paradise

Even those unfamiliar with the name Funko probably know some of the licensed products created by the Washington-born company. Their vinyl bobbleheads and Pop! figures grace the shelves of both …


Contest encourages library visits

The Washington Center for the Book is sponsoring the contest, “A Passport to Washington Libraries,” from June 15-Sept. 15 for a chance to win gift cards.


Preservation effort makes Hemingway’s Cuba home look like he never left

There’s no politics here. The Hemingway Museum – including the grounds and, crucially, thousands of Hemingway papers – stands out as a singular example of cooperation between longtime adversaries, the …


Dog lover is on a cross-country rescue mission

Lillie, Butters, Cali, Stella, Molly and Bo-Bo are Asher’s six rescue dogs. Since February he’s been traveling cross-country with them in a 30-foot RV to promote dog adoption. His friend …


Retirees, this new cruise line is for you. There are no kids, and booze is included.

It’s not often that a new cruise line enters the industry. And it’s not often that a new cruise line, at a time when companies are bending over backwards to …


Paul Turner: Finding that Spokane connection

Here in Spokane, two strangers might not want much to do with one another. But place those same individuals in Florida or Texas wearing their Cougs shirts and, well, you …


Bismarck beckons with revitalized downtown, new breweries – and butterhorns

In this town of roughly 72,000, no one seems to be in much of a hurry. That’s understandable given how compact the downtown area is; there’s no need to rush. …


The trend of bare-bones ticket sales is spreading to transatlantic flights

Over the past few years, Delta, American and United Airlines have been forced by ultra low-cost carriers to offer bare-bones fares to compete for price-conscious travelers. Now that trend is …


At national parks and zoos, our picks of the litters

Springtime means the baby animal “awws” are on overload. Here are just a few of the parks, zoos and farms where you might be able to get a glimpse of …


Embracing the Arches: Utah national park offers views for hikes, walkers and passengers

Access to the arches and other features was designed for visitors to get out and walk or hike. However, those having mobility problems, the elderly or families with young children …


UPDATED: Tue., May 8, 2018, 10:17 p.m.

Pruitt security chief cites weapons glitch for missed flight

On a trip to Morocco last year, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and his staff missed a connecting flight and spent more than 24 hours in Paris because his …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

Tourists flocking to Peru’s newfound ‘Rainbow Mountain’

The popularity of Rainbow Mountain, which attracts up to 1,000 tourists each day, has provided a much-needed economic jolt to this remote region populated by struggling alpaca herders. Environmentalists, however, …


In Kiev, borscht, Maidan and a side trip to Chernobyl

Through years of political upheaval and economic turmoil, Ukraine’s capital city, Kiev, has remained a vibrant, engaging place to visit. For travelers, its food and culture rival the best of …


In Windsor, England, a look at Harry and Meghan’s (relatively) low-key wedding site

St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle is about the most down-home place for a British royal wedding that American Meghan Markle could have hoped for. Compared with the spectacular public …


The Dalles up in lights: National Neon Sign Museum brightens up the Columbia River Gorge

David Benko’s National Neon Sign Museum is finally ready to open its doors to the public.


One busy retirement: Laura Schlangen has gone on dozens of tours with the Corbin Senior Activity Center

Laura Schlangen, turning 88 next week, thinks travel keeps her young. She’s gone on roughly 80 travel tours in the last 26 years. Up next are trips to Arizona, then …


Looking for Hawaiian rainbows? Start with a tour of the Big Island’s waterfalls

HILO, Hawaii – The first time you fly into the Kona Coast on Hawaii’s Big Island, you’ll be struck by two things: the nearly relentless sunshine (moderated by volcanic smoke …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Sources: EPA chief spent millions on security and travel

EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s concern with personal safety came at a steep cost to taxpayers as his swollen security detail blew through overtime budgets and at times diverted officers away …


Touring 8 historic American prisons

Prisons are a source of great intrigue – no doubt with the exception of those who’ve spent time behind bars. It is fascinating for us on the outside to imagine …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

Gonzaga alums show their spirit in Los Angeles

Connor Palacio has enough Gonzaga spirit to spread around the entire city of Los Angeles. On Thursday, Palacio was spreading the spirit in downtown Los Angeles hours before the Bulldogs …


Traffic issues have greeted Gonzaga since arrival in Los Angeles

Los Angeles traffic has had its toll on the Gonzaga Bulldogs since they arrived on Tuesday for the NCAA Tournament West Regional.


Family travel five: Historic national park gems

Plan ahead for your national park family vacation. (The best lodging fills quickly.)


Travel: On the Oregon Coast, bridges lead to the past

Along the Oregon Coast on the Pacific Coast Highway 101, there are 11 historic and beautiful bridges that deserve to be explored and photographed.


UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Northern Ireland’s lake lands: Rain, history and the Mellons

But the changeable weather meant we enjoyed a week of sunshine and showers, often at the same time. We also had an opportunity to sightsee and glimpse history, from centuries-old …


After uproar, EPA’s Pruitt says he plans to fly coach: ‘There’s a change coming’

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency, facing ongoing criticism about his taxpayer-funded, first-class travels, says he plans to spend more time in coach.


Discover the historyof civil rights movement

Embark on a journey of discovery and understanding when you and your family visit the destinations and landmarks that play a part in the American civil rights story.


Caribbean spring break: Ideas, prices, post-hurricane news

Each Caribbean island offers a different vibe, from relaxing on the beach to adventures, shopping and dining.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 9:59 p.m.

Under fire for travel expenses, EPA’s Pruitt cancels trip to Israel

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has canceled a nearly weeklong trip to Israel, agency officials confirmed Sunday.


Five things to know about ‘Hamilton’

Yes, a lot of people like “Hamilton,” even if they’ve not seen it. Which is why when producers announced a second U.S. tour that would launch in Seattle before heading …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

Just the ticket: Things to do while in Seattle for ‘Hamilton’

Sure, ‘Hamilton’ is the coveted ticket. But you’re making the drive, so why not spend and extra day or two experiencing more of what the Emerald City has to offer.