Sunday, January 24, 2010

Experience Washington: Your Staycation Travel Guide

It’s no surprise that many people are choosing to stay close to home for vacations this year. You can get some great ideas for travel planning by checking out the state’s new Experience Washington Web site. Here are some recent trips around Washington state I've taken over the past year:

Chihuly Bridge of Glass
The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge linking downtown Tacoma to the city's waterfront. Conceived by Dale Chihuly, artist and native of Tacoma, it is a display of color and form soaring seventy feet into the air.

Chihuly Bridge of Glass: ceiling panel

Kubota Garden
Kubota Garden is a 20 acre Japanese garden in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle. A public park since 1987, it was begun in 1927 by Fujitaro Kubota, who had arrived from Shikoku, Japan. The park is popular with photographers, especially during the peak of the fall foliage.

Kubota Garden: entrance gate

Cle Elum
Exploring rural Washington can be a fun experience. On the side of an older building in Cle Elum, I found this remarkable advertisement:

Cle Elum: Bull Durham advertisement

Washington State Ferry
The Washington State Ferry is known as the “poor man’s yacht”. What a great way to explore Puget Sound, especially with kids. And such a dramatic way to return to Seattle after a long day trip!

Washington State Ferry: heading towards Seattle

Enjoy your travels around the state!

Redmond Library Board

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