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It’s Spring in the Northwest. Finally!

After another wet, cold winter, spring may have finally arrived in the Northwest. And that means there are all kinds of opportunities to enjoy local events or explore corners of our region that you might not be familiar with or haven’t been in a while.

Here are just a few ideas for fun trips and getaways:

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival 2013

Enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, wine tasting and more in Oregon’s historic Astoria and Warrenton area. The 2013 Festival runs April 26, 27 and 28 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds on Highway 202. VisitOldOregon.com for more information.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 2013

Every April, Washington’s Skagit Valley explodes with color. The Festival is a month long affair, with different events happening throughout the month of April. Roam the tulip fields, enjoy tastings at area wineries and breweries or participate in the Tulip Run on April 6th. You can find all the information you need at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website.

Spokane 2013 Lilac Bloomsday Run

In Eastern Washington, you can take part in the annual Bloomsday Run. The run coincides with the annual Lilac Festival, which includes events throughout the month of May. This year, the annual 12K run is on May 5th and supports Spokane’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Outreach Center.

You can learn more about the run at BloomsdayRun.com and about the Lilac Festival at SpokaneLilacFestival.org.

Want to find out what’s happening in your area this spring and summer? Even though you’re local, tourism sites can be a great place to start. Here are links to a few sites to help you explore our region – or your own backyard:

Washington: www.experiencewa.com
Oregon: www.traveloregon.com
Idaho: www.visitidaho.org
Montana: www.visitmt.com 
Alaska: www.travelalaska.com

Get out and enjoy beauty of the Northwest this spring and summer. You may discover parts of our region you never knew were there.

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