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Inn-Escapable: Seattle's sleek Thompson Hotel at Pike Place

Seattle's award-winning architects Olson Kundig are behind the Thompson Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel with a stunning glass facade that sits at the edge of downtown's Pike Place Market. The hotel, and particularly its rooftop bar, The Nest, have become a bit of a landmark since they opened in 2016 – a place, dare we say, to see and be seen.

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Wintering in Alaska

After spotting a moose, I spot the "Mushing Mortician." Along the Iditarod Trail, in Alaska's snow-coated wilderness, 57-year-old funeral home owner Scott Janssen barks, "Straight! Straight!" to his sled dogs barreling toward a checkpoint 311 miles into the famed, grueling and controversial 1,000-mile race. Nearby, canine teams rest on scattered straw; one musher removes his dogs' protective booties to rub ointment on their paws while another feeds slabs of Chinook salmon to her hungry pack before the next push.

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Seattle's new waterfront: Pike Place Market and beyond

SEATTLE – Open since 1907, Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operating farmers markets in the United States. That historic significance – and those iconic waterfront views over Puget Sound– draw 10 million visitors a year to its dark alleys and cramped, creaky stairways.

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Opinion: When the survey says the Holocaust is fading away

Last week, the world commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Much of the news this year focused on a new national survey, conducted by Schoen Consulting for the Claims Conference, to assess just how much Americans, especially young Americans, know about the Holocaust today.

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Finding the aloha spirit in three Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands hold a special, almost mystical, appeal for many mainland Americans and Asian visitors, myself included. Recently I traveled to Oahu, the Big Island and Kauai to see which island I liked best, and to discover new places to stay and activities not to be missed.

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Is it prime time for tulips?

Vermont has its autumn leaf peepers but Washington counters with spring tulip tourists. Based on this aerial photography, the next two weeks should be heaven for shutterbugs in the Skagit Valley.

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Artist haven, foodie heaven: The tiny paradise of Edison

Edison nestles into the watery-green Skagit County farmlands like a lazy bend in the slough. At 11 a.m. on a Friday, you could be the only person walking around the old-fashioned storefronts and tangled, art-filled gardens. But foodie journals and lifestyle blogs have been discovering Edison for years now: a tiny hamlet (it’s not officially a town) filled with more artists, artisans and chefs than you’d think possible, yet still keeping its offbeat, dusty-saddle charm.

Monkey see, monkey do

Take a look at this humorous progression of enrichment moments with Bolingo and his animal care specialist, Rachel, at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla.
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