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Set before the towering forests and snowfields of Mt. Rainier is Puyallup (pyoo-al-lup), one of western Washington's oldest towns. The Puyallup Fair attracts all of western Washington to its carnival rides, performers, produce, and animals. The annual event is held at the fairgrounds on the northwest end of town each September. The Spring Fair and Daffodil Festival (known as "The Little Puyallup") is
another beloved event that takes place each April. These special events are really the only reason to make a detour to Puyallup unless you need a leg-stretch or a bite to eat on your way elsewhere. The downtown area is pleasant enough and has a few boutiques and restaurants, as well as a growing numbers of antiques dealers, but doesn't have enough charm to warrant a special visit.
Adjacent to the Nisqually (Longmire) entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford draws around 2 million visitors every year. Long a transit...
The fishing port and college community of Bellingham has steadily transformed itself from a rough-and-tumble blue-collar town to the arts, retirement...