What’s more PNW than enjoying fresh seafood? Well, how about catching it yourself? Even in the winter months, it’s very possible. If you have your own gear, get a license and head to a public fishing pier. If you’d rather go with a pro, companies like All Star Fishing Charters have the expertise and equipment. A four or six hour excursion can yield a feast of Dungeness crab. (They’ll clean them for you, too.) Call ahead to check availability.
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One more suggestion: a build-your-own adventure with a scenic drive including as many or as few stops as you like. Even locals who are used to seeing mountains every day rave about the jaw-dropping beauty of the Mountain Loop Highway, through Washington’s Cascades. Along the way, you can check out the fish ladder in Granite Falls, hike the 9-mile Boulder River Trail, or stretch your legs on the short walk to view Triple Creek Falls. Be sure to check conditions before you go.