Need to get away? Try these 5 winter escapes

Want to get out and explore Washington this winter? Get ready to experience these (mostly) nearby winter escapes!

Editor's Note: This story is part of a content-sharing partnership between KING 5 and 425 Magazine.

Whether you want to hit the slopes or watch winter storms on the Washington coast, there are plenty of ways to experience winter in the Northwest.

Bundle up, grab a thermos of hot cocoa, and get ready to experience one of these (mostly) nearby winter escapes.

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Fall in love with British Columbia

Winter is well on its way, but before settling in for the season at home, travel north to British Columbia for a relaxing getaway — or an adrenaline-pumping adventure, whichever you prefer. Read more.

British Columbia (Photo Credit: ©2015 Carolien Coenen, Creative Commons)

Hit the beach this winter

On a cold winter’s day, there’s nothing quite like an escape to the coast to marvel at the power of nature as waves crash on the rocky shore below towering sea stacks, where the lush rainforest meets the sea. Read more.

Washington coast (Photo credit: ©2010 Marius Strom, Creative Commons)

Snowy escapes

Washington winters are marked by rainy days and thriving evergreen trees, but snowfall can be rare in our area. If you’re craving fresh powder and the humbling experience of standing at the base of a regal mountain, check out these Pacific Northwest resorts. Read more.

(Photo credit: Courtesy Schweitzer Mountain Resort 

Here comes the sun

It’s almost always bright and sunny in Eastern Washington, even in fall. And with more than 300 days of sunshine on average per year, the Tri-Cities — Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland — is the perfect place to escape to when it’s gloomy at home. Read more.

Tri-cities (Photo credit: Courtesy Visit Tri-Cities)

Embrace the stopover

About a 7 1/2-hour flight from SeaTac Airport, the rugged Nordic country of Iceland has long been a favorite stop for airplanes as they soared across the pond. Read more.

Iceland (Photo credit: Starryearth via Flickr)