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USA Today: 10 unique ways to get around the Northwest this summer

Summer in the Northwest welcomes some of life’s biggest joys; think sun-stroked days followed by deliciously crisp evenings. Mother Nature’s peaks and waterways show off in their summertime glory, while city scenes bustle with outdoor concerts and patios packed with happy revelers.

Of course, we anxiously await many of the season’s tried-and-true traditions, yet we’re also excited to experience the region in fresh, new ways. For example, try soaring high above Washington in a hot air balloon or whooshing down a Whistler track on an Olympics-worthy bobsled.

Strap on your seat belts – and in several cases, helmets – with these exhilarating ways of sampling the region’s best of the best.

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