Jennifer Burns Bright

Contributing Writer, Via

Jennifer Burns Bright is a travel writer, photographer, and food educator living in the Pacific Northwest.

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Her work has also appeared in Gastronomica, Eugene Magazine, and on NPR’s The Salt.


Elephant seals on the beach at Ano Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County, California.

Explore Año Nuevo State Park

Visit elephant seal habitat amid windswept coastal beauty on a guided dune hike.
steamed pork dumplings with dipping sauce from Gyoza Bar in Vancouver, B.C.

Delicious Dumplings in the West

By any name, in any form—boiled or fried, plain or pleated—dumplings are comfort food.
A passport and photos lay on a desk next to a laptop.

How to Save Money on Travel in 2023

Make the most of your vacation budget with these tips.
Aerial view of Genoa, Nevada and Mormon Station State Park.

Explore in and Around Mormon Station State Historic Park

Revisit the Gold Rush era at the historic settlement in Genoa, Nevada.
Coastline on a sunny day at Sue-meg State Park in Trinidad, California.

Things to do in California's Sue-meg State Park

Explore Yurok culture, sea stacks, and redwoods on the coast.
Toketee Falls off Highway 138 in Douglas County, Oregon, picture

Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway Weekend Trip

Waterfalls abound along I-5 between Roseburg and Gold Hill.
Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course Zip Lines in Arizona, picture

7 High-Flying Aerial Adventure Parks

Get a dose of adrenaline at these aerial adventure parks in the refreshing outdoors.
Three cyclists ride among the Hoodoos in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park in Spring

Spring offers unexpected adventures when Yellowstone National Park is closed to traffic.
Mount Hood looms over Hood River at dusk.

A Weekend in Hood River, Oregon

In spring, this town on the Columbia makes a great base for farm tours and wildflower walks.
A woman hikes on an elevated boardwalk in the Grove of the Titans at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

Explore Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

Forest bathe with ancient redwoods in California’s far north.
A canoe sits on the shore in Olympia, Washington.

Weekend Getaway in Olympia, Washington

The capital city welcomes winter with peak seafood and walks along Puget Sound.
Kids ride their bikes on the paved Discovery Trail in Long Beach, Washington.

Weekend Getaway in Long Beach, WA

Explore long stretches of gorgeous beach and fresh local shellfish on this sandy spit.
Adventure Island Playground at Settler's Park in Meridian, Idaho.

Inclusive, Accessible Playgrounds in Oregon and Idaho

These playgrounds sport softer surfaces and ADA-friendly play equipment.
A couple and their service dog hike on a boardwalk trail in Yellowstone National Park.

Great Accessible Parks in Oregon and Idaho

Visit these places for a treat for all the senses.
Entrance to the caves at Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.

Things to do Around Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

Spelunk the pathways of the caves and explore nearby attractions.