Know when your ferry to Bremerton will arrive, whether there’s time for ice cream, or whether you’ll be aboard the next sailing with NextBoat (Android) or NWFerry ($.99, iPhone). Seattle-area bus riders use OneBusAway to find local stops and arrival times for nearby routes, while WSDOT will tell you whether the Cascade passes are clear, there’s a line at the Canadian border, or traffic is heavy on I-90.
KNOW THE HISTORY
Learn the local lore as you travel with PastMapWA; use GPS to explain the terrain and geology around you with Geograph WA/ OR ($4.99, iPhone); or download a narrated audio guide of places between Seattle and Spokane with the Interstate 90 E Heritage Audio Tour (washingtonfolkarts.com, $10–$18 per tour). Families with kids will enjoy any of the various Oregon Trail games (free–$.99).
Where’s the powder? OnTheSnow.com’s Ski & Snow Report tracks the freshies, though Windows phone users shouldn’t miss locally made Cascade Skier Gadget. Facing an avalanche? FitClimb ($.99, Android) features a built-in clinometer to measure slopes and vertical angles, critical calculations in determining avalanche risk. The Washington Fishing Map ($1.99, Android) has links to more than 13,500 Washington fishing lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, and for those looking to tee it up, Golf Washington locates both courses and discounts by GPS.
SAVOR THE STATE
The Seattle Met Best Restaurants app ($.99, iPhone) offers critic reviews and maps to nearby eateries. For DIYers, Locavore tells what’s in season and which farmers market is nearby and open. To shake down the nearest happy hour, check out Happy Hours from GoTime (Android) and Cocktail Compass (iPhone). Map your tour and find tasting room hours with WineTrails of Walla Walla ($2.99, iPhone), Walla Walla Valley Wine Guide (Android), or Woodinville Wine Tours ($2.99, iPhone). —JULIE H. CASE
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