Steves still finds much to enjoy this summer in his beautiful home state of Washington.

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Rick Steves has been exploring destinations closer to home this summer, and he's discovered, like many of us, that you don't have to go far for a great vacation. It's been years since this famous European traveler has missed a trip to his favorite continent, and he's sharing what he found practically right around the corner in a series of videos made with the Seattle Times Content Studio.

Rick Steves in Bellingham Whatcom County
Credit: Courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Steves starts in Bellingham in Whatcom County, Washington, an area particularly hard hit by the Canadian border closing. In the first of three videos, Steves sips his way through the Bellingham region, visiting an apple farm that makes more than apple pies, with cider, vodka, brandy, and gin on their menu along with fresh roasted coffee. He moves along to several of the area's 17 craft beer breweries, where he notes their sense of community and has a "European moment" at Chuckanut Brewery when he samples a beer he calls his favorite European style.

Rick Steves in Bellingham Whatcom County
Credit: Courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Rick Steves in a brewery Bellingham Whatcom County
Credit: Courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Steves hails from the state of Washington, and his mother is from the Whatcom County area, so he's as much at home hosting a video series in the northwest as he is in Europe. In fact, one of his favorite bookstores, Village Books and Paper Dreams, is in Bellingham, and he stops by often. Steves will be sharing more of his Whatcom County travels in two more episodes set to come out on Sept. 15 and Oct. 15.

Rick Steves in Bellingham Whatcom County
Credit: Courtesy of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism

Fans of Rick Steves' travels can enjoy European destinations on his television shows and through his many books. For those whose wanderlust can only be satisfied by strolling along cobblestone paths and sipping French or Italian wines at their source, Steves' tours are planned for next summer, and many are already selling out.