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Each year, tens of thousands of snow geese migrate to the Pacific Northwest from Siberia and Alaska for the winter, along with tundra and trumpeter swans. One of their favorite wintering grounds is the Skagit Valley Delta - only an hour drive from Seattle. (Photo credit: Sy Bean, Seattle Refined)<p></p>

Let's Go Places: The stunning snow geese of Skagit Valley

There is a lot to love about Western Washington. The people, the vibe, the sports teams. One thing in particular that seems to consistently amaze is just how photogenic the state can be. Photographers travel from all over the country to get a glimpse of the jaw-dropping sites Washington has to offer, and none are more captivating than the Skagit Valley during winter.

Once a year, tens of thousands of snow geese migrate to the valley from nesting grounds in Siberia and Alaska. With their young chicks in tow, the geese will spend upwards of four months gallivanting the grounds, giving tourists the perfect opportunity to snap some truly spectacular pictures.

What better way to get to Skagit Valley than by way of the new 2018 Toyota Avalon Touring Model?

"I'm really excited right now," says Seattle Refined Photographer Sy Bean, as he travels north to get the perfect shot. "It's a typical northwest day, lots of rain, but I'm comfortable in this Toyota Avalon. It's handling great in the rain. I've got the cruise control on, and my phone is charging wirelessly. It should be a pretty good day."

Inspired by the open road, the 2018 Avalon has been engineered with two unique suspensions: one for a comfortable, luxurious ride, and the other for a more dynamic and responsive driving experience. For speed and efficiency, every inch of the vehicle's metal has been aerodynamically sculpted for better airflow and stability, leaving it up to its drivers to discover where the open road will take them.

An effective external design

The 2018 Avalon's bold front grille - and available LED headlights - create a commanding presence wherever drivers decide to go. Additionally, the vehicle makes driving more fun with its 3.5-liter V6 engine, boasting 268 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. And, despite this unrivaled power, the Avalon still achieves an estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway.

Futuristic features

The interior comes trimmed with a sleek and intuitive dash that puts smart technology right at the driver's fingertips. These breathtaking features include a seven-inch, high-resolution touchscreen audio system with state-of-the-art climate control, which drivers are able to adjust with ease.

Built to keep your family safe

To ensure drivers are hitting the road with confidence, each 2018 Avalon is equipped with 10 standard airbags, a backup camera and integrated features like Star Safety System™ and Toyota Safety Sense™. These special safety tools combine technologies like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, among others. They create in-the-moment safety that is designed to support drivers' awareness and decision-making on the road, leaving you and your family as safe as possible every time you get behind the wheel.

What are you waiting for? The snow geese will only be in town for a few more weeks, so visit Western Washington Toyota Dealers, or today to snag your ride before it is too late.