Roslyn began as a coal-mining town in 1886, but has grown into a different kind of place, following its turn as a television star in the show Northern Exposure. Now it attracts fans of the show as tourists, though as that fades into the history of TV shows, Roslyn has been working to convert itself into an outdoors activities paradise.

The town of Roslyn is not a large place; a few old buildings, a bar and a terrific pizza place make up the majority of the commerce. There is a museum that pays homage to the coal miners that built the area. There is an influx of people on weekends though, as Seattle is a quick hour and a bit hop down Interstate 90.

The television show Northern Exposure, which aired from 1990-95, featured the town of Roslyn as Cicely, Alaska, the supposed setting of the show. Many of the residents of Roslyn appeared as extras, and fans of the show will find many of the buildings and surroundings to look very familiar.

One place specifically that Northern Exposure fans will recognize, but that will also appeal to any sightseer, is the Brick Tavern. It was a fictional tavern on the show that only exists in real life in the town of Roslyn. The Brick is the oldest continuously operating tavern in Washington State. Despite its age, it remains a great place to grab any of the local microbrews at the bar.

As Northern Exposure fades into the past for Roslyn, a new community is being built around outdoor enthusiasts. New golf and resort community Suncadia has moved in next door, while kayaking at nearby Salmon La Sac is a popular activity. Just twenty minutes away are the ski slopes of Snoqualmie Pass and there is a multitude of fishing and hiking spots in the area.