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Yakima
Travel Guide

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With Mount Rainier looming in the distance, this sunny city in central Washington is known for its fantastic vineyards and historic trolley line. 

Yakima is sometimes called the Palm Springs of Washington. Once you arrive, it’s easy to understand why. This sunny city in central Washington has little of the fog and rain visiting much of the state. Explore the charming downtown or sip your way through famous vineyards in the surrounding Yakima Valley.

For shopping and dining, visit North Front Street Historic District. Cobblestone streets and meticulously restored historic buildings set the stage for a pleasant day on the town.

Take advantage of central Washington’s semiarid climate at Yakima Area Arboretum any day from dawn to dusk. This living museum has over 1,000 species of plants and trees.

Travel on one of Yakima’s famous trolleys. The city hosts America’s last intact electric rail line from the early 20th century. Entry to the Yakima Electric Railway Museum is free but there is a small fee to take a ride.

Head to Marquette Stadium to see the Yakima Mavericks, a semi-pro football team, play a game. Watch an exciting car race at Yakima Speedway.

On a clear day, look for the striking silhouette of Mount Rainier. This famous mountain is a favorite destination for hikers and mountain climbers.

The surrounding Yakima Valley offers a variety of daytrip destinations. This agrarian region is known for its apple, wine and hops production. Within an hour’s drive, enjoy a wine tasting at one of Yakima Valley’s celebrated vineyards or play a game of golf.

Drive south to Yakama Nation, a large Indian reservation that gave Yakima its name. Toppenish, the reservation’s largest city, is home to a cultural center, museum and gift shop. Take a walking tour to see more than 70 large murals painted on buildings throughout the small town.

No matter when you visit, Yakima promises to be a sunny and welcoming destination. As a gateway to the Yakima Valley, it is also the perfect home base for your explorations of central Washington.

Oxford Suites Yakima
Oxford Suites Yakima
3 out of 5
1701 E Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA
The price is CA $130 per night from May 18 to May 18
Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yakima River Valley and Yakima Convention Center. Capitol Theater and Yakima County Stadium are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"Location, amenities and cleanliness"

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Oxford Suites Yakima
Baymont by Wyndham Yakima
Baymont by Wyndham Yakima
2.5 out of 5
1603 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA
The price is CA $93 per night from May 12 to May 12
Situated on a river, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Yakima River Valley, Yakima Convention Center, and Capitol Theater. Yakima County Stadium and Yakima ...
4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)
"Great hotel ESPECIALLY for the price. Very clean, microwave and fridge. Smaller pool area but it serves it's purpose. Right next to all the on and off ramps you'll need.... And try that Mexican restaurant next door!! Awesome stay!!"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Baymont by Wyndham Yakima
Super 8 by Wyndham Union Gap Yakima Area
Super 8 by Wyndham Union Gap Yakima Area
2 out of 5
2605 Rudkin Road, Yakima, WA
The price is CA $60 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in a shopping district, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Yakima River Valley and Valley Mall. Central Washington Agricultural Museum and Yakima ...
3.6/5Good! (795 reviews)
"Staff was very helpful"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Union Gap Yakima Area
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
King bed in a Room With a Full Bath in our Home; a Country Setting With a View
King bed in a Room With a Full Bath in our Home; a Country Setting With a View
Yakima, WA
The price is CA $141 per night from May 9 to May 9
Situated in Yakima, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cowiche Canyon Trail, Cascade Range, and Westpark Shopping Center. Yakima River Valley and Virginia ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
State basketball
"We stayed with Paul and Kathi during state basketball. Their home was beautiful and they were great hosts. Recommend renting a room with them any time"

Reviewed on Mar. 8, 2020

King bed in a Room With a Full Bath in our Home; a Country Setting With a View
NEW Downtown Apt 202 Historic 1908 Church
NEW Downtown Apt 202 Historic 1908 Church
Yakima, WA
Situated in Yakima, this apartment building is steps from Yakima River Valley and Capitol Theater. Yakima Convention Center and Mount Hope Baptist are also within ...
NEW Downtown Apt 202 Historic 1908 Church
Queen bed With Full Bath in our Home. Beautiful Views of the Yakima Valley
Queen bed With Full Bath in our Home. Beautiful Views of the Yakima Valley
Yakima, WA
The price is CA $129 per night from May 9 to May 9
Situated in Yakima, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cowiche Canyon Trail, Cascade Range, and Westpark Shopping Center. Yakima River Valley and Virginia ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Absolutely an Amazing Getaway!
"The property is amazing, peaceful and very clean. The owners offer a warm welcoming and stay! Very relaxing retreat. Our favorite part was sitting on the patio drinking wine and enjoying the fire!! 🍷🍷"

Reviewed on Jun. 10, 2018

Queen bed With Full Bath in our Home. Beautiful Views of the Yakima Valley
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Yakima

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Verified traveller

Oct 7, 2019

We were there for a Golf Tournament at Apple Tree. It is an outstanding golf course and Kevin Anderson and his staff are 1st rate. The food at the course is Excellent.

4/5 - Good

Andy

Aug 26, 2019

Amazing scenery on the drive into and out of Yakima. Very pleasant city too.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jun 23, 2019

Really enjoyed Bale Breaker brewing, was a highlight of our week travelling through Washington and Oregon. Sitting in the sun in the middle of the farm was fantastic.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Jun 19, 2019

Yakima has potential. The city has lovely historic buildings but nothing unique or interesting in them. Adding more restaurants, cafes, boutiques, tasting bars and other interesting stops within the city will draw tourists to the city.

4/5 - Good

Edward

Mar 18, 2019

Lots of good dining options downtown. Most places have Happy hour specials. There are several wineries located downtown that offer tastings of their wines for a nominal fee. The wines we tried were excellent and the tasting samples liberal.

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