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.