Must-see attractions in Central Washington

  • Alpine Lakes Wilderness

    Central Washington

    The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a spectacular 614-sq-mile protected area of rough, crenellated mountains, glacier-gouged valleys, and – as the name implies…

  • Yakima Valley Museum

    Central Washington

    This highly educational and entertaining museum is one of the state's best. It tells the story of the region from a geographic and historical viewpoint,…

  • Lake Wenatchee

    Central Washington

    Swimming, boating and fishing entertain summertime visitors to Lake Wenatchee, 23 miles north of the city of Wenatchee (and actually much closer to…

  • Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Center

    Central Washington

    The history of the Yakama Native Americans is well documented at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center, which exhibits traditional costumes, baskets and beads…

  • Goldendale Observatory State Park

    Central Washington

    Goldendale Observatory State Park is a 5-acre educational park with an awesome telescope, located atop a 2100ft-elevation hill. It's undergoing…

  • Waterfront Park

    Central Washington

    Tucked out of view but surprisingly close, this is Leavenworth's access to the Wenatchee River. Wander down 9th St and follow the leafy path over a…

  • Yakima Greenway

    Central Washington

    A pleasant oasis in an otherwise unremarkable city, the Greenway is best accessed via Sarg Hubbard Park at I-82 exit 33. It has 18 miles of paths for…

  • Fort Simcoe State Park

    Central Washington

    An interesting historical fort complex is preserved in the 200-acre Fort Simcoe State Park, an oasis of green amid scorched desert hills. It was built in…

  • Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

    Central Washington

    Of three thriving fish hatcheries on the Columbia River, this is the largest and possibly the most interesting. Created to provide a spawning ground for…

  • Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center

    Central Washington

    This good municipal museum places its main focus on – surprise, surprise – apples. Exhibits include a recreation of a 1920s apple-packing shed and a farm…

  • Yakima Area Arboretum

    Central Washington

    This urban green space on 46 acres gathers more than 1000 trees native to the Yakima River area, with demonstration gardens (water-conserving xeriscaping…

  • Thorp Grist Mill

    Central Washington

    A view of frontier agriculture is on display in the small town of Thorp, 8 miles northwest of Ellensburg, at what was once a de facto meeting place for…

  • Kittitas County Historical Museum

    Central Washington

    Housed in the 1889 Cadwell Building, this museum is known mostly for its petrified-wood and gemstone collections but also boasts several rooms full of…

  • Nutcracker Museum

    Central Washington

    As much a gift shop as a place to peruse, the Nutcracker Museum specializes, as you'd guess, in an exceptional variety (around 5000 at last count) of…

  • Olmstead Place State Park Heritage Area

    Central Washington

    Just 4.5 miles southeast of Ellensburg off I-90 is this open-air museum, with historical log cabins, pioneer barns and other farm buildings dating from…

  • St John's Monastery & Bakery

    Central Washington

    The nuns and novices of this Greek Orthodox women's monastery open their doors to the world via their fantastic bakery and deli, selling delicious…

  • Clymer Museum

    Central Washington

    This local art museum features a permanent collection of the work of Ellensburg-born Western artist John Clymer, as well as changing exhibits of pieces by…

  • Ohme Gardens

    Central Washington

    Three miles north of town on Alt US 97, the Ohme showcases the mighty Columbia River at its best, with 9 acres of terraced alpine gardens emerging like an…

  • Aplets & Cotlets Candy Kitchen Tour

    Central Washington

    Home of the famous US candy Aplets & Cotlets. Go in for a factory tour and tastings. Two words: free samples. There's also a gift shop.

  • American Hop Museum

    Central Washington

    Equipment, artifacts and photos tell the story of the Yakima Valley's hop-growing history.

  • Washington Apple Commission Visitor Center

    Central Washington

    Washington's, America's and – quite possibly – the world's self-styled apple capital is also home to this little-visited yet surprisingly interesting…

  • Jewett Interpretive Center

    Central Washington

    Acting as de facto headquarters of the Yakima Area Arboretum, this small building includes a gift shop with a bookstore and a few displays about the…

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