Yakima Area Arboretum

This urban green space on 46 acres gathers more than 1000 trees native to the Yakima River area, with demonstration gardens (water-conserving xeriscaping etc) and seasonal events. It's a family-friendly place, but the numerous signs in the parking lot advising you not to leave valuables in your car attest to the slightly sketchy crowd that can loiter here sometimes.

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1. Jewett Interpretive Center

0.11 MILES

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…

2. Yakima Greenway

1.09 MILES

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…

3. Yakima Valley Museum

3.29 MILES

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,…

4. Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Center

15.53 MILES

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

5. American Hop Museum

16.48 MILES

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

6. Fort Simcoe State Park

24.32 MILES

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…

8. Kittitas County Historical Museum

28.39 MILES

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…