Yakima Valley attractions

Top Choice Museum in Yakima

Yakima Valley Museum

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, with a strong emphasis on agriculture and the Yakama Native Am…
Observatory in Toppenish

Goldendale Observatory State Park

Goldendale Observatory State Park is a 5-acre educational park with an awesome telescope, located atop a 2,100ft-elevation hill. Check the website for the public viewing schedules when you can check out the cosmos a…
Historic Site in Ellensburg

Downtown Historic District

Beautified by a compact yet charismatic grid of Victorian buildings, central Ellensburg deserves an unhurried morning or afternoon's exploration. Kick off at the friendly chamber of commerce, where you can get infor…
Park in Yakima

Yakima Greenway

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 walkers and cyclists that track the fast-flowing Yakima River thr…
Park in Toppenish

Fort Simcoe State Park

An interesting historical old fort complex is preserved in the 200-acre Fort Simcoe State Park, an oasis of green amid scorched desert hills. It was built in 1855 but served as a fort for only three years until the …
Museum in Toppenish

Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Center

The history of the Yakama Native Americans is well documented at the Yakama Indian Nation Cultural Center, which exhibits costumes, baskets, beads and audiovisual displays, and includes a gift shop, library, restaur…
Historic Site in Ellensburg

Olmstead Place State Park Heritage Area

If you head 4.5 miles southeast of Ellensburg off I-90, the historical theme continues with log cabins, pioneer barns and other farm buildings dating from 1875–90. They depict early homestead life in the Kittitas Va…
Historic Site in Ellensburg

Thorp Grist Mill

Another 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 local farmers. The mill, now a rural museum, dates from 18…
Monastery in Toppenish

Greek Orthodox St John the Forerunner Monastery

Twenty-two nuns and novices of this Greek Orthodox open their doors to the world via their fantastic bakery and deli selling their homemade and delicious baked and dairy products.
Museum in Ellensburg

Clymer Museum

Art museum featuring a permanent collection of Ellensburg-born painter John Clymer, as well as changing exhibits of Northwest artists.