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Washington Wine Country Travel Guide

Plan Your Washington Wine Country Vacation

The Yakima River binds a region of great contrasts. Snowcapped volcanic peaks and evergreen-covered hills overlook a natural shrub steppe turned green by irrigation. Famed throughout the world for its apples and cherries, its wine and hops, this fertile landscape is also the ancestral home of the Yakama people from whom it takes its name.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Stay at a spectacular mountain lodge The Lodge at Suncadia is one of Washington's premier resorts. Golfers, cross-country skiers, hikers, and families will enjoy this terrific lodge in the beautiful Cascade Mountains.
  2. Washington history Yakima Valley Museum is one of the finest museums in the state, with plenty of history of the real West.
  3. Wine tasting There are more than 70 wineries in this region, and nearly all of them are excellent. Washington wines' reputation extends globally, and Yakima Valley may be the state's finest wine region.
  4. Eat at a classic diner Diners in wine country? There are two terrific ones here. The Red Horse Diner in Ellensburg is more than a hamburger joint, it's a restaurant and museum all in one, built around a mid-1900s Mobil gas station. And Miner's Drive-In, a Yakima icon, serves great old-fashioned hamburgers, fries, and shakes in a truly vintage setting.

When To Go

When to Go

Much of the area is considered high desert, with annual rainfall of just 7 inches a year. But in winter, in the higher elevations, it is quite com...

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