Washington Wine Country: Places to Explore


  • Benton City

    The Yakima River zigzags north, making a giant bend around Red Mountain and the West Richland district before pouring into the Columbia River. Benton City—which, with a mere 3,000 residents, is hardly a... Read more

  • Cle Elum

    A former railroad, coal, and logging town, Cle Elum (pronounced "klee ell-um") now caters to travelers stopping for a breath of air before or after tackling Snoqualmie Pass. It's also home to the ever-growing... Read more

  • Ellensburg

    This university town is one of the state's friendliest and most easygoing places. "Modern" Ellensburg had its origin in a July 4 fire that engulfed the original city in 1889. Almost overnight, Victorian... Read more

  • Prosser

    On the south bank of the Yakima River, Prosser feels like small-town America of the 1950s. The seat of Benton County since 1905, it has a 1926 courthouse and a charming museum in City Park. In 2005, Prosser's... Read more

  • Sunnyside

    The largest community in the lower Yakima Valley and the hometown of astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, Sunnyside runs along the sunny southern slopes of the Rattlesnake Hills.... Read more

  • Toppenish

    An intriguing small town with a rustic Old West sensibility, Toppenish—which lies within the Yakama Reservation—blends history and culture, art and agriculture. You can't miss the 70 colorful murals that... Read more

  • Yakima

    The gateway to Washington wine country is sunny Yakima (pronounced yak-imah), home to about 80,000 people within the city limits and another 25,000 in the surrounding area. Spread along the west bank of... Read more

  • Zillah

    The south-facing slopes above Zillah, a tiny town named after the daughter of a railroad manager, are covered with orchards and vineyards. Several wineries are in or near the community; more are near Granger... Read more