Yakima Valley, just like Ellensburg, is one of the most beautiful slices of country you'll ever lay eyes on. With a mild, sunny climate that's just cool enough for verdant rolling hills of green, Yakima is the perfect spot for successful vineyards growing glorious California wines. Of course, its beautiful wine country isn't the only thing Yakima has going for it. Outdoor fun, outdoor recreation and art and cultural spots round out the reasons to take a trip to Yakima.
Yakima Valley Wine Country
Take a tour of beautiful Yakima Valley Wineries and enjoy the numerous vineyards and their offerings. Grab a map and make your own self-guided itinerary or choose from a variety of guided tours that allow you to taste all the wonderful wines without having to drive. Some winning vineyard spots include Agate Field Vineyard, Columbia Crest Winery, Eaton Hill Winery, Gilbert Cellars, Snoqualmie Vineyards and Tucker Cellars.
Mountain and River Recreation in Yakima
For those who'd rather be moving a little faster outdoors, Yakima is home to all kinds of fantastic outdoor recreation opportunities, including Mount Rainier for hiking and skiing, White Pass for skiing and rock climbing, Osprey Rafting Company and Rill Adventures, Inc. for river fun, a Wine Country Balloon Tour as well as Yakima Area Arboretum and Yakima Greenway Foundation for hiking, walking and biking.
Yakima Arts, Culture and Entertainment
Cultural attractions in Yakima include the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Hillside Botanical Gardens and the Yakama Nation Cultural Center. Performing arts attractions include The Capitol Theatre, Maryhill Winery, Seasons Music Festival, the Warehouse Theatre Company and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra. Art galleries in town include those at Barrel Springs Winery, the Larson Gallery and Mighty Tieton Events.
While you're in Ellensburg, make sure to take a day trip to beautiful Yakima. It's well worth the drive, as you can tell.