Named after the indigenous Yakama Nation that lies to the south of the city, Yakima is nestled amidst the fertile landscapes of the Yakima Valley. Apple orchards and vineyards blanket the surrounds and it sits on the doorstep of the popular White Pass Ski Area.
Things to do in Yakima
Discover the people and industries of the region at the Yakima Valley Museum, which features exhibits on Yakima’s Native American people, natural landscapes and the evolution of its fruit-growing industry. Admire the impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles and wooden wagons, as well as a working replica of a 1930s Art Deco soda fountain.
Yakima serves as the gateway to the White Pass Ski Area, situated within the Cascade Range. There are well-groomed cross-country ski trails and a challenging terrain park, along with a day lodge where you can rent skis and snowboards.
On the banks of the Yakima River lies the Yakima Area Arboretum, which features more than 1,000 native and exotic species of woody plants. Wander through the herbarium and rose garden, soak up the tranquility in the Japanese garden and surround yourself with colourful butterflies in the butterfly garden.
A short drive south of Yakima lies Fort Simcoe State Park, which protects the remains of a mid-19th-century fort designed to keep watch over local Indian tribes. Learn about life for the troops and the local Native American culture and admire period furnishings that adorn its original residences.
Getting around Yakima
Yakima Airport is five minutes’ drive from the city centre, which is a 2.5-hour drive from Seattle. Historic trolleys connect Yakima to Selah along the former tracks of the Yakima Valley Transportation Company and the downtown area is easy to explore on foot.