The Yakima Valley is located in South Central Washington and is known for its agricultural and farming crops. The river basin, rich silty-loam soil is home to 17,000 acres of wine grapes with 80 local vineyards and wineries. Additionally fresh fruit farms and the famous Washington Apples abound.
To Plan A Wine Tour Visit: http://www.yakimavalleywinecountry.com/yakima-valley-wineries.asp
However, the greater Yakima metro area is now a city of 150,000 people with all the shopping and amenities that larger cities have to offer. The Capitol Theatre is home to the Yakima Symphony Orchestra and Broadway Musical and dance productions. http://capitoltheatre.org/ The city also
hosts The Central Washington State Fair, and a Folklife Festival http://yakimavalleymuseum.org/folklife/
and features a beautiful arboretum. http://www.ahtrees.org/
The view to the north of Yakima contains the beautiful Yakima Ridge-Cleman Mountain and Mount Rainier is visible in the background. Mount Rainier National Park is a stunning hiking and photography destination being only 136 miles away. Additional hiking/photography spots nearby include Oak Creek State Wildlife Area ( 20 miles ) L.T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area ( 16 miles) Hanford Reach National Monument (52 miles) Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge (36 miles away) , and Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (144 miles) which hikes from Mexico to Canada. The Naches River flows through the Yakima Valley and is home to a mix of fishing excitement, with trout being one of the most sought after species. Enjoy excellent Fly-fishing and White-water Rafting in the Yakima Valley. Additionally, White Pass Ski Mountain is less than one hour from Yakima.
Links to Outdoor Adventure:
Mount Rainier National Park - http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm
Washington State Fishing - http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/washington/County/Yakima/
Washington Trails Association (Hiking info) - http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cleman-mountain
Oak Creek State Wildlife Area - http://wdfw.wa.gov/lands/wildlife_areas/oak_creek/
LT Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area -
Hanford Reach National Monument -http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hanford_Reach/About.html
Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge - http://www.stateparks.com/toppenish_national_wildlife_refuge_in_washington.html
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail - http://www.pcta.org/
White Pass Ski Mountain - http://www.skiwhitepass.com/
The Yakima Valley has a mild, dry semi-arid climate due to its location nestled in between the the Cascade and Rocky Mountains. An average of 300 days of sunshine with relatively little snowfall, is great for golf enthusiasts and outdoorsman alike. With several golf courses open to the public, Yakima is a great place to get your golf game on!
Apple Tree Golf Course - is a 4 star rated course known for rolling terrain of 100 year-old orchards and a world famous par 3 17th hole. http://appletreeresort.com/golf_1009.html
River Ridge Golf Course -http://www.riverridgeselah.com/golf/
Westwood West Golf Course -http://www.golfadvisor.com/courses/13435-westwood-west-golf-course/
Yakima Country Club – Not open to the pubic; must be accompanied by a member to play.
The city of Yakima is surrounded by the Yakama Tribal Nation. They sponsor a fall Pow Wow, and influence the culture of this city. For more information visit their website http://www.yakamanation-nsn.gov/history.php.
The Yakima Speedway is a 1/2 mile asphalt surface oval track located near the fairgrounds in
Yakima. The track runs regular races July through September in several different classes. http://www.yakimaspeedway.us/
The Yakima Mavericks Football Team is a semi-pro football team that is a member of the Pacific
Football League. They play their home games at Marquette Stadium.