Cascade Valley Heritage Corridor
Native Americans established this route, and the culmination of today’s byway, North Bend, was a seasonal meeting place for local tribes and the end of the swim for salmon unable to continue upstream past Snoqualmie Falls.
There is no roughing it on this road trip. Taste local wine and handcrafted ale; dine in some of the Northwest’s most exclusive restaurants; attend open-air concerts by world famous performers. Even adventures are leisurely; take a picnic to Marymoor Park and watch the dizzying bicycle races at the state’s only velodrome or stand in the mist of the 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls, then stroll to the nearby resort for its legendary four-course breakfast.
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1. Visit Woodinville
Fun in Every Flavor. All the ingredients are here: authentic beverage makers, fine cuisine around every bend, a diverse downtown, and the beauty of the Sammamish River Valley. Is it any wonder Woodinville has become a year-round magnet for activities of every kind? Catch a live music show, take a wine walk through the Hollywood District, bike along the riverside, or see what’s in bloom at Molbak’s garden+home. You’ll run out of daylight long before you run out of fun.Read More
Centrally located between Seattle, Bellevue, and the Sammamish River Valley, Redmond is in the heart of the area’s finest attractions. The city’s expansive parks and endless trails are perfect for outdoor activities, and Redmond Town Center, the city’s largest shopping complex, has over 110 shops, restaurants, and entertainment experiences to explore. Make time to check out the Microsoft and Nintendo visitor centers. Below, you can find information about Redmond’s top attractions to help you build the perfect itinerary.Read More
7. North Bend
The cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend will look familiar to anyone who recalls David Lynch’s somewhat macabre television series “Twin Peaks.” Here, you’ll find the restaurant referred to in Agent Cooper’s famous line, “A good cherry pie and a “damn fine cup of coffee.”
Outdoor enthusiasts have long flocked to North Bend for its extensive trail system including the 29-mile hiking and biking Snoqualmie Valley Trail. But the best-known trail here is the one that takes visitors to the summit of Mount Si, the mountain in North Bend’s backyard. Said to be the most-climbed mountain in the United States, Mount Si offers glorious views from its summit, extending all the way to Puget Sound. With a 3,700-foot elevation change, the 8-mile round-trip hike is particularly popular on summer days, but it’s also open during winter and spring.
The trail leads to the summit ridge at the base of the so-called “Haystack.” From there, the short ascent to the actual summit is a scramble that can be dangerous in wet or snowy conditions.
8. Meadowbrook Farm Preserve
Meadowbrook Farm is 460 acres of scenic and historic public open space on the Snoqualmie Valley floor, located within the cities of Snoqualmie and North Bend. By oral tradition the birthplace of the Snoqualmie Tribe, "Hyas Kloshe Ilahee" (the Great Good Land) was maintained for thousands of years by the Snoqualmies as a hunting and food gathering prairie. Early white settlers homesteaded the prairie for farms, and these were consolidated during the late 1800's to form the world's largest hop ranch. Subsequent farmers raised crops, dairy herds, greenchop and hay.Read More
9. Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum
The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum came into being as the result of the initial work of one woman, Ada Snyder Hill. She came into the Valley in 1910 to teach school and early on began collecting the historic items that made up the exhibit she arranged for the 1939 celebration of the platting of North Bend. They were the nucleus for the present day collection that includes cherished artifacts and anecdotes from all corners of the Snoqualmie Valley.Read More
12. Palouse to Cascades Trail
The Palouse to Cascades Trail (previously the Iron Horse/John Wayne Pioneer Trail) is a 285 mile rail trail spanning the state of Washington, from the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains to the Idaho border. Designated a National Recreational Trail, it is enjoyed by hikers, horse riders, bikers, Boy Scouts, rail historians, scientists, and trail enthusiasts of all sorts. The trail highlights Washington's diverse and scenic landscape, traveling through evergreen forests and dark tunnels, over high trestles and spectacular rivers, and across open farmland and high desert.Read More