Nestled amongst the Cascade Mountains, just east of Mount Hood, Yakima (Washington) is the state's largest centralized city. It attracts many visitors each year, wanting a peaceful, but vibrant base for a vacation or trip. The area is mainly agricultural, but it has a broad selection of exciting and worthwhile activities to satisfy all ages.
Yakima's climate is very welcoming – summers are hot and dry, and winters are cold and snowy. Because of its diverse temperatures and plentiful rainfall, the area has been proven great for fruit orchards, vegetable growing and the odd vineyard.
The city has plenty of fun things to do. Its many parks cater to swimmers, picnickers, golfers and tennis players alike. Fine restaurants, outdoor cafes and unique little shops make it a true tourist haven. In fact, it is home to many historical museums that encompass the true background of the area. Some must sees include the American Hops, Toppenish, Yakima Valley and the Yakima Valley Rail and Steam Museums.
Yakima also has a good range of hotels and motels, catered and self-catering, all designed with comfort in mind. In fact, getting there has never been easier. Regular trains, bus and flights leave Seattle and Portland daily. However, the best way to see the glorious Cascade Mountains and the stunning surrounding countryside is to travel by car.