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Yakima, Washington

In 1884 the Northern Pacific Railroad opted to bypass the original site of Yakima. So, the townspeople used horses and rollers to move a hundred buildings to the new railroad station. Yakima is still a robust and creative place. Discover hiking explorations, fine wineries, and experiences that offer a little of both.

Like the Rattlesnake Hills wine trail, for instance - green rolling hills dotted with over two dozen Yakima Valley wineries. Then, head just west of Yakima to the streams, sage fields, flower meadows, and canyon bluffs of Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. Follow hand painted signs on the Cowiche trails for "the winery." They lead to the Wilridge Estate Vineyard, where you can picnic on the lawn with a crisp melange blanc. 50 miles further west takes you to the White Pass Ski Area with groomed trails for all levels - and beautiful hiking when the snow melts.

Find wine country, along with live acoustic guitar on Friday nights, right in downtown Yakima at the Kana Winery tasting room. Is craft beer more your style? Enjoy pale ale on the outdoor patio of Bale Breaker Brewing Company, while you look out over the surrounding Cascade hops farm. Wake early for a warm cinnamon beehive from Essencia Artisan Bakery & Chocolaterie. Top off your day with the great coffee culture at North Town Coffeehouse.