The semiarid climate of Central Washington (also known as the Columbia River Basin) provides unique conditions for display and study of native and exotic species of woody plants. There are over 2,000 specimens in the Arboretum's collection on 46 acres of land adjoining the riparian habitat of the Yakima River.
With a sunny sky above, you'll be certain to enjoy some time in Yakima's newly revitalized downtown. Along the way, you'll discover wine tasting rooms, small boutique shops, art galleries and fine coffee shops. Bring an appetite to indulge in some of downtown's one of a kind dining opportunities ranging from locally inspired fresh cuisine, to the best steaks and pasta dishes you'll find in the Yakima Valley. Best of all, you can savor the taste of local microbrews and wines with your meals in casual and fun atmospheres.
Regional history comes alive at this museum filled with interesting exhibits. It has an amazing collection of horse-drawn vehicles, an interactive learning center for children, a garden filled with antique neon signs, and a fully operating soda fountain from the 1930s that still makes root beer floats.
Designated as a state scenic route with excellent wildlife viewing, this area is a beautiful setting where the Yakima River meanders through the canyon's basalt cliffs. People flock here in the summer to fish, hike and whitewater raft through the fast-paced waters and churning rapids.
Located approximately four miles southeast of Yakima, the Rattlesnake Hills area is home to 17 wineries and 29 vineyards that produce great bottles of cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, chardonnay, and Riesling. The guided wine tours here offer a great way to sample local wines while exploring the gorgeous vineyards that produce them.
The Barrel House is a uniquely different restaurant that promises food enthusiasts a truly enjoyable dining experience. Their menu features fresh, flavorful dishes to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. Their wine list features an extensive selection of wines from Washington and a pointed selection of superb wines from regions abroad that will most certainly complete your dining experience.
Sea Galley restaurant is the perfect seafood dining experience. Fabulous dishes and desserts, classic decor, smiling service and a full service bar, are just a few things that make Sea Galley one of the valley's best restaurants. Sea Galley is perfect for everything from intimate dining to a family affair.
In the early 1800's it was a Gasperetti who delighted the palate of His Holiness, Pope Pius VII. From this distinguished beginning, the Gasperettis carried the tradition across the sea to America at the turn of the 20th century. With an expert knowledge of Italian cuisine they learned at a family-owned restaurant in Florence, Gasperetti's Restaurant was founded. Along with their "secret" Italian family recipes, Gasperetti's offers an award-winning wine list, featuring many of the Yakima Valley's best vintages, as well as wines from California and Italy.
Much of the Miner's growth and success has been due to the faithful and tireless efforts of its employees and, of course the many thousands of loyal customers who have not only patronized Miner's Drive-In, but have also recommended the Drive-In to their friends.
Santiago's was established upstairs within the Historical Poster Building in 1980. Unfortunately, the entire building was destroyed by fire in the summer of '85. Santiago's was re-opened at the end of 1986 at its present location on Yakima Avenue. They have become the leading Yakima Mexican Restaurant, winning awards and recognition throughout the Northwest. Santiago's is Yakima's only Gourmet Mexican Restaurant to have been published within Northwest Best Places and has over 2 decades of continuous recognition.