Walla Walla is in southeastern Washington, near the borders of Oregon and Idaho. Its name means "Place of Many Waters." You can raft on the Snake River, sailboard on the Columbia, fish for trout in local streams, and watch dozens of bird species at the Walla Walla River Delta. Or, just stay in town and catch live blues, jazz, or country music in a warm, lively pub.
Discover the Chamber Music Festival for most of the month of June. With 300 days of sunshine a year, you will see bicycles all over Walla Walla. Enjoy cycling on rural farm roads past rolling wheat fields, or mountain biking in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Hike mountain trails into shaded alpine fir and pine areas for summer huckleberry picking.
Sample a Cabernet or Merlot in the rustic tasting room of Waterbrook Winery - then, explore the hundred more wineries in this region. The Maple Counter Café serves good strawberry-topped pancakes for breakfast. For dinner, try French onion soup, mussel stew, lamb shank, and a glass of wine at Brasserie Four.
Photo 2: By Brent Bergherm