Wenatchee, Washington

Wenatchee was incorporated in 1893, when the Great Northern Railway finished building its line from St. Paul to Seattle. That was also the year Frederick Jackson Turner declared the end of western frontier expansion. The city is situated in central Washington where the Columbia and Wenatchee rivers meet. It's in the rain shadow of the Cascades, which means this town gets upwards of 300 days of sunshine and blue skies a year.

Wander in springtime among cedar and fir trees, reflecting pools, and waterfalls at soothing Ohme Gardens. Walk or cycle through the blooming green and yellow sage fields of spring or the snow-dusted hills of winter in the Wenatchee foothills. This abundant valley of orchards is nicknamed "Apple Capital of the World." Sample the bounty of Wenatchee, from crisp apples and fresh roasted nuts to locally pickled vegetables at the new Pybus Public Market.

Stop in for happy hour at Shakt's and try hard to choose between warm gruyere and artichoke gratin or Pacific coast crab croquettes to accompany a glass of wine from '37 Cellars. Warm up with a beer on tap in the neighborly atmosphere of McGlinn's Public House in the historic Garland Building. Enjoy their signature wood-fired pizza, or a tenderloin steak covered in garlicky blue cheese.