Educational Service District 105
The broadleaf trees populate the parks as the terrain transitions from the Palouse to the Columbia River Gorge. The regon provides plenty of cultural fodder such as near weekly summer festivals and arguably the best restaurants per capita in the Pacific Northwest.
What Makes This Region Great?
You can spend the morning hiking in the Cascade foothills and the afternoon floating down the river or relaxing while stationed on a terrace overlooking an estate’s plantings. It’s all about lifestyle here, a small town area with big city virtues.
The Four Seasons
Southwest Washington truly experiences all four seasons of the year, the summer spent beneath swaying broad-leaved trees, picturesque autumns when the Palouse turns golden, winters perfect for Nordic skiing and spring sees the hills unfurl with wildflowers.
Big Cities, Small Towns
Yakima, less than two hours from Seattle, is bathed in sunshine and includes a world-renowned fly fishing river of the same name.
Festivals fill the South Central calendar year-round. Whether you prefer hot air balloons or chamber music, you’ll find a celebration here any time of the year.
Lace up the hiking boots and enjoy one of Washington’s most scenic hiking trails, the Naches Peak Trail. The hike follows the Pacific Crest Trail and begins at Tipsoo Lake.
It will be hard to choose among the many golf courses in the area. Regardless of what course you choose, you will be sure to experience great conditions and picturesque views. The temperate weather allows golfers to swing the links from May to well into October.
It doesn’t come more “farm to table” than visiting one of the many area farms. Year around, residents can expect the best produce – apples, peaches, and cherries – or even select their own produce, at many of the “U-Pick” farms.
Central Washington is a camping mecca in Washington state, be it an RV, car campaign, tents or even a yurt. The warm weather and scenic landscape in the region is a hot spot for campfires and s’mores.
The horses kick up their hooves about two hours east of Seattle during the Ellensburg Rodeo, one of several roundups (Moses Lake, Omak) in North Central Washington.
Ginkgo Petrified Forest
The Ginkgo State Park is home to an amazing display of Native American petroglyphs and fossils which date back more than thirteen to seventeen million years.
“Washington is incredibly diverse. The landscape is beautiful and the people are so welcoming. There are so many opportunities to grow and experience.”
Pedro Navejas Rodriguez
Grandview School District