Chehalis, WAChehalis, along with Centralia, is in Lewis County, close to major Southwest Washington tourist attractions.
Glorious Mount Rainier. Awe-inspiring Mount St. Helens. Thickly forested wilderness. Pristine streams and lush volcano valleys. Charming downtowns and abundant antique shops. Lewis County is brimming with simple pleasures, relaxing excursions and world-class outdoor adventures.
We're just down the road, halfway between Seattle and Portland. Known for the Centralia Factory Outlets at I-5, exit 82, we have much more to offer if you explore a little deeper.
Drive the Old Pacific Highway 99 (now the Jackson Highway) through the vintage downtown centers of Centralia and Chehalis. Dine at Mary McCrank's landmark dinner house. Visit historic sites along the way.
Take the White Pass Scenic Byway (Hwy. 12) to Morton, Randle, Packwood and Mount Rainier. Visit DeGoede's tulip fields, Raintree Nursery and other specialty stores. Fish in glacier fed rivers and lakes. Stretch your legs and enjoy world-class bird watching, hike to a waterfall. Pick wild huckleberries. Try your luck at gold panning. Spot a herd of Roosevelt elk, black-tail deer or mountain goats.
Click to view the Volcano Cam from Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
For the more adventurous, Lewis County is one of the Northwest's best outdoor playgrounds. Go backcountry camping. Mountain climb, ski, kayak, windsurf and hang glide.
Drive Scenic Byway 6. Visit the Veterans Memorial Museum. Board the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad's steam train for a nostalgic ride along the Chehalis River. Hike Rainbow Falls State Park. Celebrate a festival.
Or arrive by train. Spend the weekend at the always-lively McMenamin's Olympic Club. Browse Centralia's three antique malls or numerous shops. Meander through the farmers market. Take in a movie. Skate at one of the original rollerdromes.
Information courtesy of Lewis County Convention and Visitor Bureau.