Each year thousands of tourists come to the Yakima Valley for the sunshine, scenery, recreation and the abundance of Washington attractions. The Yakima Valley's culture and heritage ranges from the military crispness of restored Fort Simcoe, and the proud history reflected by the Yakima Nation, to the "historic" Teapot Dome and an abundance of specialized museums featuring aspects of this region's past. Plus, the beauty of Washington wine country draws visitors far and wide. The following museums and interpretive centers offer a flavorful and entertaining glimpse of our Valley today and yesterday.
Perhaps Yakima's biggest visitor attraction in recent years has been its wine-making industry. As Yakima Valley's viticulture has matured over the last two decades and its winemaking prospered, many newer wineries have cropped up to quick acclaim. As the Washington State wine industry continues to grow, it is a must to come back and see which new wineries have joined the charming Yakima wine country.
For those interested in wine country tours, the best strategy is to meander down Interstate 82 with your Yakima Valley Visitors Guide in hand. Pick half a dozen places or more to explore. You'll often encounter winery family members in the tasting room delighted to recommend the best Washington wine to enjoy with regional cuisine. You'll learn about the winemaking process, the traditional wisdom of barrel or bottle aging.