Central Washington Adventures Under Sunny Skies

Photo Courtesy of Yakima Valley Tourism

Central Washington Adventures Under Sunny Skies

Whether you’re looking for wine and beer tasting, local and authentic dining or outdoor recreation and one-of-a-kind living history, visit Union Gap, in Washington’s Yakima Valley. Perfectly situated, Union Gap is the gateway to adventures from one end of the Valley to the other.

Let’s Get Outside

From hiking and mountain biking to motor sports and more, you’ll find every reason to get outside. The 75,000-acre Ahtanum State Forest is only 30 miles away and offers a variety of warm-weather outdoor recreation opportunities, including camping, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, as well as roads for off-road-vehicles. Right in Union Gap, find two trailheads at the Central Washington Ag Museum that lead to stunning views from the top of Ahtanum Ridge. A short drive south takes you to the Toppenish Wildlife Refuge. This unique combination of wetland and shrub-steppe habitats makes it a haven for birding and wildlife watching.

Farm-Fresh Fun

The Yakima Valley has the largest selection of produce in the Pacific Northwest. Union Gap is known for its decades old produce stand, Fruit City, and is home to a farmer’s market every Sunday from Mother’s Day through October. Their season-long ‘Asparagus Mania’ capitalizes on the fresh asparagus in the Valley. Perhaps you’ve heard of Los Hernandez Tamales famed asparagus and pepperjack cheese tamales? Make sure to visit on May 11 for Asparafest! when several restaurants offer unique asparagus items you’ll love to nosh on.

Living History

Home to Washington State’s largest Civil War reenactment, Union Gap is where history comes to life. During Union Gap Old Town Days, June 14-16, visit acres of living history camps portraying life during the Civil War. Explore Union and Confederate camps and watch reenactment battles each day. You’ll also find trading posts, kids activities, wagon tours, a working blacksmith shop, President Lincoln and a fantastic adults-only beer garden and concert on Friday night.

In the heart of the Northwest’s agricultural region, it makes sense that Union Gap is home to the renowned Central Washington Agricultural museum. Explore and discover how the early settlers of Central Washington lived and worked the land. The museum tells the agricultural history of the region through 29 covered buildings and more than 15 acres of displays and exhibits.

And don’t miss the annual Old Steel Car Show, April 28, and the Pioneer Power Show, August 17 to 18.

Go to visityakima.com/union-gap-washington to learn more.

 

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