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Millinium Arts PlazaMillennium Arts Plaza

Designed by renowned artist Wen-ti Tsen, the Millennium Arts Plaza, in downtown Yakima, is a dynamic gathering place and serves as a symbol that Yakima is striving to make its community a stronger, more vibrant and more livable place. The Plaza is a work of public art where residents and visitors can cherish and engage in the past, present and future of the Yakima Valley. 509-966-0930 http://www.alliedartsyakima.org/

Yakima Valley Museum

Yakima Valley Museum

Exhibits focus on the natural landscape of the Yakima Valley and the people who have made their homes here. The museum has a superb collection of horse-drawn vehicles from stagecoach to hearse; a historical exhibit and reconstruction of the Washington DC office of former Yakima resident and environmentalist, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas; and a changing schedule of special exhibitions.509-248-0747 http://www.yakimavalleymuseum.org/

Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage CenterYakama Nation Cultural Heritage Center
The center houses many Indian artifacts and features a historic diorama. Tours are available. The features include a life-size dwelling of the Plateau People, exhibits that tell the story of the Yakama People, special sound effects, narratives and music and a mannequin exhibit of The Great Native American Leaders. The complex has a gift shop, restaurant, theater, library and winter lodge. 509-865-2800 http://www.yakamamuseum.com/

Fort Simcoe State ParkFort Simcoe State Park Heritage Site
Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in an old oak grove watered by natural springs, Fort Simcoe was an 1850s-era military installation established to keep peace between the settlers and Indians. Before the fort era, the site was an Indian campground where many trails crossed.509-874-2372, http://www.parks.wa.gov/

Central Washington Agricultural MuseumCentral Washington Agricultural Museum
This outdoor facility displays an extensive collection of farm machinery donated by  Yakima Valley and Central Washington farm families in semi-open buildings. The collection includes an operating windmill, fruit-packing line, blacksmith shop and stationary diesel engines and other items such as a portable hop-picking machine, pea picker, and horse drawn machinery.509-457-8735, www.centralwaagmuseum.org

American Hop MuseumAmerican Hop Museum
The museum chronicles the history of the American hop industry from its early days in the New England colonies to the rapid expansion into California and ultimately the Pacific Northwest. Hops were introduced by the first colonists, and were grown on Manhattan Island as early as 1607.509-865-4677, http://www.americanhopmuseum.org/

McAllister Museum Of AviationMcAllister Museum Of Aviation
In 1926 pioneer aviators Charlie and Allister McAllister opened their flight school in Yakima. This historic flight school operated for 73 years to become the oldest continuously operating flight school in the Northwest. Charlie’s death at the age of 95 marked the transformation of the flight school into the McAllister Museum of Aviation. From Charlie’s connection to Orville Wright, who signed his first flying license, to Bonnie Dunbar and the space shuttle, the short history of aviation continues to have many ties in the Central Washington area. Yakima was the place that the first woman performed a demonstration flight in a Curtis Pusher in 1913, just ten years after Orville Wright flew in Kittyhawk. Through the displays and tour guides, you can learn the many historic stories of our area.509-457-4933, http://www.mcallistermuseum.org/

Yakima Valley TrolleyYakima Valley Trolley
The trolley is the last authentic, all-original turn-of-the-century interurban railroad in the US. The railroad was constructed between 1907 and 1913. Its greatest length was a little over 44 miles. Its present length is a little over 5 miles. It connects the city of Yakima with the town of Selah. It has operated every year since 1907. The YVT built a stone and timber car barn/shop building and a concrete and masonry substation in Yakima in 1910 that are still in use today. The overhead wire and the track are original also. The trolleys provide a historical, educational trip for sightseers and students of vintage rail transit. 509-452-7963, http://www.yakimavalleytrolleys.org/

Northern Pacific Railway MuseumNorthern Pacific Railway Museum
The museum presents the west’s largest collection of Northern Pacific railway memorabilia. Guided tours of the Northern Pacific Railway Museum are available, with opportunities to view the restoration of the NP 1364 steam engine, and you can take a short ride in one of the cabooses.  509-865-1911, http://www.nprymuseum.org/

Yakima Valley ArboretumYakima Valley Arboretum
A living museum and botanical garden is open daily from dawn until dusk.  The Jewett Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am – 4pm 509-248-7337, http://www.ahtrees.org/

Old North Yakima Historic DistrictOld North Yakima Historic District
The Old North Yakima Historic District, recognized in 1987, includes a collection of nine buildings constructed between 1889 and 1914.  Remaining structures in the district reflect the grand scale and preeminent role of the railroad in the development and founding of Yakima. Structures in the district are characterized by decorative brick work and detail typical of turn-of-the-century architecture.

Construction of the trolley line in 1907 provided a crucial link for the community to the railroad depot, and added vitality to the downtown. To accommodate trolley and railroad lines, the streets were surfaced with brick pavers by 1908. Over the early years, North Front Street had a variety of small business and shops. Sidewalks lined with trees were part of the first street pattern in Yakima. The Northern Pacific Railroad maintained in attractive parkway of lawns, trees and flowerbeds adjacent to the depot. Curving sidewalks, a fountain and gazebo were located in the site of the current depot. Old North Yakima Historic District 2

In 1909, the existing depot was constructed and the parkway paved over with brick. The original herringbone and traditional cobblestone patterns are visible in some locations. Light to basements was provided in some of the original buildings via glass tiles set in the sidewalks. Now aged to a deep purple color, these tiles are still visible, along with the patent plaque, dated 1907. Recent installations include period street lighting, fire hydrants, and tree wells.

Community Calendar

Car Shows

Vintiques Northwest Nationals – First weekend in August http://www.vintiques.com/

Vintiques UnRun – First Saturday in August http://www.vintiques.com/

Farmers Market and Fairs
Yakima Farmer's MarketDowntown Yakima – Sundays, May through October 509-457-5765, http://www.yakimafarmersmarket.org/
Downtown Selah Saturdays, June through October 509-965-1558
Washington’s Fruit Place April through December 509-966-1275, http://www.treeriped.com/
West Valley Fair & Rodeo First weekend of August 509-965-5612

Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo – Second weekend in Augusthttp://www.yvfair-rodeo.org/
Hop Events
Moxee Hop Festival – First weekend in August (509) 452-5632, http://www.evcea.org/

Wine Tasting Rooms
Bonair Winery 509-829-6027 http://www.bonairwine.com/
Eaton Hill Winery 509-854-2220
Gilbert Cellars (509) 249-9049 http://www.gilbertcellars.com/
Kana Winery 509-453-6611 http://www.kanawinery.com/
Masset Winery 509-877-6675 http://www.massetwinery.com/
Piety Flats 509-877-3115 http://www.pietyflatswinery.com/
Plaza Soceiovole Winery (509) 454-9463 http://www.plazasocievolewinery.com/
Wineglass Cellars 509-829-3011 http://www.wineglasscellars.com/

For more Wine Events information contact the Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail 1-888-375-7498 http://www.rattlesnakehills.com/

For more events information contact the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce 509-248-2021 http://www.yakima.org/

Here’s a great site to help show you around our part of the state:

http://www.experiencewa.com/scenic-byways/yakama.aspx

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