When it comes to natural wonder, Snoqualmie Falls is up there on the Washington sight-seeing to-do list, along with Mt. Rainier National Park. (Though, visiting them both in the same day isn’t recommended, simply because there is so much to see and do in each one.)
In this post, you will discover all about Snoqualmie Falls.
Close your eyes and imagine you’re standing in view of a 263 foot, stunning waterfall.
Now open them and plan yourself a trip to Snoqualmie. Because, you have to, have to, have to see it in person!
It’s among the best waterfalls in all of the United States and also one of Washington’s most popular scenic attractions. It has roughly a million visitors each year.
Snoqualmie has Native American roots, as they were it’s very first settlers. They considered it to be a spiritual place, and many legends are surrounding the area including one about a beaver who went up to the heavens and brought fire and trees back down to earth.
The word Snoqualmie comes from Native American word meaning, “moon”.
Snoqualmie Falls Park is a short drive from Seattle, taking maybe 30 minutes during normal traffic flow. The best way to get there in by heading east on Interstate 90. You will take Exit 25, Snoqualmie Parkway. You will briefly pass through a housing development before coming to your left turn onto 202. The park will be half a mile down. But don’t worry. There are signs on the road to direct you the whole way.
If you want to make it a double adventure, you could take a train ride there instead. All aboard the Northwest Railway Museum to learn a little bit about the area’s history on your way to the falls.
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Snoqualmie is definitely Instagram-worthy. So, snap away. It’s no wonder why it’s become a popular destination for weddings.
After you manage to tear yourself away from the waterfall and you climb down from the viewing deck, you will find that there are several trails to hike inside the park. There are also plenty of picnic tables scattered all over. So if you plan ahead and time it right, you can pack a lunch to enjoy.
If you didn’t pack a lunch -don’t fret. You will be happy to know that the Salish Lodge nearby the Falls has a restaurant called The Attic. It’s a comfy and casual little find where you can enjoy hand-crafted sandwiches, stone-fired pizzas and a glass of wine.