Over the weekend, I took a scenic tour through some areas of Central Washington State that I have never been through before. This includes the regional Yakima Valley area noted for it plentiful agriculture industry that includes growing hops, as well as fruit and vegetables. This area also has many fine vineyards located along the Yakima River Valley.
But the main reason for my decision to visit this area was based on reading about the small, Western town of Toppenish. Come to find out, the town prides itself on having a large collection of Western Art murals spread all over town…over 70 in all! One can take a walking tour to view the many marvelous murals painted on the sides and fronts of buildings. Below, I have included some photo samples of these marvelous works of art.
And while in Toppenish, visit the American Hop Museum, the only one of its kind in the US, and as well, the magnificent Yakama Nation Museum. Getting to this quaint, Western town is quite easy. True, it will take some time and distance from the major metropolitan areas of Seattle and Portland, and I recommend planning your visit with a night’s stay in a hotel/motel somewhere along the way to or from the area. From the Seattle area, zip through the Cascades on I-90 to Ellensburg, and then head south to Yakima on I-82. From there, follow US Rte 97 to Toppenish. Pay attention to the signs that point to the town center. From the Portland area, follow the Columbia River Gorge Interstate 85, cross the river at US Rte 97 and head north to Toppenish. From all areas in Central Oregon, just head north all the way on US Rte 97.
Just a word of caution. This Central Washington region is desert area, and during the mid summer, temperatures can exceed 100 degrees for several days. Plan accordingly. This is why I went in the spring when temperatures are a bit more comfortable. Happy traveling!
All images property of Peggy A Thompson