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Downtown Yakima

I’ve been to Yakima a few times, but never for longer than a week. Hence, for this post I thought I’d get my recommendations from my awesome friend Amelia, someone who actually knows what she’s talking about in terms of the city. Enjoy her suggestions below. But first I’ll share a fun fact about Yakima that I actually knew: in the Nickelodeon  show iCarly, the title character’s grandfather is from Yakima – though the characters rarely pronounce the name correctly (According to the City of Yakima site). In fact, here’s an excerpt from one of Carly’s blogs, entitled, “I Was Almost a Yakimite!!!”: “This week was ALMOST the worst week EVER! OMG, I thought I was gonna have to move to YAKIMA! Try saying “Yakima” out loud — it sounds like a person vomiting (no offense to the nice people who live in Yakima!)”


But despite how Carly makes it sound, Yakima actually offers a lot of great – and free – activities. Here are some of Amelia’s ideas.


Weeping Cherry Tree and Daffodils at the Yakima Area Arboretum

Amelia’s Favorite … 

Freebie: Yakima Area Arboretum. This 46-acre arboretum is a colorful feast for the eyes and boasts over 2,000 species of flora along the Yakima River. Looking for a particular flower? Check their web site to see what’s currently in bloom. The arboretum, which is open daily from dawn to dusk, is also the site for Yakima’s Relay for Life luminary walk.

Inside the kitchen at Mercedes & Family

Restaurant: Mercedes & Family Food to Go. In a city with a myriad of Mexican restaurants, both Amelia and her boyfriend Mike assure me that this is the real deal. They recommend the tamales. Aside from the meals being the tastiest in town, most of them are also under $10, including a $3.99 burrito.

View from inside a cave at Boulder Cave National Recreational Trail

Outdoor Activity: If you’re willing to drive a little outside of town, head over to Boulder Cave National Recreational Trail, in the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest. The trail is about 1.5 miles round trip and Amelia says the waterfalls alone are worth the trip. If you choose to stay all day, the Boulder Cave Campground is available nearby.




Yakima Quick Facts:

Founded: 1883 as “Yakima City” (City of Yakima web site)

Population: 85,832 (2009 U.S. Census estimate)

Name Origins: The most popular theory of Yakima’s etymology is that a Native American chief’s daughter fled from her home after breaking tribal rules and made her home on the Yakima River. The word Yakima in this legend means “runaway.” (City of Yakima web site)

Driving distance from:

Ellensburg: 40 minutes

Seattle: 2 hours, 24 minutes

Portland: 3 hours, 11 minutes

Spokane: 3 hours, 21 minutes



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