Yakima Valley: June 2010 Archives

Recreation on the Yakima River

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yakima_scouts2.jpgBy Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau

During the summer months, there isn't a more relaxing way to soak up the beauty of the Valley than a gentle, 11-mile float down the Yakima River. Motorized watercraft are prohibited on the river, except between the Roza Recreational Site and Roza Dam, which controls irrigation for 72,000 irrigated acres downstream.

Rill Adventures on the Old Thorp Highway can outfit you with rafting, rowing and fishing gear, as well as picnic lunches, ices chests and dry bags. The company also offers kayaking lessons, shuttle service and full-moon floats June through August.

Tour Yakima Valley by Bicycle

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Silverlake-2.jpgBy Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau

From spectacular views to challenging climbs, the Yakima Valley has much to offer cycling enthusiasts. Elite riders will enjoy the grades west of Yakima from Eschbach Park to Naches Heights and Lake Wenas. The tough terrain is conquered each April during the Group Health Yakima Ridges Bike Ride.

If you're looking for a less strenuous, but no less breathtaking trip, venture to the Yakima River Canyon, where each May, traffic is restricted while riders of all ages and abilities participate in the Your Canyon for a Day Bike Tour.

Outdoor Adventures in Yakima Valley

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Fishing-10.jpgBy Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau

Serene to spine-tingling, there are plenty of ways to answer the call of the wild.

In the Yakima Valley, weather and topography team up to create the perfect conditions for outdoor adventure. Weather in the valley is moderate during the spring and fall, crisp and cold in the winter, and hot and dry in the summer, and no matter what the season, there's a good chance the sun will be shining.

Spectacular mountain passes, deep blue lakes, rushing rivers and pretty meadows provide a wealth of exhilarating recreational opportunities. For the adventurous, there is skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing and river rafting, alongside the more serene pursuits of horseback riding, hiking and golfing.

Yakima Valley Shopping

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shopping.jpgBy Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau

Enjoy a warm welcome at our distinctive shops and spas.

You've tasted the wine, sampled the fresh fruits and vegetables, and photographed the quirky attractions. So what's left to do in the Yakima Valley? Why, shop, of course! It may be best known for its wineries and produce stands, but the Valley's hidden gems are its distinctive shops and friendly merchants.

Start with the Visitor Information Center on Fair Avenue at the edge of downtown Yakima, which offers more than just maps and tips for traveling the Valley. The gift shop represents a who's who of local products, from Yakima Valley wines to chocolate-covered cherries, plus handcrafted jewelry and accessories from around the world.

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