Do you want to take a summer vacation you can brag about on social media but don’t want to take several days off from work? Same.
But, believe it or not even if you’ve lived in Yakima your whole life, there are dozens of places in and around the Valley you’ve probably never visited before and are worthy of a spot in your yearly “Top Eight.”
So we took the frustration out of vacations and planned 26 perfectly Instagramable hours in Washington state. Check out one of the destinations or visit every one. All you need is a car, a paycheck or two, a map or Google Maps and your phone.
• For your map: 3 N. Sixth Ave., Yakima
Winey Dogs is the perfect place to pick up a light lunch in Yakima before starting on your journey. The shop, located at 3 N Sixth Ave. is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, features four wine-based hot dogs and two other dogs. Reporter Mai Hoang recommends the “Blue Dog,” which has sauteed onions, blue cheese and a red wine reduction.
• For your map: 101 E. Selah Road, Yakima
You’re on the way to Ellensburg, but you must stop by a fruit stand along the way. I recommend the Precision Fruit Stand. Not only do they have Yakima Valley fresh produce but they also have a whole extra room just filled with antiques to get lost in.
• For your map: 101 N. Pearl St., Ellensburg
Now you’re headed to Dick and Jane’s spot in Ellensburg. Located at 101 N. Pearl Street, this yard displays an eclectic collection of work from more than 40 Northwest artists. Jane — the homeowner — asks visitors to respect the fence and steer your car clear of the front of the house. But the owner, a Central Washington University alumnus, encourages visitors to take their time looking at the collection that’s been 35 years in the making.
• For your map: 6922 Preston-Fall City Road SE, Issaquah
• To make reservations log on to treehousepoint.com
You’re in for a little more driving as you head to TreeHouse Point in Issaquah. Now, this is something has to be booked in advance. You can’t even stop by to look around without an appointment. But it’s totally worth it. At TreeHouse Point, you can relive your childhood and stay in a treehouse (obviously) with all the amenities of a regular hotel room.
• For your map: 98 NE Gilman Blvd., Issaquah
I know, I felt a little embarassed looking XXX Rootbeer Drive-in up at first, too but after reading the reviews I’m sold. Visitors say burgers are huge and the root beer is great. Before you go, be sure to take some snaps next to their old-timey decorations for your next #TBT.
• After dinner, head back to your treehouse for a good night’s sleep and make sure to catch the homemade continental breakfast and grab a water bottle before heading out for the day.
• For your map: Snoqualmie Falls
Head to the Snoqualmie Falls Trail Head and get to stepping. While the trail is rated “easy” and is only about 1.5 miles round-trip, many hikers say it’s a steep incline for such a short distance. Take some photos at the top and then head down to grab a few more pics by the water’s edge. Authorities caution hikers to stay behind the fence as water levels can rise quickly and the ground can be slippery. Basically, don’t “do it for the ‘gram.”
• 6501 Railroad Ave., No. 102, Snoqualmie
After you finish your hike, stop at The Attic at Salish Lodge and Spa. If you’re lucky to find a table next to the window, you can snap all the photos you want of the falls.
• After you finish your lunch it’s time to head home. Be sure to stop at a scenic lookout on Interstate 82 — my favorite is a couple exits outside of Selah, but the view right after the Fred G. Redmon Memorial Bridge is pretty nice too — before coming back down into the Valley and take one last picture for your Instagram and one last deep breath of vacation. You did it!