Breathtaking scenery, a prosperous culture, and interesting Native American history are just a few things that one can use to describe Snoqualmie. Known for the natural marvel that is Snoqualmie Falls, this town is an extremely popular destination for travelers from all around the world. The city’s population is currently sitting at around 11,000 people with over 3,500 households.
Thanks to Snoqualmie's friendly residents, local businesses, topnotch school district, and gorgeous environment, the city has won countless awards for quality of life in recent years. Just a few of these awards include #1 best city for young families in Washington in 2014, 5th best place to live in America in 2015, and #1 safest city in Washington in 2018 & 2019.
Snoqualmie Point Park
Snoqualmie Point Park offers a monumental view of the Cascade Mountains, ranging all the way from Mount Si in the south to Mount Baker in the north. It is a gorgeous and commonly used venue for picnics, outdoor concerts, weddings, festivals, and just general sight-seeing. The park contains 8 acres of green fields and lush forests, as well as amenities such as an outdoor stage for concerts and performances, a unique viewing shelter, walking trails, and restrooms.
Northwest Railway Museum
This museum was founded in 1957 and is currently the largest railroad museum in the state. Some exhibits are located inside the Snoqualmie Depot in the passenger waiting areas and freight room, which is designed to simulate the function of the ancient train station. The Museum's gift shop and bookstore display and sell published material on railroad history and technology. Trains run out of the museum weekly between April and October for customers to ride. Every July, Thomas the Tank Engine visits to take kids on a ride around the museum, and Santa’s train comes through each year after Thanksgiving.
The Summit at Snoqualmie
This winter resort located on Snoqualmie Pass provides the perfect venue for Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and winter tubing. The Summit consists of four main areas of which all used to be individually owned and operated resorts. The bases – Alpental, Summit West, Summit Central, and Summit East – are bordered by lakes on the east, west, and north. The largest vertical drop at the Summit reaches a height of nearly 2,300 feet, and between the 4 bases there are 21 chairlifts and 6 surface lifts. There are multiple cafés and bar & grills located at the resort that offer a variety of food and drinks.
Three Forks Parks
Near the Snoqualmie Falls and in plain view of Mount Si is the Three Forks Natural Park. The main area is over 200 acres of green grassy meadows and mostly untouched wetlands, hence the “natural” park namesake. The 32-mile walking trail runs alongside an old railroad and is commonly used amongst joggers, bikers, dog walkers, and bird watchers. You can also access the Snoqualmie Valley Regional Trail here.
Beside the natural area is the beautiful 8-acre Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park which is completely fenced in and has separate enclosed spaces for large dogs and small dogs. The grass is routinely mowed and taken care of to provide the pups with the best giant backyard they could ever dream of!
Snoqualmie Falls is a 269-foot waterfall, and one of Washington's most famous scenic attractions. Nearly 2 million people visit the Falls every year to appreciate its natural beauty. The top of the waterfall is less than 100 yards from the gift shop, espresso stand, bathrooms, and picnic area. The best views of the waterfall are from the side, which has a fence separating visitors from the cliff edge. At the viewing point on the side of the falls, the trail descends about 300 feet in half of a mile and passes through the rain forest filled with Maple and Douglas-fir trees.
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