Whether you’re a first-time visitor to Walla Walla, Washington or a local expert there’s always something fun to do no matter what time of year you’re looking to adventure around. For those of you who are looking for a quick list of adventures then check out our list of activities below.
1. Explore the Outdoors
Walla Walla is continuing to grow as an outdoor recreation hot spot. With easy access to thousands of mountain trails for hiking, biking, backpacking, camping and more. There’s also easy access to both the Snake and Columbia rivers and dozens of lakes and ponds it can be a fisherman’s haven. Don’t be deterred in the winter either as there are fun winter activities to enjoy as well from downhill and cross-country skiing to sledding and snowshoeing.
Even if you’re only in town for a quick weekend trip you can take in one of the in-town walking paths to get a taste of the outdoors.
2. Culinary Adventures
While Walla Walla might be known for the booming wine industry, the culinary roots of the valley also run deep. You can find delicious food to fuel up for any activity by stopping into any of the amazing restaurants that populate the downtown area. If you’re up for venturing a little farther out then you’ll find wonderful hidden gems like authentic Italian cuisine and tasty BBQ.
3. Wine Tasting
A list of things to do wouldn’t really be complete without listing a tourist favorite – wine tasting. Over the last couple of decades, the Walla Walla Valley has become home to hundreds of wineries that produce some of the finest wines in the country. Often referred to as the new Napa Valley there are delicious whites, roses, and reds to enjoy. Divide up your weekend and taste in each of the wine districts – Southside/Oregon, Eastside, Westside, Airport, and Downtown.
4. Historical Sites
Home to plenty of history, exploring one of the many museums in the area can be a nice way to gain a little knowledge of how the town came to be. Fort Walla Walla Museum and the Whitman Mission both offer interesting perspectives on the earliest days of this wonderful community.
Wine Valley Golf Course is a highly-rated, links golf course that plays home to dozens of tournaments each year. While tee times can be difficult to come by during the peak season, if you plan far enough in advance you can get a chance to play on this beautiful course. If you just love to play then check out the municipal golf course – Veteran’s Memorial Golf Course or venture south into Oregon to play the Milton-Freewater course.
6. Breweries, Cider Houses, and Distilleries
While wine has made a name for itself in the area, craft breweries, cider houses and distilleries are breaking into the market. There are currently a handful of these sprinkled throughout the area and make a wonderful place to take a break from wine.
7. Farmers Market/Local Produce
The summer and fall are wonderful times to explore the rich agricultural offerings of the valley. There are a couple of farmer’s markets that feature local farms and artisans. With one quick stop you can taste local offerings and stock up for your day of exploring. There are also a number of farm stands in the area where you can stop and purchase Walla Walla sweet onions, apples, plums, flowers and more.