Best of the Columbia Gorge
Vancouver National Historic Reserve: History buffs will be in heaven here, exploring a reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company fort, turn-of-the-20th-century barracks, and a historic airfield.
Beacon Rock State Park: Lewis and Clark spotted this gigantic volcanic rock on their journey west. Climb to the top of the rock for the best view of the Gorge.
Maryhill Museum of Art: Dubbed “Castle Nowhere,” this remote museum is remarkable for its collections of Rodin sculptures and chess sets.
Ellensburg Rodeo: One of the most famous cattle ropin’ roundups in the country circles the wagons in Ellensburg every Labor Day weekend.
Ohme Gardens: A green oasis sitting high above the hard-scrabbled dry land east of Wenatchee, this garden sanctuary features rock terraces, alpine vegetation, soothing waterfalls and quiet ponds.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition