Snoqualmie Falls is one of those places everyone in Seattle knows about, but doesn’t visit unless guests are in town. They’re a beautiful place to visit no matter what time of year. In the spring, the water powerfully flows as the snow melts from the mountain. In the winter, there’s no better place to cozy up next to a fire with a view.
How to Get There
Getting to the falls is an easy day trip. Located off I-90, it’s about 45 minutes east of Seattle. There are several parking lots to park in, so you shouldn’t have to walk too far.
If you’re visiting and don’t have a car, several tour companies can take you out there. Even better, you can join a tour of Snoqualmie Falls that also includes a winery tour. Welcome to Seattle!
Where to Stay
While you can easily make this a day trip, I highly recommend making a weekend of it and spending the night. The Salish Lodge and Spa sits at the top of the falls, and is a treat to stay in. It has been operating since 1919, but got remodeled in the 80s. I can’t think of many other places that are more romantic than enjoying a glass of wine by the fire with a view of a waterfall outside. After hiking around the falls, you can come back to your room and enjoy a spa treatment.
What to Do
The view at the top is beautiful, but you can take the trail down from the top to get to the river. It’s about a mile long and will bring you to a second parking lot complete with a bathroom. From there, go along the boardwalk to walk closer to the falls. If you walk away from the falls, you’ll find a popular spot to play in the river.
During the warmer months, many people head to this part of the river where you can swim. People sunbathe on the rocks or bring a picnic to enjoy. An ice cream stand sells ice cream cones by the main road, so make sure to grab one before you come down.
Don’t discount the winter months though. I think it’s actually equally beautiful to watch the waterfall during the rainy months from the Lodge. Head to the bar for a glass of Chardonnay as you enjoy one of the most beautiful views around.
Even if you’re not staying the night, make a reservation for breakfast in the morning before you explore the falls. The four-course meal they serve will have you absolutely stuffed. Their pancakes are so famous that they sell the secret mix right in the gift shop. It’s the perfect way to start a rainy weekend day.
What’s the prettiest waterfall you’ve ever been to?
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