Maybe when you hear Snoqualmie, you think of the falls (totally fair). But there are so many more things you will find on a day trip to this scenic and friendly King County city, home to about 14,000 people.
1. The Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum and Park The 12-acre park includes places to picnic; educational signs; and, of course, stellar views of the falls. But don’t miss Puget Sound Energy’s historic carpenter shop and train depot to learn more about the world’s first underground power station and hydroelectricity. Visit here to see a video about it.
2. Snoqualmie Casino Try your luck at the games, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the restaurants, and catch a show.
3. Historic Snoqualmie Depot — Northwest Railway Museum The Snoqualmie Depot was built in 1890 and is located at 38625 S.E. King St. Admission to tour the depot and grounds is free, except for major holidays. Donations are welcome.
4. Sandy Cove Park Nestled along the Snoqualmie River, it’s a serene spot to catch a view and have a picnic.
5. Snoqualmie Point Park For grand views by day, and stargazing at night. It also is a trailhead for biking and hiking Rattlesnake Mountain Trail.
6. DirtFish For those with a need for speed, this is one of the premier rally schools in the country.
7. Elk herds at Meadowbrook Farm Meadowbrook Farm is 460 acres in the valley shared by Snoqualmie and North Bend. The public land preserve has an interpretive center, trails, and wildlife viewing and hosts various events. If you are lucky, you might see the resident elk herd.
8. Sno-King Ice Arena Snoqualmie Get bundled up and go ice-skating, catch a hockey game, or take a figure skating class.
9. Meadowbrook Bridge is a place Twin Peaks fans will recognize. Stop here to take in the sights and sounds of the Snoqualmie River.
10. The Boeing Classic is an annual August tradition at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge. This year, it’s set for Aug. 16–22. Tickets are available here.