North Central Washington is a great place for a traveler to visit, regardless of their background and interests. The largest city in the region, and a location filled with wonderful things for travelers to do, is Wenatchee. Wenatchee sits right at the point where the Wenatchee River flows into the mighty Columbia River and is a central hub of business and industry in North Central Washington. Here is a look at just three of the great things to do when visiting the city of Wenatchee.
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
The Wenatchee area, and all of North Central Washington for that matter, has a fascinating and interesting history. From the time before settlers came to the area, to the exploration and settlement along the banks of the Columbia River, to its development as an amazing agricultural and outdoor recreation area, it is all chronicled and preserved at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center. Visiting this wonderful facility gives a new appreciation for the city of Wenatchee and the surrounding area.
Ohme Gardens is a small hilltop park that sits on the north end of Wenatchee. The park is owned by Chelan County and was started as a private venue in the first half of the 1900s. The park features an alpine landscape filled with small ponds and creeks that are surrounded by a number of different kinds of plants and trees. Interesting little paths lead throughout the park and offer a number of great places to stop and relax in this beautiful setting. There are also great views of the Wenatchee Valley and the Columbia River that can be had by the traveler who stops there. The park is a popular location for weddings, reunions, and other gatherings.
Saddlerock is the name the locals have for a large saddle shaped rock formation that sits high on a hillside overlooking the city of Wenatchee. There are two main ways to hike up to Saddlerock, the northern route being significantly more steep than the southern route. From the top of Saddlerock a number of great views of the entire area, including both up and down the Columbia River can be had. It is also a great place for a picnic lunch or some quiet time in the great outdoors.