DescriptionWenatchee spreads along the Columbia River just below the confluence with its namesake stream. Despite its rich volcanic soil, the Wenatchee Valley was too arid for farming until the Highline Canal was built in 1903. Once irrigated, the land was planted with apple trees, and Wenatchee emerged as one of the world's largest producers of the fruit.
Wenatchee's proximity to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest makes it a prime area for all-year recreation, from hiking in summer to skiing in winter. Pick up tourist-related literature at the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce.
A string of parks extends along the city's Columbia River shore. Wenatchee Riverfront Park, off Wenatchee Avenue at 501 Fifth St., features a xeriscape demonstration garden and railroad displays that include a World War II switcher, a diesel locomotive and a caboose. A miniature railway, 155 N. Worthen St., offers passenger rides approximately twice a month on weekends, April through August (weather permitting); phone (509) 661-4551 for park information or (509) 888-6240 for train schedule information.
North of the city, Walla Walla Point Park and Wenatchee Confluence State Park offer swimming beaches, playing fields and hiking trails. The Apple Capital Loop Trail, an 11-mile paved circuit linked by bridges to the east bank of the Columbia River, connects this string of parks. The trail, lighted until midnight on the Wenatchee side, is popular with pedestrians, bicyclists and roller skaters.
Visitor InfoWenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce 1 S. Wenatchee Ave. WENATCHEE, WA 98801. Phone:(509)662-2116 or (800)572-7753
ShoppingJCPenney is the anchor store at Valley North Center, 1300 N. Miller St. Macy's anchors Wenatchee Valley Mall, 511 Valley Mall Pkwy. in East Wenatchee. A cluster of antique shops and boutiques line Wenatchee Avenue between Kittitas and 2nd streets.
The Pybus Public Market, 3 N. Worthen St. opposite Riverfront Park, houses restaurants, specialty shops, vendors and the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. The farmers market sets up Sat. 8-1, May through October.
Things to SeeOhme Gardens
WINERIESChateau Faire Le Pont Winery