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Snoqualmie Falls

Tucked away in the nearby Cascade Mountains, a roaring waterfall draws 1.5 million visitors every year. Snoqualmie Falls is only a 40-minute drive east from Seattle, making it an easy destination for a full day of adventure.

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The iconic falls are known around the world from their appearance in the popular television show Twin Peaks—it’s featured in the opening credits—and draws admirers for its impressive height at 30.5 meters tall.

Nearby parking lots lead to a main viewing platform at the top of the falls. This viewpoint is paved and easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller. From this high vantage, take pictures of the full length of Snoqualmie Falls and feel the delicate spray of the water on your face.

If you want to see things from a different perspective, follow a gently sloped hiking trail down to a boardwalk at the bottom of the waterfall. The roar of the water splashing into the river below is heightened here, where the power of the falls is on full display.

Once you enjoy your fill of Snoqualmie Falls, relax and pamper yourself at Salish Lodge & Spa, the expansive resort perched right above the waterfall. A day spa offers luxurious massages, facials, body scrubs, and sauna treatments, while a full-service restaurant and separate bar serve seasonally inspired food and cocktails. Don’t forget to stop by the Snoqualmie Falls Gift Shop & Visitor Center for Native art, Twin Peaks souvenirs, and famous Salish Lodge honey made from resident bees.

Extend your visit with a family-friendly or moderate hike on nearby trails in the North Bend region. Twin Falls, Little Si, Rattlesnake Ledge, and Annette Lake are all close to Snoqualmie Falls and reachable within a morning or afternoon. Or pay a visit to The Summit at Snoqualmie. This ski area is packed in wintertime with skiers and snowboarders, and in summer, its scenic chairlift rides and mountain bike park are popular warm-weather attractions.

Travel Info: Snoqualmie Falls is a 40-minute drive (45 kilometers) from Seattle. Take I-5 to I-90 east. Take exit 25 for WA-18 west toward Snoqualmie Parkway and continue to Snoqualmie Falls. The Summit at Snoqualmie is a 30-minute drive (43 kilometers) from Snoqualmie Falls. Take exit 52 from I-90 east onto WA-906.

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