An abundance of outdoor activities within a short drive of town — hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, rafting, hunting … you name it — have gone a long way toward putting Yakima on the minds of tourists around the region.
Yakima offers all the outdoor activities that make the Pacific Northwest famous.
Outdoor adventures are plentiful across the Yakima Valley, with abundant opportunities to explore every season. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular in the winter. Hiking, biking, climbing and camping are popular in the spring, summer and fall. Opportunities for water sports like kayaking, river rafting and paddle boarding are nearby.
The area is also popular among hikers, cyclists and campers during the warmer months. Dozens of trailheads, campgrounds and river access points can be found along the highway, so visitors should be prepared to pull off the road and explore.
There are also playgrounds for the kids, plus lots of open grass areas to have a picnic or sit back and enjoy the agreeable Central Washington climate.
The Greenway is right off Interstate 82 in Yakima, heading east on Yakima Avenue.
Yakima River Canyon
Most of the recreation areas are intended for day use, though many allow overnight camping. Here you can find people fishing, boating, hiking, taking photography and floating the river.