I’ve been lucky to explore Central Washington this fall, and see some beautiful foliage, sunsets, and columnar basalt. One of my favorite places has been Wenatchee Valley, which contains one of the largest cities in the region, Wenatchee. In Seattle there are various billboards and signs suggesting a visit to the area, and I was always pretty skeptical. It reminded me of my hometown, Paso Robles which is about the same size and hypes a lot of the same things (wine, wineries, etc.). But then, maybe that’s part of why I liked it so much? Here is a view of the city itself on a cloudy day. You can see all of the hills of the valley, and the Cascade Mountains behind them.
Another beautiful thing about Wenatchee Valley is that the Columbia River runs right through the middle of the valley and the city, which leads to some stunning views driving around the area. In the small town of Rock Island (not an actual island, as far as I can tell) there is the Rock Island Dam, which was beautiful and going full blast on my drive by.
The columnar basalt in the area is also beautiful, and you get to drive past a bunch of small coulees and rock faces right next to the road.
I was also really into the beautiful orchards and vineyards along the way, and took a few side trips to examine them more closely. I love the fall and this is the first time I’ve lived somewhere that has actual color change in the foliage!