Snoqualmie Falls, a 270 foot waterfall, is one of the most popular attractions in Washington. It’s located only a half hour drive from Seattle and can be combined with a wine tasting trip to nearby Woodinville.
After parking in the free public lot across the street, we crossed the covered wooden footbridge to access the viewing area. There are some historic photos on the bridge.
The falls were raging and there was lots of mist in the air. It was impossible to see them clearly but it was still quite a sight.
At the upper observation deck, there are interpretive panels about the history of the falls and the hydroelectric power plant that produces energy from them. A lower observation deck is just a few steps away.
There’s a short ½ mile trail to the view the falls from the river, but we decided not to do it because of the low visibility. If you don’t want to hike down to the river, there’s a lower parking lot you can access via Fish Hatchery Road.
Before leaving, we popped into the Salish Lodge, a luxury resort and spa owned by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. The lodge is best known as the inspiration for The Great Northern Hotel in the hit television show Twin Peaks.