Wenatchee is a mid-size metropolitan area located within the North Cascades region of Washington State. The greater area also incorporates East Wenatchee.
Wenatchee is located at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers and is within the rain shadow of the Cascade Range, which means that unlike cities in western Washington, Wenatchee sees nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. Its climate is very similar to that of other eastern Washington cities, yet it still retains the picturesque views of the Cascade mountains.
It is believe by archeologists that an ancient people had migrated to the Wenatchee area during the last ice, some 12,000 years ago. This belief is based on many Clovis artifacts that have been found in or around the greater Wenatchee. These ancient people are thought to be the descendants of who would later become known as the Yakima Indians. White settlers began to move into the area during the late 1800s and early 1900s and colonization began.
The Wenatchee Valley provides an ideal climate for agriculture, and therefore, the area has become widely known for its produce. There are a plethora of orchards in the valley, especially Apple orchards, from which Wenatchee has earned the slogan “Apple Capital of the World.”
In recent years, the city has seen substantial growth within its communities. The greater Wenatchee area incorporates East Wenatchee, which lies on the opposite side of the Columbia River, as well as Rock Island and Malaga. The greater area has a population estimated at over 100,000 residents. It is a popular destination for outdoor adventurers and enthusiasts looking to find a refreshing getaway from their every day surroundings.
Pangborn Memorial Airportis the closest airport to Wenatchee (15 minutes away). The airport has three Horizon Airlines flights a day to Seattle/Tacoma.
By carDriving is the most common way to get into and around town from the surrounding regions. It is NE of Seattle via I-90, SR-970 (Exit #85 from I-90) and US Hwy 97. From Spokane it is west via I-90, SR-281 (Exit 151 from I-90) and SR-28 through Quincy.
- US Hwy 2 & 97 passes through town from Peshastin west of town and north and south along the east side of the Columbia River from Orondo, north of town.
- US Hwy 2 continues () east towards Coulee City from Hwy 97 in Orondo and west to Leavenworth from its junction with Hwy 97 west of town in Peshastin.
US Hwy 97 continues north to Chelan from its junction with US Hwy 2 in Orondo and south towards Ellensburg from US Hwy 2, west of town. Alternatively US Hwy 97 ALT parallels US Hwy 97 along the west side of the Columbia River to Chelan.
By trainWenatchee is served once daily by Amtrak on its Empire Builder train, running between Chicago, Spokane and Seattle. Westbound trains are split in Spokane with half going towards Portland and the other going towards Seattle. Both halves, going towards Chicago, are joined in Spokane. Wenatchee is on the Seattle to Spokane branch of the Empire Builder.
address: 1 Kittitas St & S Columbia StThe station is an unmanned platform with only a shelter. There are no facilities or amenities at this station
By busThe is located next to the Columbia Station Building at 300 S Columbia St at Kittitas & Columbia, across the street (Columbia) from the Amtrak station parking lot. It is served by:
phone: +1 509 662-1155address: (office) 300 Columbia AveOffers local bus service, service to East Wenatchee and intercity services to Ardenvoir (Rt #26); Chelan, Chelan Falls (#20); Leavenworth (#22); Manson (#20,21); Rock Island (#23); Cashmere (#22 & 28), etc.
phone: +1 509 838-4029address: (bus stop) Columbia Station at 300 S Columbiagoes north from Ellensburg to Omak via Quincy, Pateros, Wenatchee, Okanogan, etc. along US Hwy 97 twice daily. See schedules. Connections to Greyhound and other bus lines are in Ellensburg.
phone: +1 509 769-0898address: (bus stop) Columbia Station Link Transit CenterThrice daily trip between Moses Lake and Wenatchee through Ephrata and Quincy along SR-28 and 17.
phone: +1 509 838-4029Northwestern Trailways has one trip a day from Seattle (via Everett, Monroe, Stevens Pass, Skykomish, Leavenworth etc) and from Spokane (via Quincy, Moses Lake, Ritzville) to Wenatchee. Connections to Greyhound and other bus lines are in Everett, Seattle, Moses Lake and Spokane. Tickets can also be booked on Greyhound.com.
phone: +1 509 293-5773address: (bus stops) Pangborn Airport, Penny Rd P&R and Columbia StationA shared shuttle service that operates several daily departures to Wenatchee and Peshastin in Eastern Washington from Sea-Tac and Bellevue. Check with them regarding local door to door pick-up or drop-off.
- Children's Discovery Museum, Riverside Playhouse, and Music Theatre
- Ohme Gardens
- Stemilt Growers
- Wenatchee Valley Museum
- Wenatchee Confluence State Park
- Wenatchee Conference Center, Stanley Civic Center, and B of A Performing Arts Center
- Antique Shop District
phone: +1 509 667-WINEaddress: 1 Vineyard Way
phone: +1 509 888-3900address: 3 N Worthen StOpen, airy marketplace featuring local farm goods, artisanal foods, restaurants & specialty shops. It is also the same location for the Wenatchee Farmers Market from May through December.
phone: +1 509 886-2995address: 511 Valley Mall ParkwayWenatchee Valley Mall hosts Bed Bath & Beyond, Grocery Outlet, Macy's, Marshalls, PetSmart, Ross, Sportsman Warehouse and numerous other shops & restaurants in the mall and in the immediate surrounding areas not part of the mall (Fred Meyer, Hobby Lobby, Petco, Olive Garden, amongst others). There are other smaller strip malls, free standing establishments & hotels radiating north and south along Valley Mall Pkwy
phone: +1 509 665-8585address: 1017 N Wenatchee Ave
phone: +1 509 663-6355address: 1921 N. Wenatchee Ave
phone: +1 509-662-3443address: 1401 North Miller StHeated outdoor pool, hot tub, business centre, meeting space, laundry facilities. Microwaves, refrigerators and wi-fi in rooms, breakfast included, pets welcome, handicap-accessible rooms available. No extra charge for kids 17 and under staying with an adult.
phone: +1 509 662-1511address: 1201 South Miller Street
phone: +1 509 663-8711address: 820 N. Chelan Avenue
- Chelan - Chelan County county seat
- Chelan County Historical Museum
- Earthquake Point
- Echo Valley - ski resort
- Golden West Visitors Center
- Lake Chelan - ride the boat to Stehekin
- Lake Chelan State Park
- Lake Wenatchee State Park
- Leavenworth - ski resort
- Lincoln Rock State Park
- Mission Ridge - ski resort
- Peshastin Pinnacles State Park
- Squilchuck State Park
- Twenty Five Mile Creek State Park