An Insider’s Guide to Walla Walla, WA

Walla Walla has it all, from  wine to shopping to outdoor activities. The weather’s dry year round, so take advantage and head outdoors to practice your golf game or ride your bike around the area. When you’re done with that, visit one of the dozens of wineries to taste local wine.


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Check Out the Arts

Walk along the historic downtown area to see public art all throughout it. You can even download the Art Walla Public Art Walking Tour from the town’s main website to have a self-guided tour explaining what each piece of art is that you’re walking by. When you’re done, pop in one of the restaurants for lunch and a glass of wine.

Go Shopping

The downtown area has not only restaurants and wine tasting shops, but plenty of shopping to do. Many boutique shops line the streets including clothing, jewelry, and handmade craft shops. The area has a very laid-back feel, so take your time and get to know the local vendors who run the shops.

Bike Around the Valley

Walla Walla is rated as one of the top road cycling destinations in the nation. Beginners will love leisurely going through the paved trails and flat roads through the farmlands and enjoying the sights. More experienced bikers can head to the mountains to tackle the twists and turns of the steep, ascending hills.

Monte Willis of law firm Willis & Toews, PLLC loves taking his bike out in the area, stating:

“Bicycling is my favorite thing to do in Walla Walla.  Not only does Walla Walla have the Mill Creek Trail for riders of all levels and a network of mountain biking trails surrounding Bennington Lake, but it also provides access by miles of county maintained roads with relatively low traffic.  If you want an interval workout, ride north toward Waitsburg, Dayton or Prescott where you will ride through undulating wheat fields with views of the Blue Mountains.  Ride south toward Milton Freewater, Oregon over flatter terrain through wheat fields, vineyards and orchards; often with the wind at your back on the return trip.”

Go Wine Tasting
Probably the most well known activity to do in Walla Walla is go wine tasting. There’s so many places to go that it’s easiest to join one of the dozen different tour companies that offer to take you out for the day. You won’t have to worry about driving, and they’ll take you to some of the top wineries to talk to the owners and taste local wine.

Practice Your Swing
Located in southeastern Washington, the weather is usually dry and warm, making it a great place to play golf year round. Some of the state’s best golf courses are here, making it a truly special experience. There’s courses for beginners as well as the future Tiger Woods.

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Marissa Pedersen

Marissa is a freelance writer, travel blogger, and social media marketing manager from Seattle. She runs the travel blog Postcards to Seattle, which captures all her journeys from around the world. She likes to stay active wherever she goes, from kayaking in Italy to snowboarding in the Alps.

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