Native American history in Yakima, Washington.
Yakima River Valley History
Credit: Cephas Picture Library / Alamy

Better known as the gateway to Washington’s wine country (where excellent chardonnays and Rieslings are borne), Yakima also has an excellent pioneer-history museums. Check out its old-timey log cabins, Native American meeting houses, and more, in a town that gets 300 days of sunshine each year.

Yakima Valley Museum

Piece through the region’s history, from petrified wood to log-cabin artifacts.

Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Heritage Center

Kids will love the authentic Native American costumes and the towering Winter Lodge (a replica of a traditional meeting house).

Heritage Inn Restaurant

Try a buffalo burger on traditional Native American fry bread.

Piety Flats Winery

Grab a picnic table: kids can sip old-fashioned root beer floats while parents enjoy Syrah.

Oxford Inn

This comfortable and modern motel with a small swimming pool fronts a pleasant riverside walking and biking path.