Snoqualmie is a short trip out of Seattle, only 40 min (or 5 min from my house) and can easily fill up a day. The falls are spectacular, the downtown area has some cute shops, restaurants, and if you plan it right, could even take a short train ride.
Quick Hike to Bottom of the Falls
The trail from the top of Snoqualmie Falls to the lower viewing area is a gravel trail, about 1.3 miles round trip. It is a little steep, but is a short hike. If you have small children, I would recommend heavier duty strollers for this walk. There is a nice sitting area at the bottom, great for a snack/picnic lunch. You will need the energy for the hike back up! The BEST time to do this hike is first thing in the morning or on a drizzly day as it can be very crowded.
Hungry After the Hike?
There are many options for food, one of my favorite is brunch at Salish lodge. If you are lucky, you might even have a window seat looking at the falls. Reservations are Recommended for sure. If dinner, lunch or wanting something different, downtown Snoqualmie is a great place to look.
Buckshot Honey is a BBQ joint. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but on the list, looks amazing. Snoqualmie Falls Brewery is also a great place to grab some food and a beer with friends and family.
Coffee, Candy & Macaroons by the River
There are some old trains alongside 202 with a paved walking path that provides some railroad history and is a nice stroll. The Northwest Railway Museum is right downtown and has working trains that provide a scenic trip to North Bend and back.
I may be partial to Snoqualmie because it is so close to where I live, but it is a cute little town that has a lot to offer. You can even make it a weekend and book a night at Salish Lodge (which I have done and have to say it was a great little getaway!)
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