Seattle Day Trip Guide: Snoqualmie, Washington
Just try to not be delighted by charming Snoqualmie, Washington, a little oasis (population: 14,000) nestled in the Cascade Mountains about 30 miles due east of downtown Seattle: You’ll come for the gorgeous waterfall, stay for the train museum and Native American heritage, and be delighted by all the filming locations for the iconic TV sires Twin Peaks.
Here’s a taste of what Snoqualmie has to offer.
Your feed could use a waterfall
Park (free!) and hike around this majestic, 270-foot waterfall.
Historic Downtown Snoqualmie
Did we mention there’s a train museum?
Explore shops, galleries, and the historic Snoqualmie train depot (we see you, fellow transit nerds).
AKA the Double R Diner
Eat your heart out, David Lynch fans—this diner was also in Twin Peaks. As Coop says, they do a damn good cup of coffee.
Northwest Railway Museum
A showcase of the region’s railway history
The museum's collection includes historic locomotives, passenger cars, and other artifacts that highlight the importance of rail transportation in the region’s development. Also on offer: scenic train rides on vintage railway cars.
Snoqualmie Ice Cream
Who wants artisanal ice cream?
We’d suggest trying the lavender ice cream or another seasonal specialty, but you can’t go wrong with classics like vanilla, chocolate, or salted caramel, either.
Buckshot Honey BBQ
Cascadian BBQ in an “Old West” bank
Everything is delicious here, but might we suggest the chopped brisket on Texas toast? Smoked cabbage as a side dish, too.
The hikes are challenging—but rewarding. The main trail, aptly named the Mount Si Trail, is approximately 8 miles round trip and offers views of the Cascade Mountains, Snoqualmie Valley and—on clear days—downtown Seattle.
Down to Earth Flowers & Gifts
Don’t miss this cute shop
Flowers, gifts, and tote bags, alongside collaborations with local artisans and makers.