Snoqualmie Falls, Seattle

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    Nearby Attractions: Snoqualmie Falls and More

    by glabah Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Snoqualmie Falls is Popular Area Attraction
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    By driving, Snoqualmie Falls is about half an hour east of Seattle if traffic is good. It is an attractive waterfall, but it isn't something you can spend the entire day visiting. There is a trail from the park at the lower end of the falls to the upper part of the falls, but this has been closed for several years due to renovation of the hydroelectric dam powered by the falls. Therefore, if that will be an important part of your visit please check to make sure it is open.

    Due to the distance of the falls from Seattle, I have put most of the information about the falls into a separate set of tips in the Snoqualmie Falls section of this web site. See my Snoqualmie Falls tip at
    http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1f416b/
    but I will cover the basics in this web site.

    The basics: parking is located across the street from the falls, with a foot bridge across the highway so you don't have to worry too much about traffic. There is a covered observation deck. There are always a lot of people here, but especially crowded in the summer months.

    You can get here by bus from downtown Seattle as well, though the trip takes about an hour and a half if done this way - depending on the time of day. There are express buses that serve the commuter market but those are designed for travel in the opposite direction. The bus stops are located right at the falls as well, and the foot bridge allows one to get from and to the westbound bus stop without trying to fight traffic.

    So, what else can you do while you visit, since you spent all that time coming here?

    The falls also happens to be the location of a popular spa and lodge, should you wish to spend the night or day here.

    The nearby community of Snoqualmie features a tourist railroad called the Snoqualmie Valley Railraod and museum and there is also a nearby rail to trail conversion that extends from Snoqualmie all the way up into the Cascades and eastern Washington. In this area it is called the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

    This is also the area known to be the primary filming location of the television series Twin Peaks and so you will find a welcome sign to "Twin Peaks Country" near Snoqualmie and a few guides to the known attractions in the area.

    The towns have attractive downtown areas, but unfortunately in recent years they have also developed a surrounding ugly suburban nature where dozens of cookie-cutter buildings and concrete windowless commercial structures line typical suburban crowded roads. There is still a lot to like about these several small towns (Snoqualmie and Snoqualmie Falls) and they still are fairly unique places. However, it will not take long for them to be overrun by such developments and for the nature of the area to be very different in the near future.

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    Visit the Snoqualmie Falls

    by joiwatani Written Sep 19, 2011

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    It's about 30 minutes drive from downtown Seattle, so it's not that bad. Really...This waterfall is beautiful. There's free parking there. You might as well pack your lunch and head to the waterfalls. You will pass by beautiful emerald trees- that's how gorgeous Washington State is!

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    SNOQUALMIE FALLS

    by zuriga Written Jan 29, 2007

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    It's not a long drive to reach Snoqualmie Falls - north of Redmond and Bellevue. The views of the falls are terrific (think Twin Peaks) and there's a very nice lodge right there where one can have a delicious meal or a stay overnight.

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    Snoqualmie Falls

    by barney1974 Written Mar 10, 2006

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    Snoqualmie Falls is defininetly a must see in seattle. It is located east of town in a small litle town that is rapidly growing up. Their are plenty of newer, more expensive homes that are being built in the area. The Falls can be seen from an upper viewing area or via a short hike downhill that provide a better view. There is also a restaurant there that provides good views.

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    Snoqualmie Falls

    by Erin74 Updated Jun 28, 2004

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    Snoqualmie Falls outside Seattle

    Snoqualmie Falls is a 270 foot waterfall located in the mountains east of Seattle. This is one of my favorite sights in the Seattle area, and it's really worth taking a car out to the Falls and experiencing the countryside nearby.

    The waterfall is large and breathtaking. There is an observation deck located right next to the parking lot, or you can walk down the trail that takes you all the way to the base of the falls. There, you can stand on the rocks and feel the water spraying from the waterfall. This is a very scenic point-- don't forget your camera!

    You may recognize Snoqualmie Falls and the Salish Lodge (located directly above the waterfall) from the opening credits of the "Twin Peaks" television series. Take a moment to look around the lodge as well. There is a lovely gift store. Upstairs, you can dine or just have a drink at the elegant restaurant.

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