Walla Walla Travel Guide

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Walla Walla Things to Do

  • FORT WALLA WALLA MUSEUM

    Just west of the Veterans Administration Medical Complex is the Fort Walla Walla Museum. The museum is devoted not only to the history of the fort but of the surrounding region. Several open-air exhibits further your understanding of Wall Walla. Below the museum on the south side is the old Fort Walla Walla Cemetery. On the west side of the...

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  • FORT WALLA WALLA

    This is the fourth fort to go by this name. The first fort was a fur-trading post opened by the North West Company at the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers. Established in 1818, the post ran until it was abandoned and burnt down during the 1855 Yakima War. A steamboat landing settlement sprang up a few years later, but the remains...

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  • PALOUSE FALLS

    About an hour to the north of Walla Walla is one of the most magnificent waterfalls of the Northwest. Palouse Falls – 198 feet high – has recently been designated as the official waterfall of Washington State – take that Snoqualmie! The drive north through the towns of Waitsburg and Dayton in the Touchet Valley and Starbuck in the Tucannon is to...

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  • WHITMAN MISSION: THE GRAVES

    Tomahos, a Cayuse chief, led a group of warriors into the mission on 29 November 1847 killing the Whitmans and twelve others – mostly children. They burnt most of the mission buildings and took another 50 people captive – mostly women and children. These captives were ransomed a month later by Peter Skene Ogden of Hudson’s Bay Company. As a result...

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  • WHITMAN MISSION: THE MONUMENT

    Atop a small knoll overlooking the mission site and the Walla Walla Valley is a large monument that was erected on the 50th anniversary of the Whitman’s death – 1897. The increase in white emigration through the Native American lands had a big effect upon the relationships between the Cayuse and the mission. The Cayuse saw their way of life...

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  • WHITMAN MISSION: OREGON TRAIL

    Word reached the American Board of Foreign Missions in 1842 of Indian indifference to the religious message and with a general lack of funds coming in; the decision was made to close the Whitman and Spaulding missions. Whitman – along with Asa Lovejoy – journeyed back to the East through in midwinter leaving the mission 3 October 1842 and arriving...

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  • WHITMAN MISSION: HOUSE SITE

    Slowly after 1836, the mission enlarged. A large home was erected to not only house the Whitmans, but to serve as a way station for other missionaries who came out to begin their missions. There was a blacksmith shop, a gristmill, as well as a sawmill. The old millpond has been restored – look closely for sunning turtles. Another home also served...

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  • WHITMAN MISSION NATIONAL MONUMENT

    Marcus Whitman was involved in early attempts by Protestant churches in the eastern U.S. to bring their version of Christian culture to the Native Americans of the Oregon Country. Following an exploratory journey to the west in 1835 sent out by the American Board of Foreign Missions – made up of several different Protestant denominations, Whitman...

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  • WINERIES

    Walla Walla has gone through several changes since the town’s inception in 1858. A military town and a supply center for miners reaching out into the mountains of central Idaho – the town was considered as a potential capital for Washington at one point. Whitman College and, later, the Washington State Penitentiary gave some economic stability to...

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Walla Walla Restaurants

  • Local wines and delicious food

    Luscious by Nature is a casual eatery near downtown featuring fresh ingredients and creative dishes. I had a caprese salad and a glass of a local reisling that was perfect for lunch.People are so friendly in Walla Walla. I guess we look like outsiders, not sure what it is, maybe it's my husband's mohawk or the leg irons, but while we were eating,...

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  • Don't even think about it

    Be prepared to wait and have bad service while in line to order; be prepared to drink bad coffee while you wait and wait and wait for service after you order; be prepared to not be offered refills, water or anything else while you wait; be prepared for the most singlarly bad and unappealing breakfast you've ever had.Looks charming, but it isn't....

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  • Good place for dinner

    At first, I didn't want to eat at the Whitehouse-Crawford because it sounded so stuffy. We decided to go there anyway after someone recommended it. We were surprised by the contemporary decor and how good the food was. It has no connection at all to that old house on the hill in Washington, D.C. Whitehouse-Crawford was the name of a now-defunct...

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  • Cinnimon Roll and Coffee

    Matthew Zack the pastry chef and owner of this wonderful shop is amazing! The pastries, french maccaroons and the goodies are out of this world! The cakes and confections will satisfy the fussiest dessert lovers and a wonderful wine selection for evening dessert and wine can't be beat! Weekend Cinnimon Rolls - they don't always have them, but when...

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  • Skip this place!

    We started eating here 4 years ago while in Walla Walla on our weekend wine tasting visits. The place is decorated in casual bistro style, but the food and wine price not - more like fine dining. Too bad the atmosphere isn't so fine. Upon entry, there is no reception area. So if you have to wait for your table, you'll most likely find out what's...

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  • Pork out on just OK food

    Creekside Cafe in Walla Walla was busy all night long but it is overrated. The food was just ok, not great. Everything was on the heavy side and I really don't like feeling bloated on just ok food. Unfortunately, neither of us ordered anything that we can call a "favorite" or could recommend.The desserts were equally heavy. The dessert menu looked...

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Walla Walla Transportation

  • Racing Limos of Tri Cities

    We just recently used a Limousine service call "Racing Limos of Tri Cities' they were fantastic, the car looks like a NASCAR and is very luxurious on the inside. The driver was great and was able to get us around with no troubles. This is the only way to ride to the wineries around Walla Walla.

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  • By Covered Wagon

    If I were writing this tip 160 years ago, I would be telling you this is how you get to Walla Walla. Follow the Oregon Trail in your covered wagon and mules until you reach Walla Walla after a few months of travel.The Oregon Trail crosses through the Whitman Mission National Historic Site. In the year 1847, 5,000 settlers traveled on this road. The...

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  • Flying time

    Walla Walla is a four hour drive from Seattle or Portland and a three hour drive from Spokane. Walla Walla has its own regional airport, but it only accommodates commercial flights to and from Seattle. You CAN fly in from elsewhere by making connections, but your travel time will be substantially shortened if you fly into the Pasco aiirport (PSC),...

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Walla Walla Shopping

  • Gotta shop

    There are a ton of great shops in Walla Walla and a wonderful market - kitchen shops, coffee shops, clothing, art and I hear very soon a Harley Store. I do have to put in a plug for my mom's store - La Colombina. It is very small and intimate and she carries great footwear - Dansko, Naot, Keen and clothing that real women can wear - you don't need...

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  • Shopping wars

    Walla Walla is a case study for a typical US town with a tussle between downtown shopping and outlying shopping malls. From Walla Walla's hey day at the turn of the century to mid 1900's, downtown Walla Walla was the place to shop if you lived in the area. In the 1970's, it started on a downward slide, and became sorely neglected. To make matters...

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Walla Walla Local Customs

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    Out in this seemingly outpost of Walla Walla is great deal of culture, largely due to its centerpiece, Whitman College.

    Whitman College is a highly touted small liberal arts college located in the middle of Walla Walla. It is very hard to get into. It was established in 1882 and named after Marcus Whitman, the missionary/settler who lived among the natives in the 1830's and 1840's. Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa were killed in 1847 by natives blaming him for a measles outbreak which resulted in deaths of a large part of the native population. The Whitman name now appears all over Walla Walla in his and his wife's honor.

    The campus is beautiful and well-tended, very tranquil, with many old brick buildings and large grass lawns. It reminded me a lot of the small liberal arts colleges one would find on the east coast. Total enrollment is 1,454 students from 44 US states and 30 countries. It's got a tuition to match those exclusive east coast schools to boot, too.

    Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
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Walla Walla Warnings and Dangers

  • Bad or missing information on hiking...

    We sure were challenged in finding information about Walla Walla, SE Washington and NE Oregon hiking trails. There is some information on the Umatilla National Forest website, but we later found out it was wrong in parts. We looked for an outdoors store in Walla Walla so we could buy a topographical map or a book on trails, and surprisingly, there...

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  • Smoke Gets in My Eyes

    Walla Walla gets hot and dry in the summer and all the wild grasses turn yellow or brown. Two days before we arrived, Walla Walla was hit with a thunderstorm and the lightning ignited four wildfires in the area. One was still raging when we arrived, so unfortunately, the air was a bit smoky. Be careful with all those inflammables!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Walla Walla Off The Beaten Path

  • FRENCHTOWN

    The North West Company established a fur trading post at the confluence of the Walla Walla and Columbia Rivers in 1818. In subsequent years, the North West and Hudson’s Bay Companies merged together and the post was active until 1855. People began settling along the Walla Walla River upstream from the post and a long straggling “village” formed...

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  • FORT WALLA WALLA CEMETERY: BATTLE OF...

    In front of the monuments to the Battles of White Bird Canyon and Cottonwood are three grave markers standing together. After the Nez Perce had brushed past the small army contingent at Cottonwood 3-8 July 1877, they moved further to the east about 25 miles. Making camp along the South Fork of the Clearwater River with a total number of around 800...

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  • FORT WALLA WALLA CEMETERY: LT JAMES...

    In the late 1890’s and the early 1900’s, a number of graves were transferred here from other small posts in the Northwest as those posts were closed. One of the largest influxes was when Fort Lapwai was shuttered. Some 80 graves were moved here becoming a big chunk of the known 141 known burials here.One of those moved here was 1st Lieutenant James...

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Walla Walla Sports & Outdoors

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Sep 10, 2007

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    Walla Walla is a great place for bicycling, both around town and around the countryside. The streets are wide with good shoulders, many bike lanes are marked, and the auto traffic isn't too bad. In town, you can bicycle around the old turn of the century neighborhoods, Whitman College and downtown. Outside town, you can bicycle for miles in all four directions through wheat and onion fields, vineyards and rolling hills.

    Equipment: For a place that is so great for bicycling, Walla Walla has a shortage of bike rental places. Bicycle Barn is the only place I found that rents a few bikes, but they said they wouldn't let us take them overnight. Fortunately, our B&B had 4 touring bikes. We hopped on two of those and rode all over town, and then out in the countryside.

    Touring on Russell Creek Road near Walla Walla, WA
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Walla Walla Favorites

  • Sharpstein School

    Walla Walla hit its apex around the turn of the century (20th) and still has many beautiful buildings from that era. The oldest still standing school in Walla Walla is Sharpstein School, near Pioneer Park, built in 1898. It is in amazingly good condition. I now live in a state where public schools are by and large neglected due to lack of adequate...

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  • No California Wines

    We didn't see a single California wine on any wine list anywhere in Walla Walla. They were mostly from Walla Walla or other places in Washington, and Oregon. Some wine lists added some variety with token French, Italian, Argentinian or Spanish wines. But no California wines. I was impressed by how the local businesses were so supportive of the...

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  • Red Red Wine

    The red wine production of the Walla Walla area has grown by leaps and bounds in the last decade. The number keeps changing, but there are now about 80 local wineries. They are all small boutique wineries by California standards. This is a case where bigger does not mean better. Almost every Walla Walla wine we tried was excellent and would stand...

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