Snoqualmie Falls. Credit: Fiona Cohen
Weather to see: rain
About 1.5 million people a year visit magnificent Snoqualmie Falls, a landmark in the Cascade foothills. We doubt anyone goes away disappointed; but those who come when the river is running high are in for a special treat. The surge of water changes the character of the falls. Instead of an even white gush, it becomes a gray, ragged, wave-tossed tumult. The water lands with such force that the spray bounces out more than 300 feet. For an onlooker at one of the viewpoints, it’s like being rained on from two directions at once.
Find it: 6501 Railroad Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie. Parking is free, and if the weather is especially bad, you can find a parking space really close.
Pair with: A stop at the Black Dog Cafe for vegan desserts.
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Editor's note: This article was originally published in 2015 and updated for 2021. Out + About editor Nancy Chaney contributed to this report.