Whenever out-of-town guests arrive, we always take them to Snoqualmie, Wash. to view spectacular Snoqualmie Falls, a world renowned waterfall that cascades 268 feet over granite cliffs. Visitors to this small town also enjoy the Historic District, the Northwest Railway Museum, shops and more than 35 restaurants.
The city is approximately 25 miles east of Seattle – only a half-hour drive. Located in the heart of the Mountains to Sound Greenway, outdoor recreation and sight-seeing are abundant. Snoqualmie has more than 30 miles of trails ranging from short, easy hikes to more challenging trails that connect to regional trails such as the Snoqualmie Valley Trail and the Preston-Snoqualmie Trail. Snoqualmie Point Park offering a breathtaking view of the Cascades. Parks, trails, local shops, and restaurants are featured on the Snoqualmie Map & Guide.
The Snoqualmie Casino is the closest casino to Seattle and the East King County. It offers dining, live entertainment, and a conference venue.
In addition, the Salish Lodge & Spa is perched above Snoqualmie Falls and offers luxury accommodations and dining as well as “over the top” views of the falls.
Snoqualmie Railroad Days 2015
This year Snoqualmie Railroad Days runs Friday afternoon, Aug 14 – Sunday afternoon, Aug. 16. For more than 70 years, the annual Snoqualmie Railroad Days festival has been the biggest event of the year. Come out for the home town celebration recognizing Snoqualmie’s history as a railroad and logging town. Enjoy the grand parade, the children’s Field of Fun, live music, trailer car rides, a fun run (10K, 5K and 1K), festival booths and food.
The Santa Cruz and Portland Cement locomotive 2, a 1909-built Porter locomotive, will let you step back in time to the early days of Snoqualmie during this year’s festival .
What is Snoqualmie Railroad Days?
Railroad Days is the annual community festival celebrating our spirit and origins as a railroad and logging town, and the home of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. The event is held in Historic Snoqualmie, in and around the Northwest Railway Museum. Volunteer firemen and their wives organized the first festival in 1938, and the popular event is still going strong. Last year about 10,000 visitors attended the festival.
A unique festival that strives to keep the “Trains, Timber, Tradition” encompassing the history of Snoqualmie alive. The event has included: Entertainment Stages, Vendors, a Grand Parade, Children’s Field of Fun, Timber Sports Demonstrations, Food & Drink venues as well as the Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast that started it all! Artisans display & sell their wares while the Legends Classic Car Club hosts hundreds of classic vehicles among the local services and businesses showcasing what they can do for you. And of course, you can’t have Railroad Days without trains. Host organization, The Northwest Railway Museum, offers railroad tours and Train Excursions, including a Steam Locomotive, that whisk you to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and beyond, for a panoramic view of the valley