A relatively small town located in the state of Washington, not far from Oregon and around 4 hours from Seattle, Walla Walla is called one of the friendliest cities in America. Historically rich, Walla Walla has also begun emerging as one of the finest wine regions in the country as of late. In fact, the wines of Walla Walla have been named in recent years as some of the finest. Home to over 100 wineries, it doesn’t take long to see why wine connoisseurs from around the country make Walla Walla their destination for travel year after year.
Dating back to 1836 when Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa arrived, Walla Walla was established when these two missionaries built their mansion and attempted to convert the local native tribe to Christianity. Unfortunately, they failed and after an outbreak of disease, were both killed by the Cayuse who believed that they were at fault for the breakout.
Later, a fur trading outpost was established here, much of the original buildings still stand today and in 1862, the city of Walla Walla was officially incorporated. It saw some booms along the way thanks to the gold rush of Idaho, but overall, has remained a quaint small town throughout the years.
From biking to wine tasting, there is much for the visitor to see and do in the quaint town of Walla Walla. Quite sunny and surrounded by the great outdoors, there is always a place to take a walk, take a ride, or just enjoy the history and culture of the region as well.
As its most famous feature, the wine of the area represents some of the most popular ways to relax in the region. Popular wine events, tastings and tours can be found throughout the region and offer a variety of experiences, while many choose to just rent a car and take a trip on their own as well. Over 100 wineries throughout the region have led Walla Walla to gain the nick name of the “next Napa Valley”. Whether you enjoy red or white, dry or semi sweet, take a stroll through the region yourself and find the ideal vintage for your palette.
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