Located only 30 miles from Seattle, the 270-foot Snoqualmie Falls makes a perfect day excursion throughout the year. Once a gathering place for local Native American tribes, the area has become both a tourist attraction and a source of energy for Puget Sound Energy.
In the 1850s, the first white settlers began to visit the falls; some pioneer women tried to get as close as possible to the edge while friends held on to their dresses. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the power houses were built, using the energy of the falls to create electricity.
A viewing platform allows panoramic scenes of the falls themselves. A well-marked nature trail, short but steep, leads down to a power house where a boardwalk allows a closer access to the Snoqualmie River. Visitors can look through the power house windows to see the working turbines.
If the climb up from the river has made you hungry, the Salish Lodge and Spa offers dining (some tables with a view of the falls), as well as lodging and a gift shop.