Located about 35 minutes East of Seattle, Snoqualmie Falls is a must-see for anyone in the Pacific Northwest. A great part about visiting the falls is the gorgeous drive there and the beauty of the mountains and lush green forests that surround you. Make sure to check the weather ahead of time, we were lucky enough to go on a warm sunny day. There’s a lot of hiking and fun things to do in the area but we wanted a short trip with the kiddos so we pretty much stuck to the falls. We got there around 10:30 on a Sunday and the parking lot was filling quickly. We had to park in the lot across the street but luckily there is a small bridge over the road so you don’t have to worry about dodging cars and it’s pretty entertaining for the kids.
The Salish Lodge is located to the left of the park. I’ve heard it’s a great (but pricey) place to stay. To the right are restrooms and the gift shop with t-shirts, trinkets and coffee. Head up a set of stairs to get to the falls. There are 3 viewing points at the upper falls. It got a little crowded but there were plenty of chances to get good pictures. There is also a trail where you can hike down to the lower falls but the little ones weren’t very cooperative so we didn’t chance it. You are also able to drive to and park at the lower falls but we were told there are about 20 spots and they fill rather quickly.
After gazing at the beauty of the falls, we stopped off at the Snoqualmie Brewery for some pizza and then let the kids loose at the nearby Sandy Cove Park. Located along the river, Sandy Cove is a small, natural spot with an open grassy area, perfect for picnics and letting the kids run around. Apparently there are 35 parks in Snoqualmie so check out The city of Snoqualmie parks site before going, to plan your picnic.