Walla Walla is the largest city in Walla Walla County, Washington and is renowned for its award-winning wines. Boasting year-round sunshine and spectacular natural beauty, the town offers a wide range of outdoor activities and recreation from hiking and mountain biking to camping, canoeing, and horseback riding. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors, visitors to Walla Walla can stroll around the town and explore the many museums, galleries, theaters, and boutiques, or head to one of the numerous wineries in the surrounding area and taste some of the region’s best wines.
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Pioneer Park is Walla Walla’s oldest park and features an aviary, ball fields, a duck pond and a network of picturesque walking paths and shady picnic spots. Established in 1902, the long-standing park is perfect for a peaceful stroll or a day out with the family with plenty of recreational equipment, soccer fields, softball fields, and pickleball courts. The park also features a historical Band Stand and wedding fountain for special celebrations, and plenty of walking paths that wind through grassy lawns and flower gardens shaded by large trees, an outdoor aviary filled with a variety of birds, and a historic cannon. The park is wheelchair-friendly and had restrooms and ample parking.
940 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-527-4527
2.Fort Walla Walla Museum
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Fort Walla Walla is a historic United States Army fort, and museum spread over 15 acres in the Fort Walla Walla Park that houses a variety of items from when the fort was in use. Established July 1856, the fort was one of two that were constructed on the site by Lieutenant Colonel Edward Steptoe from the 9th Infantry Regiment and tells the story of the history of the fort through four impressive exhibit halls of military weapons and artefacts, antique vehicles and firefighting vehicles, agricultural equipment and tools, and clothing and textiles. The fort also features a 17-building pioneer village and presents living history performances each season on weekends and an array of children's programs.
755 NE Myra Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-7703
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Whitman Mission National Historic Site is a National Historic site located at the site of the former Whitman Mission at Waiilatpu that commemorates Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa Whitman who founded the Oregon Trail and were later slain by Native Americans of the Cayuse in 1847. The site honors the challenges the couple went through in discovering and establishing the trail and the difficulties they experienced with the local Native Americans of the Cayuse. The Cayuse people blamed several deaths from a measles outbreak in 1847 on Dr. Whitman. Dr. and Mrs. Whitman, who were taken hostage and killed, sending a shock wave across the country and prompting Congress to make Oregon a U.S. territory.
328 Whitman Mission Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-522-6360
4.Walla Walla Vintners
Walla Walla Vintners is located at the base of the picturesque Blue Mountains in the Mill Creek Valley and rests at an elevation of 1,467 feet, using the cooler climes and abundant sunshine to produce some of the region’s best wines. Founded by pioneering winemakers, Gordy Venneri, and Myles Anderson in 1995, Walla Walla Vintners is the appellation’s eighth winery and has a reputation for elegant, age-worthy wines crafted in a labor-intensive traditional style. The award-winning winery was named the “Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” and welcomes visitors to come and taste some of their excellent wines in a beautiful setting.
225 Vineyard Ln, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-4724
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Whitman College is a private liberal arts college that offers 48 majors and 33 minors in the liberal arts and sciences, Founded in 1859 and established as a four-year-degree-granting institution in 1882; the college is famous for being the first college in the Pacific Northwest to install a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. It was also the first in the country to require students to pass a selection of comprehensive exams to graduate. Whitman College has a bucolic 117-acre campus centered around a quad with grassy lawns, ancient trees, the famous Lakum Duckum, which is home to many of Whitman's beloved ducks, and beautiful old buildings. Historical landmark buildings include the Whitman Memorial Building, the Lyman House and Prentiss Hall residences, and the North Hall, which was once the Walla Walla Valley General Hospital.
45 Boyer Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-527-5111
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Durham Cellars is a family-owned and operated wine estate and one of Walla Walla's most renowned wineries. Based in a rustic, remodeled World War II-era airplane hangar, the family-owned winery produces award-winning wines from prime fruit sourced from several famous estate vineyards in the area, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, a red table wine called Three Legged Red, a Bordeaux-style blend called Trutina, Riesling and Chardonnay. The winery has a tasting room where visitors can sample some of the estate’s top wines, as well as a wine club where wine aficionados can enjoy excellent wines on a long-term basis. Durham Cellars also hosts several events throughout the year, ranging from rare vintage tastings to harvest days.
150 E Boeing Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-529-4685
7.Kirkman House Museum
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The Kirkman House Museum is a beautifully preserved example of a Victorian building and one of Walla Walla’s oldest mansions. Built between 1879-1880 and constructed with brick made from the Weston, Oregon Foundry, the villa is an authentic example of an elegant home from the luxurious 1880s, which was a period of extensive growth for Walla Walla. The house museum tells the story of the development of early Walla Walla and how owners William and Isabelle Kirkman became pillars of the community. The grand Italianate style home is filled with family heirlooms and period pieces that illustrate daily Victorian life, giving visitors an idea of what life was like during that time. The Kirkman House Museum is listed on the National Historic Register.
214 N Colville St, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-529-4373
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Amavi Cellars produces 100% estate, 100% certified sustainable, and 100% Walla Walla Valley wines in a spectacular setting. Owned and operated by three families who are dedicated to building their dynamic brand, Amavi Cellars is famous for producing handcrafted, terroir-driven wines. Winemaker Jean-François Pellet uses the estate’s younger vines and neutral oak to create ready-to-drink-upon-release wines that will also gracefully in serious collectors’ cellars. Amavi Cellars tasting room is an architectural gem of wood, steel, and glass perched on a knoll with sweeping views of the Blue Mountains. Creating a stark contrast with the surrounding landscapes of rolling hills and patchwork vineyards, the stunning building is a stylish environment for sampling the estate’s award-winning wines.
3796 Peppers Bridge Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-3541
9.Basel Cellars Estate Winery
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Basel Cellars Estate Winery specializes in producing wines with the distinct characteristics of Columbia Valley and Walla Walla fruits and fertile soil. Boasting a beautiful setting in the heart of the Walla Walla Wine Valley, Basel Cellars creates full-bodied red wines in a Bordeaux style blend and presents both novice and experienced wine enthusiasts with the opportunity to sample and enjoy them at the winery’s modern tasting room. The winery’s Estate House is designed to reflect the casual grandeur of an American Lodge with over 13,800 square feet of space and spectacular views. The surrounding 85-acre Double River Ranch can be rented for special occasions such as weddings.
2901 Old Milton Hwy, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-522-0200
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Established in 2000, Saviah Cellars produces rich, artfully balanced wines that reflect the varietal characteristics of the Walla Walla Valley. Committed to crafting extraordinary wines that combine viticultural excellence with traditional winemaking techniques, Saviah Cellars was named one of the Top 100 Wineries by Wine & Spirits Magazine and produces up to 25,000 cases annually. Named for the family’s great-grandmother, who settled in western Montana in the early 1900s, Saviah Cellars’ wine labels reflect the family’s heritage such as the Star Meadows White Wine, which is named after the location of the original family homestead; and the Big Sky Cuvée, which reflects their Montana roots.
1979 JB George Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-522-2181
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Waterbrook Winery is a state-of-the-art winery with a 187-acre estate vineyard and modern tasting room that produces world-class wines in a spectacular setting. Established in 1984, Waterbrook Winery is helmed by winemaker John Freeman who expertly crafts award-winning wines by hand that reflect the very best of the Columbia Valley. The winery has a chic, contemporary tasting room with a large terrace overlooking tranquil ponds and the picturesque Blue Mountains where visitors can sample some of the estate’s highly acclaimed wines from the full retail tasting bar. A bistro serves incredible farm-to-table fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients from surrounding farms and the winery’s garden.
10518 US-12, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-522-1262
12.Pepper Bridge Winery
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The Pepper Bridge Winery is a certifiably sustainable and vegan winery with a state-of-the-art, gravity-flow facility that produces premium wines. Set against a spectacular backdrop of beautiful landscapes, the winery uses innovative design and new-age techniques such as gravity flow rather than by pumps to produce high-quality wines and features subterranean caves in which the wine is matured. Pepper Bridge Winery has a casual tasting room located on the south side of Walla Walla with stunning views of the estate vineyards where visitors can sample some of the winery’s top wines.
1704 J B George Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-6502
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Located in Southern California’s Temecula Valley, Longshadow Winery is a working ranch and winery that produces a range of easy-drinking, full-bodied red wines. Inspired by six generations of winemakers, Longshadow Ranch Winery produces wines that reflect the ranch’s long-standing heritage, including Estate Cinsault, Estate Syrah, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and
Petite Verdot. Longshadow Winery also rescues, fosters, and rehabilitates Clydesdale horses, before sending them onto a ranch/camp in San Diego for children with autism.
1604 Frenchtown Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-526-0905
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Reininger Winery is a family-owned and operated winery that uses fruit exclusively from Walla Walla to produce award-winning wines. Inspired by the adventurous spirit of Chuck Reininger, Walla Walla’s 10th bonded winery was the first estate to use fruit solely from the Walla Walla Appellation. Novice and wine oenophiles alike can sample some of the estate’s award-winning wines at the tasting room in Walla Walla, including favorites like the Reininger Carmenère and Syrah, and other varietals like Helix and CPR. This winery offers a rotating art exhibit of works by local artists.
5858 Old Hwy 12, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-522-1994
15.Seven Hills Winery
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Established in 1904, Seven Hills Winery is a woodworking mill and winery in the heart of Walla Walla and one of the region’s oldest and most respected wineries. Founder and winemaker Casey McClellan is a fourth-generation farmer that creates an array of stellar wines that reflect the rich heritage of the Northwest. Seven Hills Winery produces Bordeaux-varietal reds, vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignons, and Merlots from premium fruits sourced from the same coveted old-vine blocks of Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun with a unique balance, style, and structure. Visitors can taste these terroir-inspired wines and light farm-to-table fare at the modern tasting room, which is based in the historic Whitehouse-Crawford building in the heart of Walla Walla, along with guided tours of the 1904 woodworking mill.
212 N 3rd Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-529-7198
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Foundry Vineyards blends art and wine in a contemporary art gallery setting. Located in the heart of Walla Walla Valley, Foundry Vineyards was established by Mark and Patty Anderson who came up with the unique experience of combining art and wine in a casual, contemporary setting. The winery produces wines with art-driven Artisan Blend labels and features a gallery-style tasting room with an adjacent contemporary sculpture garden. Foundry Vineyards also offers Yoga in the Gallery, where visitors can enjoy yoga classes surrounded by rotating exhibits of local artworks.
1111 Abadie St, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-529-0736
17.Three Rivers Winery
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Located 15 minutes west of Walla Walla, Three Rivers Winery is one of Eastern Washington’s elite wine producers. Established in 1999, the wine estate rests on top of a small knoll overlooking Mill Creek, the surrounding vineyards, and the picturesque Blue Mountains. The winery produces red Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot, along with limited amounts of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Riesling. Three Rivers Winery features a tasting room with soaring vaulted ceilings with exposed timber trusses, a huge stone hearth fireplace, and a 2,500 square foot deck with gorgeous views. The winery also features a private event room, and lawn games like Giant Jenga® and cornhole for winery guests.
5641 US-12, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-526-9463
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Gramercy Cellars is an award-winning winery in Washington State’s beloved Walla Walla helmed by Master Sommelier Greg Harrington whose love of wine inspired his creation of prestigious wines. Established in 2005, the 8,000-case winery produces wines that reflect the distinct character of the Walla Walla Valley. Sourcing the best fruit from regional farms in the Walla Walla Valley, Harrington produces wines that display balance, elegance, intense fruit notes, and robust earthiness, such as the floral Columbia Valley Syrah, the smoky Deuce Syrah, and the full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve. Visitors can taste the wines at the estate’s tasting room on Saturdays or by appointment.
635 N 13th Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-876-2427
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Established in 2000, Rulo Winery is a boutique winery that produces over 2,500 cases of different varietals, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Rosé, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Founded by Dr. Kurt and Vicki Schlicker, the winery creates highly acclaimed wines that boast subtle fruit aromas that reflect the distinct character of the surrounding region. Signature wines include the Silo River Rock Vineyard Syrah, a 2014 Unoaked Chardonnay, a 2016 Rulo Viognier, and a 2014 Rulo Grenache Blanc. Visitors can sample the wines produced by the estate by appointment only.
3525 Pranger Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-7856
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Born from the heart of the Walla Walla Valley, Kontos Cellars is a 1,000-case winery that produces high-quality Bordeaux varieties and distinctive flagship blends. Dating back to 1858, the estate developed from six generations of family history in the Valley and is inspired by the wheat fields of Eastern Washington which are home to the dragonfly used on the winery’s labels. Kontos Cellars sources fruit from local farms such as Les Collines, Pepper Bridge, Seven Hills, and Summit View, and uses an extensive French / American oak program to mature their wines.
10 N 2nd Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-204-2141
21.Maple Counter Cafe
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The Maple Counter Cafe is a cozy family-run spot that serves gourmet breakfasts, light lunches, and a range of craft beers and local wines. Boasting three generations of restaurant expertise from the Nagier family, the cafe’s culinary team prepares dishes with locally sourced ingredients, such as fresh organic eggs, real cream, unbleached hard wheat flour from scratch-recipes. Freshly lemonade, orange, and grapefruit juices are squeezed every day, and locally baked bread are used for gourmet sandwiches. The Maple Counter Cafe has a waffle truck that serves mouthwatering waffles on the weekends, and is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
209 E Alder St, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-876-2527
22.Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant
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The Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant is an airy, spacious restaurant based in a beautifully restored 1904 sawmill with exposed brick and beams that serves inventive American cuisine and local wines. The restaurant serves a menu of sophisticated fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients with signature dishes like Idaho Sturgeon with preserved lemon-pistachio salsa, Japanese Style Fried Chicken with napa cabbage slaw, and Rava Dosa with spiced winter vegetables. The bar menu features light bites like Hayshaker Farm Fresh Popcorn, Barbacoa Tacos, and Spring Pizza and the bar serves a range of local wines from regional producers, craft beers, and handcrafted cocktails. The Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant caters for private functions in an elegant Private Dining Room for up to 40 people.
55 W Cherry St, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-525-2222
23.Wingman Birdz and Brew
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Wingman Birdz + Brewz is a family-run, child-friendly restaurant that specializes in designer chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, and other all-American fare in a modern-industrial setting. Located on the corner of East Main and Palouse, the bright and friendly restaurant serves a creative menu of classic dishes such as traditional wings, boneless tenders with a variety of rubs and sauces, and shareable plates like hummus and pita and sweet potato waffle fries. Wingman Birdz+Brewz offers over 20 craft beers on tap and by the bottle, several of which are rotated on the happy hour menu. Wingman Birdz + Brewz is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
230 E Main St, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-529-2199
24.Best Pizza Ever
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Best Pizza Ever is a family-owned and operated restaurant that specializes in hand-tossed, wood-fired pizza with a variety of toppings, along with fresh salads and a range of drinks. The family-friendly restaurant offers standard, gourmet and build-your-own pizzas for lunch and dinner, prepared with locally sourced and imported ingredients, along with a range of salads, fresh crusty bread and a selection of appetizers. The cuisine is accompanied by a variety of casual wines from Italy and around the world, craft beers by the bottle and on tap, and cocktails made with imported spirits.
1619 E Isaacs Ave, Walla Walla, WA 99362, Phone: 509-730-1800
24 Best Things to Do in Walla Walla, WA
- Pioneer Park, Photo: City of Walla Walla Parks and Recreation
- Fort Walla Walla Museum, Photo: Fort Walla Walla Museum
- Whitman Mission, Photo: NPS Photo
- Walla Walla Vintners, Photo: BillionPhotos.com/stock.adobe.com
- Whitman College, Photo: Whitman College
- Dunham Cellars, Photo: Dunham Cellars
- Kirkman House Museum, Photo: Kirkman House Museum
- Amavi Cellars, Photo: Amavi Cellars
- Basel Cellars Estate Winery, Photo: Basel Cellars Estate Winery
- Saviah Cellars, Photo: Saviah Cellars
- Waterbrook Winery, Photo: Waterbrook Winery
- Pepper Bridge Winery, Photo: Pepper Bridge Winery
- Longshadow Cellars, Photo: Longshadow Cellars
- Reininger Winery, Photo: Reininger Winery
- Seven Hills Winery, Photo: Seven Hills Winery
- Foundry Vineyards, Photo: Foundry Vineyards
- Three Rivers Winery, Photo: Three Rivers Winery
- Gramercy Cellars, Photo: Gramercy Cellars
- Rulo Winery, Photo: Rulo Winery
- Kontos Cellars, Photo: Kontos Cellars
- Maple Counter Cafe, Photo: Maple Counter Cafe
- Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant, Photo: Whitehouse Crawford Restaurant
- Wingman Birdz and Brew, Photo: Wingman Birdz + Brew
- Best Pizza Ever, Photo: Best Pizza Ever
- Cover Photo: Rex Wholster/stock.adobe.com