Trip Itineraries

Time Travel

The Snoqualmie Valley is steeped in rich heritage that goes back thousands of years and is still evident today. This itinerary will take you on a journey through time from the meadows used by the native Snoqualmie People, to the historic train, through the story of hydroelectric project at Snoqualmie Falls and much more. If you enjoy history and the stories that have shaped the Valley, this is the day for you!
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  1. Start your day with a walk at Meadowbrook Farm, site of the traditional Story of the Moon. Drive north of the interpretive center to the gravel pull off and park. Cross the street and follow the trail through the woods to a hidden meadow with views of Mount Si, and the beautiful art installation commemorating early Snoqualmie medicine woman Marie Louie. Sit at the watching place and contemplate the mountain, the seasons, and the long history of people and this land. The walk is a quarter mile round trip.

  2. Next, drive five minutes north to historic North Bend. Enjoy brunch at the North Bend Bar & Grill. Parts of the building date from 1924 when the North Bend Timber Co office was based in a log cabin on the site, notice some of the remaining logs still in the walls and stone fireplace that were part of the original building. This has been a favorite stop for travelers and locals going over the mountains since WWII.

  3. Be ready to catch the Northwest Railway Museum’s train at 11:30 to head to Snoqualmie. On your trip, you will have a chance to stop at the Railway History Center to discover How the Railroad Changed Everything. Ride to the top of the Snoqualmie Falls to see the crest of the waterfall and exhilarating view of the Valley below. Enjoy exploring the unique shops in the historic downtown district.

  4. Catch the 1:00 train back to North Bend and head to the Snoqualmie Valley Museum. The Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum has a rich collection of pioneer artifacts. Furnishings of a typical turn of the century family home allow you to imagine life in an earlier time. The Snoqualmie Tribe exhibit tells the story of the Valley’s First Peoples and their continuing role in the community. History of farming, from First Peoples slash and burn agriculture to current organic farming, is revealed in the Farm Shed Exhibit building, next to the main museum building.  A rotating exhibit explores various Valley related themes.

  5. Next, drive north on scenic highway 202 to Fall City for a historic walking tour

    When European-American settlers first arrived in Fall City in the late 1800’s, they found a thriving Snoqualmie Village. In 1869 settlers established a trading post and the first small steamboats started ferrying supplies up the river in 1875.

  6. After your walk, head north on 203 to Carnation and to the unique Camlann Medieval Village for a memorable dinner at the Bors Hede Restaurant. (Make sure you book reservations in advance as they do not take walk in guests.)  One of the most gratifying ways to learn about the middle ages is sitting down to a meal prepared from recipes enjoyed by the noble classes and one of the Northwest's most unique dining experiences.  Camlann’s restaurant is designed as a 14th century village inn where you may relax in a country setting, savor the hearty food, and give yourself over to the music and stories of the minstrels.