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Start your day at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center, next to Rattlesnake Lake in North Bend. The center is a regional education facility created as a gathering place to connect people with the source of their water and is a gateway to the Cedar River Municipal Watershed, which provides drinking water for 70% of the 1.4 million people living in the greater Seattle area. The education center has many family friendly exhibits and also offers year-round guided tours.
Next, drive north to North Bend’s historic train depot and board the Northwest Railway Museum. 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.
Take a few minutes to explore the Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Museum, which chronicles the development of the world’s first underground power station.
Catch the train back to North Bend and head to the Snoqualmie Valley Historical Museum to explore their rich collection of pioneer artifacts. Furnishings of a typical turn of the century family home allow you to imagine life in an earlier time and a rotating exhibit explores various Valley related themes.
Next, take in the beauty of the Valley as you drive north on the scenic highway 202 to Fall City for a historic walking tour starting at the Fall City Masonic Hall, making your way through town visiting each historic building and interpretive sign.
After your walk, head north on 203 to Carnation Farms and to the Tolt Historical Society Museum and explore a collection of vintage photographs, artifacts and memorabilia representing the 100+ year history of the town of Tolt/Carnation. Continue heading north on 203 to the Tolt Historical Society Museum– built over 100 years ago – and visit the bunkhouse, milk barn, and pioneer cemetery nearby. You can also read more about the history of the Dougherty House here. In addition to farmstead, you can also visit the Pioneer Cemetery located next door and can read more about it here.
Note: Be sure to look at the posted open times for the Tolt Historical Society Museum and Doughtery Farmstead, and if the timing doesn’t work they can also be opened by appointment.
Finish your day with a trip back in time at the unique Camlann Medieval Village. Head back to Carnation and enjoy a memorable dinner at the Bors Hede Restaurant where you will sit down to a medieval feast prepared from recipes enjoyed by the noble classes. Camlann’s restaurant is designed as a 14th century village inn where you can relax in a country setting, savor the hearty food, and give yourself over to the music and stories of the minstrels. *Make sure you book reservations in advance as they do not take walk in guests.