Snoqualmie Falls
Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
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BigMerk
Glasgow, UK2,045 contributions
Sep 2022
We took a short detour on the road from Spokane to Seattle and visited the falls. They aren’t any near as spectacular as say Multnomah Falls on the Columbia River but they were worth a short detour. The access is a bit compromised and we managed to miss it first time requiring a u-turn. Parking is $7 (plus taxes etc) and there is parking in both sides of the road (connected by a bridge). On our side, the car park wasn’t huge.

There is an explanation of the adjacent power station which is interesting and walks too.
Written October 3, 2022
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Jason C
Littleton, New Hampshire124 contributions
Jun 2020
A spectacular, easy to see waterfall that is roaring and we were told it is taller than Niagra Falls. After visiting many waterfalls, I was extremely impressed by this one. We were only able to see the "upper view" which was incredible as the lower access was closed due to construction. Parking nearby the falls costs about $7 and is really close to the falls. Free parking is across the street and there is a short walk to "overflow parking" if it was crowded. This is close enough to visit while you are in the Seattle area and it is impressive enough to make the trip. Snoqualmie is a cute town and be sure to try some wine at WM Grassie tasting room.
Written June 14, 2020
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Samantha S
30 contributions
Jul 2022
Absolutely beautiful! A must see if you're traveling to the Seattle area. About 45 mins from the city. If you type in Snoqualmie Falls into your GPS it will take you to the paid lot at the top of the park where the falls are. There are other free lots further down the hiking trail and elsewhere in the park.
We were able to see the falls, hike down and touch the water and then hike back up. It was a great way to spend the morning.
Written July 17, 2022
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triplover42
Glendale, CA59 contributions
Aug 2022
About 1.5 mi round trip. You can see it from the top and then hike down to the bottom. It's a shady interpretive trail with blackberries and little signs identifying the different plants and their uses by indigenous people. There is a restaurant, but the wait was an hour so we didn't have lunch there. I wouldn't go out of your way to see it, but it's a nice stop if you're in the area. There's also a little railroad museum in town; if you're into that sort of thing, you could make a day of it.
Written August 21, 2022
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD518 contributions
May 2022
We visited Snoqualmie Falls on a beautiful spring afternoon. We recommend viewing the falls from the top and then taking the hike to the bottom. It's a good schlep, steep in areas, but there are places for one to stop and read signs about the flora and fauna and history of the area, or sit for a bit. Take your camera!
Written May 7, 2022
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Pauli C
Seattle, WA258 contributions
Apr 2020 • Family
We love driving from North of Seattle out East to Snoqualmie Falls, especially in the Spring. The rivers are high, the valley is filled with blooms of every color. and the leaves are sprouting. You never knew the were so many colors of green. On top of that, the falls are generally larger than normal. This year did not disappoint.

Our 14 and 15 year old daughters have indulged their parents, yearly, in making this trip. Every year they find something they like about it.

The park is technically closed for the coronavirus shelter in place order. The lower park was gated shut and the 1/2 mile hike was not an option. The flowers were in bloom and the park was beautiful.

Personally, if you have time, this is a must visit when in Seattle.
Written April 25, 2020
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Tofurry
Renton, WA815 contributions
Jun 2022
We had family visiting from overseas and they wanted to see the Snoqualmie Falls. We went on Saturday around 11am and it wasn't very crowded at all. Due to heavy rains the day before, the falls was really impressive. We started at the lower viewing point where we walked along a boardwalk to take pictures, and also down to the river. As we have preschoolers and a toddler with us, we were glad to be on the boardwalk. The last time we came, decades ago, we were able to get much closer to the falls, but this time, it was much safer that we couldn't.

We then went to the Upper Falls viewpoint/park. Parking was easy further away from the falls. It was free all day so even if we had parked in the lot close by, we wouldn't have had to pay. The Upper Falls has 3 main areas to see the falls and take pictures. The 3rd point had a constant mist from the falls. Crowds were definitely heavier in the upper area than the lower.

You can also visit the Salish Lodge & Spa which is quite a fancy hotel. Even the bathrooms are "higher-end". There is a gift shop in the parking lot where you can buy Snoqualmie Falls souveniers.
Written June 12, 2022
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Aslan's Traveler
Burnsville, MN587 contributions
Jun 2021
The powerplant built on top of these falls, and electrical lines going across the top of the falls take a lot away from the beauty that the falls must once have had. The area around the overlooks is completely built up, and very busy with people. Fortunately you can park for free across the road, and take a skyway across to the falls (see what I mean about built up?). If you or your kids have never seen a large waterfall "in the wild", this is a pretty easy one to take in. You can also see if from below by going a few miles further up route 202. Again, you are going to have to go past the power stations, but once you get past there the view up to the falls is a bit more scenic.
Written July 29, 2021
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Christina B
Louisiana2,498 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
So glad we made time to stop while going from one National Park to another on vacation. Unless you really want to or need to park in the small paid parking lot, the huge multi level parking lot across the street works well. It has an enclosed footbridge to get across the road. Lots of people, but worth the walk to ALL viewing spots. It is spectacular!! Information boards hold lots of historical facts & history.
Written August 12, 2021
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Bubuflu
Arlington, WA472 contributions
Feb 2021
Snoqualmie Falls offers visitors a place that is beautiful and amazing just outside of Issaquah, Bellevue and Seattle. The area is quite lovely and there is a nice hiking trail (can be a little tough on some coming back up). The observation areas of the falls offer nice educational information on the falls and the hydro electric facilities hidden beneath the rocks.

There is also a hotel, restaurant, spa and gift shop at the top of the falls that is a huge draw for weddings.
Written March 5, 2021
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