Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit Eastern Washington, where starting around now it tends to be sunnier and warmer than the Puget Sound area (however it is colder at night, so take note if you’re camping!).
Outskirts of Walla Walla on a sunny March day
If you want to keep it a short trip without overnighting, it’s just a little under three hours to get to Yakima, which has wineries, biking options and some great canyon hikes
Umtanum Canyon near Yakima is an easy and interesting hike anytime of year, with a creek, an old orchard, and an abundance of birds. Another beautiful hike in the same area is Cowiche Canyon, which you can hike or bike all year, and there’s a winery to visit part way along!
Well signed spur trail to the vineyard and tasting room along the Cowiche Canyon trail.
Columnar basalt in Cowiche Canyon
Vinyard in early spring