MAPLE LEOPARD: WA State Wonder: Snolqualmie Falls

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

WA State Wonder: Snolqualmie Falls



Hello lovely friends, I hope you are doing well on this beautiful spring day! The temps here in the Northwest are off the charts for April, I am loving every minute of it!  This is the perfect time of year to visit Snoqualmie Falls, located near the twin peaks in North Bend WA.


This amazing site is just 25 minutes from Seattle. The falls  are some of the most stunning to be found in the United States.  Hydro electric power is also naturally generated from here for much of the surrounding areas.

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This beautifully landscaped staircase leads right up to the falls.  Park like gardens are all around the area. I think Snoqualmie falls should be named as the 8th wonder of the world! Oh my, all I could do was stand in awe for several minutes.



The Salish Lodge is a luxury mountain hotel with Northwest style and charm. Sitting at the top of the falls, it features a famous dining room with stunning views.

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   This restaurant is known for the huge country style breakfasts it serves.  I was there in the early a.m., and did not have time to stay. I walked inside and took a  quick look around, the lodge is gorgeous and feels so homey! 
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  A brilliant rainbow was  showing off its layers of color the day I stopped in. It doesn't get any better than that!


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The waterfall is a must see NW destination and visited by 1.5 million people a year. This 268 foot wonder dumps into the Snoqualmie river and is a sacred ground for Native American culture. The viewing platform I mentioned earlier, gives 180 degree views of the waterfall.


 The huge spray of mist made for beautiful images, but whoa I almost got the 2nd shower of the day! Make sure you wear a rain coat and your camera is protected. The upper deck viewpoint, was completely soaked!

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Just a few miles up the road heading east into the mountains, is Snoqualmie Pass. The views here are also stunning. There was still some snow left on the slopes and the surrounding peaks. This of course, is a very popular ski destination for the Northwest.

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It's on my bucket list to go flying down a slope at full speed, ha ha I'd probably land face first!  I have never learned to ski or ride a surf board, I'm part dare devil..so who knows maybe it's in my future!




Travel season is upon us, maybe this is a destination you should add to your itinerary! There is just something so peaceful about a waterfall. If  you need  peace, tranquility, and time away from bustle-this is the spot for you! 

How about you, are you traveling somewhere exciting this spring or summer? Have a beautiful week! For more travel and style inspiration, catch me on Instagram or  twitter.  Again thanks to all for your continued support.

                                                      XO VALERIE













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37 comments:

  1. Wow! How gorgeous! I would love to visit Washington State someday. I wish it weren't so far away from Wisconsin!

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    1. Thank you Amy for stopping in, I sure hope you get to! Don't come in winter or late fall...too cold! I am going to WI for the firs time In June to visit my friend...!

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  2. Oh Valerie, so so gorgeous! The contrasts are so amazing and the beauty of nature is something to behold out there! Wish I was there right now and we were meeting for lunch, LOL! Have a wonderful day gorgeous

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    1. Thank you beautiful Andrea...I wish you were here too, lunch here would be so awesome!
      xo

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  3. Wow, how gorgeous, with those snow-capped mountains in the distance! I do love waterfalls. This looks like one worth visiting. Thanks for sharing!

    Euriental

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    1. Kama...it is def a must see sight! So breath taking, thanks for stopping in!

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  4. The Snoqualmie Falls is really roaring! Since the drought, I haven't seen anything like this in Southern California, and the experience looks incredible. Also, I'd love to stay at Salish Lodge!

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    1. HI Patricia..I want to stay in the Salish Lodge too...such a romantic and quite hideaway, so gorgeous! I hope you get to see it someday!

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  5. Wow. That looks so beautiful. I want to go. Thanks for the post Valerie!

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    1. Thanks so much Christine! I am glad you stopped by and I hope you are doing well!

      Valerie

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  6. I have now to go back to Washington state for the falls. The pics are great. Glad able to check off bucket list :-)

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    1. Yes Rosi for sure, you must go see it! Gorgeous and breathtaking!

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  7. Very nice place in all respects :) And yes, you are not cold in the last picture?

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    1. Hi Klauss thank you, actually it was not too cold of a day at all...even though there was snow all around..ha ha!

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  8. I love that place and you are so right, this is the perfect time to go there! We also hiked down to the viewing platform all the way down and it was gorgeous! :)
    So lucky you got to capture a rainbow in your pictures, beautiful snaps and you!
    xx, Kusum | www.sveeteskapes.com

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    1. Wow Kusum..I so wanted to do that..but we were on the way to Pullman to see my daughter so didn't have much time..next time! have a lovely week !

      xo

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  9. This looks incredible! Beautiful photos! Def a place I would like to visit!!

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    1. Thank you Ruthie..I sure hope you can some day...worth it for sure!

      Valerie

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  10. Great idea, heading to Snoqualmie on these nice days! I'm jealous that you saw a rainbow up there! Gorgeous:) Salish is great; the breakfast is amazing, the spa is delightful, and the rooms are rustic chic!

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    1. Awe lucky you..that you were able to stay..I hope to next time!

      xo

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  11. This is gorgeous!!! I would love to visit, your pictures are amazing!!! xo

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    1. Come on out Adriana.. I will show you around!...I cant wait to visit NYC and meet you!!

      xo

      Valerie

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  12. I've always wanted to visit Washington state - especially the Seattle/Tacoma area! This post makes me want to visit even more! I can't wait to visit, and when I do (because one day I WILL lol), I will definitely be visiting that gorgeous water fall!

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    1. HI Sarah...you def should...the scenery is incredible! Some days the weather not so great tho..ha so come in the summer! If you need some tips when you come...just contact me here!

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  13. Gorgeous!! I live in Oregon so not too far, it's such a gorgeous place to live!!

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    1. Hey Bethany, come on up! Oregon has many beautiful spots as well!!

      xo
      Valerie

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  14. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful place! I love any waterfall, and that rainbow shining above it is absolutely gorgeous! Love that you bring the Northwest to the Travel Tuesday link-up, it's an amazing area of the world and needs more attention!

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    1. Thank you Christy! I love your link up and look forward to it every week! The NW is stunning for sure..more to come!!
      xo
      Valerie

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  15. We love visiting the Falls, and Salish Lodge is a wonderful place to stay! Looks like you picked a beautiful day to visit!

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    1. Hi Jenn, I hope to stay there next time I go! It was incredible to see the rainbow :)

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  16. Such beautiful pictures! I haven't been to Snoqualmie Falls in years, but it's one of my favorite spots.

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    1. Thank you Lana...It was my first time after living here 30 yrs..crazy..! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Those falls are stunning, and I can only imagine what a sight it must be to dine in that beautiful lodge. I'm heading to Seattle later this year so if we get time, I'd love to head out this way. All the scenery looks breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you for stopping Rachel..I sure hope you get to go!!

      xo
      Valerie

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  18. That lodge is in such a prime location! Looks spectacular!

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