Our Discovery tour to Poulouse Falls was excellent. We traveled from Seattle to Yakima, then to Prosser, the Columbia River, Walla Walla, Poulouse Falls, and Pendleton, Oregon. Walla Walla was our base and the Best Western Plus was a perfect location for our 3 night stay. We loved the helpful staff and the amenities including the indoor pool, hot tub, breakfast, and great location to downtown and the freeway.
We visited the Balloon Festival a couple of times, and it had its challenges this year with wind and rain. We did get to see the process of how they inflate the balloons, which were really amazing in their size. The Night Glow event draws a huge crowd and is loved by the locals and tourists. You have to come early to get decent parking (we were on time and it was a long walk to the event due to the parking situation). The event itself isn’t super long but long enough, and photos do not tell the story of the immense size and the sounds of the lighting and flames.
We loved the sights, the history, and the museums in Walla Walla. The town has its old-town historical charm, plenty of wine tasting rooms in town if you are short on time to visit vineyards, and good restaurants. We took a drive through the residential neighborhoods and enjoyed the beautiful historical homes. We later drove the countryside through the wine country, finding the estates in the vineyards completely different than the Yakima Valley appellation tasting rooms. A must visit if you are into estates, vineyards, topography, or wine. Basil Winery is a must see with its log-cabin-like look yet it is modern, not rustic. I loved it. As for history, I have to mention the Frenchtown monument and the Whitman historical sight in particular. These both showcase the history of the Native American/Settler strife and cultural differences in a world of change. The short film at the Whitman Historical site was very well done, equally sharing the Native opinions and the Settler intentions.
The drive on this Discovery Tour to Poulouse Falls had three particular scenic roads worth a mention. The drive from Walla Walla to the Falls is breathtaking with its fields, farms, silos and grain elevators, little towns, and hilly landscape. Another is the road to Pendleton, Oregon. The fields, farms, and the mountain backdrop is beautiful. The third is the stretch from Cle Elem to Yakima. Forests transition to flat farming valley, then to sagebrush, and then wine country. It is a great visual and showcase of the variances in Northwest topography.
We visited the Pendleton Underground Tour and I must say they have done an outstanding job putting this together. You’ve heard of the Seattle Underground? The Pendleton underground tours has set up staging throughout the underground, and you get a really good feel and understanding of the history and conditions during many decades of use. Our guide knew her stuff and did a great job.
Poulouse Falls is as beautiful as any photo you see. There are a couple of short walks to see the falls, with a second falls worth the walk if you can take the time. Comparing it to Snoqualmie Falls, it’s tough to say either is more beautiful. Poulouse Falls has a more immense size at the bottom and shows the historical volcano/flooding aftermath, while Snoqualmie is taller, and closer to Seattle for the short-on-time traveler. Both are massive and amazing and I recommend them both equally to Northwesters and visitors.
This tour is now a dedicated tour in our selection of tours. It has been discovered, and is no longer a Discovery tour.
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