Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
“Where the west still lives in the city of museums and murals,” is a pretty great summary of what makes up Toppenish. Boasting over 74 painted murals and home to three museums, Toppenish prides itself on remembering and celebrating its history.
The city has made an effort to preserve its rugged western history through the town’s appearance – including western style buildings, horse drawn covered wagon tours, and pictorially through the throngs of murals gracing many of the buildings exteriors. It’s a one stop spot for learning the history of the valley.
Swing into the American Hop Museum to learn all about how important this crop is to our region, and to beer drinkers the world over!
The Northern Pacific Railway Museum includes displays of many old railway cars along with a restoration in process of a 1930’s vintage freight train.
The Yakama Nation Museum holds archaeological, ethnographical, photographic, art, media and paper collections of the Yakama Nation tribe.
The city is also home the famous “mural in a day”
where local, regional and national artists create a masterpiece in less than 24 hours. This annual event is coming up on June 7th and it’s a particularly interesting time to visit Toppenish.
Other notable things to do, check out the wild horses just south of town off highway 97, visit the 88 cent store, check out the spectacular views of Mt. Adams, and see the largest flag pole in the state – it measures over 167 feet!
Distance from Yakima Valley: 20 miles or about a half hour of drive time
What to bring: Camera
Who should go: the whole family!
Cost: free - $$
When: Year round
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