Central Washington has a lot to offer you when you visit. There are some great scenic sights to see, some fun communities with great shopping and eating establishments worth checking out, and a whole lot more. A stay in Ephrata makes it easy to reach everything too. In every direction, you can find something fun for you and your whole family or whoever you’re traveling with. It’s a great place to explore and here are five fun attractions you can get out and visit when you go there.
Grand Coulee Dam
Grand Coulee Dam is one of the top attractions in the State of Washington. This historic dam stretches across the Columbia River in North Central Washington and is impressive to see from multiple viewpoints and learn about in the visitor’s center that sits in its shadow. If you want a real treat, stay late and watch the laser light show. It’s projected right onto the face of the dam and is truly something to see.
Lake Lenore Caves
Lake Lenore Caves is a small roadside historical attraction located just north of Soap Lake on Highway 17. There a short, steep climb up to the level of the caves but then you can walk into and explore the multiple caves you find there. There’s very little development at the site which makes it easy to sit there and imagine what it must’ve been like back in the time when they were occupied and used.
Ancient Lakes is a natural scenic area located west of the town of Quincy and just east of the Columbia River. This series of very small lakes is reachable via a number of very level and easy to walk trails that lead through some of the best sagebrush covered canyon floors you can reach in the entire region. This is a nice way to spend time in the great outdoors in Eastern Washington.
Surf ‘n Slide Water Park
If you’re traveling with kids in the Moses Lake area, there’s one place you need to stop and visit, Surf ‘n Slide Water Park. This community owned attraction features much more than your normal swimming pool. There’s also a lazy river feature, a surfing attraction, and of course a couple of waterslides. The park is smaller than some of the bigger water parks in larger cities but it’s also more affordable and usually features smaller crowds too. It’s an awesome place to sit back and watch the kids have a fun and refreshing time.
Located just north of Lake Lenore Caves and just south of Banks Lake, Dry Falls is one of those eye opening attraction that many people have a hard time believing is located in Washington State. Dry Falls is the site of an ancient waterfall that once flowed through the area back when water from the historic Missoula Floods raged through Eastern Washington. There’s a great visitor’s center there too where you can learn a lot about the geography and this history of the site. When you’re done staring in wonder at Dry Falls from above, drive a short distance south and access the roads that wind through it below. This is one place you’ll really want to have your camera along for.
Ephrata is perfectly located to make it easy to visit all five of the above attractions, and so much more. There are a lot of other places to visit nearby too including Chief Joseph Dam, Banks Lake, Vantage, Soap Lake, Wenatchee, Potholes State Park, Lake Roosevelt, and a whole lot of museums, historical sites, parks, and more.
Stay in Ephrata
A great place to stay in Ephrata while you visit all those other things in every direction is the Best Western Rama Inn. This is a clean place with a friendly staff. There’s even a nice swimming pool for the whole family to enjoy. And you’re sure to love the breakfast every morning too.
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