About Wenatchee

The quality of life in the Wenatchee Valley is unsurpassed, evident by a steadily increasing population and a strong, diverse economy. The area’s natural beauty and abundance of recreational opportunities are two of the many reasons people come to the Wenatchee Valley.

With an urban area consisting of 80,000 people, the region offers the perfect balance of larger city amenities with the relaxed and friendly environment of a smaller town. Residents and visitors escape from their everyday routines on the Apple Capital Loop Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle path that meanders along the banks of the Columbia River, crossing at two points and connecting the cities of East Wenatchee and Wenatchee.

Along this developing waterfront you’ll find Pybus Public Market;
a community gathering place with an excellent source of locally grown fruits and vegetables complimented by a quality selection of artisan and ethnic products.

Adjacent to the waterfront is beautiful historic downtown Wenatchee. Home to numerous small businesses you will find a truly unique shopping and dining experience.

The Wenatchee Valley Mall, located in downtown East Wenatchee, gives our area’s residents and visitors a more urban retail experience with over forty stores including Sportsman’s Warehouse, Olive Garden, Macy’s, Ross, Marshall’s, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

The area is a growing hub for all of North Central Washington serving a population base of over 250,000 people. The Valley economy is also closely tied to the Seattle Metro area given we are only a 2 ½ hour drive, or a short 20 minutes flight, over the beautiful Cascades Mountains.

The performing and visual arts are highly valued in the region adding to our rich cultural diversity and history. East Wenatchee is actively involved in international relations through an ongoing cultural exchange with Misawa, Japan. The Mayors of East Wenatchee, Wenatchee, and Misawa signed a Sister City Agreement in 2001. Misawa was selected because East Wenatchee was the landing site of Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon, flying Miss Veedol on the first non-stop Trans-Pacific Flight from Misawa, Japan, in October 1931. The two cities host delegations from Misawa in the spring during the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival and in the fall during the Wings & Wheels Festival. Likewise a delegation from our community visit Misawa in August of each year.

We invite you to choose this place: to visit, to explore, or to stay.

Read more about our history and learn about our future.