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“Breathtaking Waterfall and Good for Tourists”
Review of Snoqualmie Falls

Snoqualmie Falls
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Snoqualmie Falls and Seattle Winery Tour
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Snoqualmie
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Snoqualmie Falls is one of Washington state's most popular scenic attractions. More than 1.5 million visitors come to the Falls every year. At the falls, you will find a two-acre park, gift shop, observation deck, the Salish Lodge and the famous 270 foot waterfall.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

We took our cousin from Arizona to Snoqualmie Falls, and she thoroughly enjoyed it -- especially the pervasive forested greenery, which is not a common commodity in Arizona. The park where one can obtain the spectacular views of the falls includes well developed concrete walkways and "well maintained" forest areas. The park is owned by Puget Sound Energy. Over 100 years ago, PSE and its predecessor companies developed one of the State's first hydroelectric facilities at the falls. They have put a lot of thought into the design of the park and into preserving the natural experience. There are several natural and historical interpretive exhibits throughout. There is plenty of parking and the concrete walkways make it easy for most tourists. It is mostly accessible save for one section of the walkway which is probably too steep for disabled folks (marked to that effect). Those who are put off by "touristy" developed areas are welcome to take a steeper nature trail that goes down to the base of the falls. There is an excellent gift shop and the adjacent Salish Lodge provides overnight rooms, a good restaurant, and a spa. It's easy to get there on I-90 from Seattle -- about 30 minutes -- and then you can take a more leisurely drive back through the countryside on Highway 202.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

People travel from all parts of the globe to see these falls and the gorgeous views... We're lucky to have them nearby. Great place to spend an afternoon viewing the falls, hiking down the trails and then walking to the lodge to complete the experience.
Parking is always a challenge near the lookout, but additional space is across the street. If you have older guests, don't park across the street. There is also valet parking at the lodge. Take your camera!

Thank Ginger W
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Love these Falls, the perspective is amazing. I grew up nearby and my first "real" job was working at the "Little Lodge". Moved away years ago and try to come visit whenever back in the Valley. I love to experience the different seasons, favorite is winter runoff, but this early June visit didn't disappoint. ❤️

Thank NanaLaurie55
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

We visited Snoqualmie Falls for two reasons: 1) It's fairly close to Seattle where we were vacationing and would only take us about 30 minutes to drive to the falls. 2) My wife was pregnant at the time, and didn't want to hike over a 1/2 mile to see a waterfall.

Snoqualmie Falls fulfills both of these. It didn't take long at all to drive from Seattle downtown where we were staying. The drive itself is very relaxing, and the highway getting to Snoqualmie is absolutely beautiful with its lush green trees lining the roadside. Once you get to the falls, there is a decent sized parking lot for visitors, a visitor center explaining the history of the falls, and easy to follow signs to viewpoints of the falls. From parking lot to the main viewing platform was no more than 100 steps.

I've been to Iguazu Falls in Argentina, and there absolutely is NO comparison between the two. However, after seeing Iguazu Falls in person, there's nothing that can compare. Snoqualmie would seem like a leaky faucet compared to Iguazu. Regardless, this is a nice place to visit...very clean and kept well, not totally crowded, and very peaceful to watch.

There are two viewpoints...an upper viewpoint (which most people will go to), and a lower viewpoint. The lower viewpoint seems to be much less known to visitors, and the parking lot on the lower viewpoint was practically empty when we got there. You have to take a short drive from the main upper viewpoint parking lot to get to the lower viewpoint. Otherwise, you can hike the trail from the top of the falls down to the base (but then you'd have to hike back uphill). My wife being pregnant at the time, we decided to drive to the lower viewpoint parking lot.

Anyway...definitely a place to stop by and take a selfie with your better half and take in the view.

Thank Alex L
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

I visited the falls in 2009 and I thought it was just amazing. Here I was again 5 years later and boy, what a disappointment. First of all, the parking is horrendous....there is no other word for it. they need a better system. you could really spend an hour driving around looking for parking. I dropped off my daughter and her father at the front entrance while i went with my hubby to search for parking. 30 minutes later, we found a spot. the original gazebo that was here 5 years ago is gone, and "progress" has taken over...now there is food to buy, a gift shop, a skybridge....oh wow very commercialized. It's too bad they couldn't preserve the sanctity here. Yes, the falls is nice, a nice view but not as impressive a view as it was before. sorry, there are too many other distractions to really appreciate the falls now.

Thank ciera1love
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