How to Get From Seattle, WA, to Yakima, WA

Yakima Valley, Washington, is nestled 142 miles southeast from the hustle and bustle of Seattle. Upon first glance, Yakima might not seem like an extraordinary destination. Yakima Valley is comprised of 11,000 acres of agriculture. Our inn lies among three acres of hops fields and vineyards. Our area is the perfect place to relax and enjoy picturesque views, locally-sourced beer and wine, and much more. However, there are also many great things to do on your trip from Seattle, WA, to Yakima, WA. Make the most of your Washington State road trip with our helpful and fun tips! Then, make the most of your Yakima Valley getaway with the help of our complimentary Travel Guide. This exclusive guide is full of local recommendations on how to best relax while you’re here.

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Travel Tips for Your Seattle, WA, to Yakima, WA, Road Trip

Essential Information

Before embarking on a road trip, it’s important to know the details of your trip. How far is it? What time of day should I leave? What’s the best route to take? These are just a few questions you might be asking yourself. We believe that planning your Yakima Valley getaway should be effortless. That’s why we’ve put together this list of fast-facts to help you plan.

  1. Yakima is 142 miles Southeast of Seattle. That translates to a drive-time of about two hours and 15 minutes! This is the perfect distance for listening to a couple of episodes of your favorite podcast or a new album.
  2. The fastest route to take is I-90 East. This interstate doesn’t have tolls, so you don’t have to stress about having just the right amount of change on-hand.
  3. Seattle to Washington is the perfect weekend getaway in Washington. If you leave Friday after work, you can get to Yakima in time to catch dinner at our on-site, five-star restaurant. You’ll also have Saturday and Sunday to explore our amazing area. However, we recommend taking Friday off, leaving in the morning, and treating yourself to an extra day of relaxation.

Where to Stop

So, you’ve got your copy of our complimentary Travel Guide, requested Friday off of work, and now you’re ready to start planning. First things first, where will you stop on your road trip from Seattle to Yakima? The drive might only be a couple of hours, but that’s just enough time to stop in the middle for delicious lunch.

You have all day, so treat yourself by sleeping in a bit! Before you leave your Seattle homestead, be sure to fill up at your local gas station. Then, head to one of Seattle’s finest coffee shops for that extra shot of energy (AKA: espresso). We recommend Victrola Coffee Roasters. Not only is the shop known for its espresso, but one trusted Yelp! reviewer even alluded that this coffee is better than a good night’s sleep.

Once you’ve got some pep in your step, get on the road! Turn on your favorite podcast or tunes as you head southeast on I-90 toward the Valley. Kittitas County, WA, is about halfway from Seattle on your journey to Yakima. It’s a small area just off the interstate, but it’s the perfect place to stop for gas and to eat. Main Stop Restaurant is your road trip go-to for a quick bite of traditional diner cuisine.

What to Do When You Arrive

If you sleep in, stop for coffee, and then again to gas up and have lunch, you should arrive in the early-mid afternoon. Remember that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere and head to a local winery or brewery to kick off your weekend getaway.

Stay in Washington State Luxury

Room view of the Anne Room at Birchfield Manor. There’s nothing more central to a successful getaway than a five-star lodging experience. Complete your trip from Seattle, WA, to Yakima, WA, with a stay at Birchfield Manor. Our inn is run by Yakima natives who know the area and are passionate about sharing it with others. Our favorite way to share our area’s bounty is via our farm-to-table cuisine at our on-site restaurant.

All of our accommodations have luxurious amenities with a peaceful ambiance. Reserve your two-night stay in our Anne Room and wake up to natural sunlight each morning/ enjoy window-seat views of our meticulously-maintained grounds, which include hops fields and a small vineyard. A Yakima Valley getaway is just what you need to unplug and recharge from city life. Browse all of our accommodations and book your stay today!