Yakima is located in the southeast center of the state of Washington on the eastern side of the Cascade Mountains at an elevation of 1060 ft. and 137 miles SE of Seattle.
Yakima County, of which Yakima is the county seat, is best known for its abundance of agriculture. It is considered one of the best apple growing regions in the world and is also a major grower of cherries, peaches, asparagus, hops and grapes for the production of high quality wines.
The name originates from the Yakama Nation. The Yakama people were the first recorded inhabitants of the Yakima Valley. In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition came through the area and discovered abundant wildlife and rich soil, soon to be followed by homesteaders from the east.
The city was officially incorporated and named the county seat on January 27, 1886. Because of the dry sunny climate and abundant outdoor activities, Yakima is seen as a growing wine tourism and resort destination.