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While there may not be many restaurants or stores in the vicinity, there are a number of things to entertain in the Gorge area. Columbia Valley is home to some to several great wineries, most of which give tours and offer tastings. Crescent Bar, located just 20 minutes north of the Ampitheater, is a popular Memorial Day Weekend destination. With beach access, this is a great spot for swimming, jet skiing, and soaking up some sun.

If you are coming to the festival from out of town, there are several major cities just a few hours from the Gorge, all of which have large international airports. Consider adding a few days to the beginning or end of your trip and see what else the Pacific Northwest has to offer!

Seattle, the largest city in the region, is 2.5 hours away and offers a wealth of culture. Points of interest include the Space Needle, Seattle Art Museum, and Seattle Aquarium. The EMP Museum (Experience Music Project) is also worth noting: it's a museum dedicated to popular music, science fiction, and culture, with exhibits that change throughout the year. For shopping, check out the small, independently owned boutiques of Ballard Avenue North West. Also, the Seattle International Film Festival will be going on at this time and would definitely be worth a visit for anyone who appreciates film.

Lovers of the outdoors can enjoy several national parks; Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic are just a few of the many options. Other natural points of interest include the national volcanic monument Mount St. Helens, and Puget Sound. The mild, temperate climate of this region allows for year-round recreation; cycling, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, and swimming are lovely this time of year.

  • Wild Horse Monument

    • Exit 139 off I-90
    • Grant, WA

    The Wild Horse Monument is easy to miss if you don't know what to look for. This lot of metal horse sculptures sits above the Columbia River offering one of the most breathtaking views of the valley. Follow exit 139 off of Interstate 90 and follow the signs for the "Scenic Viewpoint." This will lead to a parking lot, from which you can make the easy hike up to the horses.

  • Cave B Estate Winery

    For an unconventional evening activity, the local winery offers affordable tastings in a room with beautiful views. Certainly a quieter atmosphere than anything you’ll find at Sasquatch!, but perhaps worth a visit for wine lovers. This is part of the same complex as Tendrils Restaurant and the Cave B Inn & Spa.

  • Jones of Washington

    Jones of Washington is one of the several wineries thriving in the Columbia River Basin. The basin, carved out by Ice Age floods, is home to rich soil and a warmer climate than the rest of the state, making it an ideal location for growing grapes. If you are looking for something a little classier to do in your downtime at Sasquatch! check out their tasting room, open from noon to 5pm Friday through Sunday.

  • Beaumont Cellars

    Beaumont Cellars grapes are grown on The Wahluke Slope, a fertile region known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Produced in small and limited quantities, Beaumont's red wines are a good treat for any wine-loving Sasquatch-goer.