Walla Walla

The name Walla Walla is of Native American origin and means "many waters." Both the Cayuse and Walla Walla tribes called the Walla Walla Valley home.

In the 1800s, fur traders established a settlement trading post and fort in the area. The historic Nez Perce Trail was located where Main Street is today. The historic Lewis & Clark expedition skirted the northern and western boundaries of the Walla Walla Valley in 1805. Their return trip from the Pacific Ocean in 1806 took them through present day Walla Walla County.

In 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman traveled what became the Oregon Trail, and founded a mission amongst the Cayuse Indians. After 11 years, the mission effort ended in a tragic uprising that resulted in the deaths of the Whitmans and 12 others.

By the 1860's Walla Walla experienced the effects of the gold rush with commercial, banking, and manufacturing activities, making it the largest city in Washington Territory. Walla Walla became home to the first commercial bank in the northwest, the first college in the region, and has the oldest, continuous symphony west of the Mississippi River. Following the gold rush, farming became the economic force behind the community and continues as one today, especially with the recent explosion of the wine industry.


Explore the Walla Walla Valley


Suggested Itinerary -

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Fort Walla Walla Museum

Whitman Mission

Kirkman House Museum

Historic Homes Walking Tour



Wine & Dine Walla Walla

Downtown Walla Walla











Family Activities

Children's Museum

Skate Park

Walla Walla Sweets Baseball

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival

Pendleton Round-Up

Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days

Wheelin Walla Walla Weekend

Walla Walla Quilt Festival

Ice Chalet

Miniature Golf

Cycling Routes


Movie Theater

Drive-In Movie

Bennington Lake

Jumpin' JellyBeanz





Broel Studio

Carnegie Art Center

  Downtown Events















Whitman College

Walla Walla University

Walla Walla Community College



Farmer's Market

Klicker's Strawberries


Blue Mountain Lavender Farm

Montelleitt Cheese

Welcome Table Farms