Yakima Valley is located in Yakima County, the second largest agricultural land mass in
Washington State, covering over 4,000 square miles. Much of the region bears fruit trees,
producing more apples and winter pears than any other county. Protected from the wet west
coast by the Cascade Range, the four-season Central Washington climate is also appropriate for
the acres of vineyards, hops and wheat fields that flourish in the dry and sunny growing season.
The city of Yakima is home to more than 70,000 residents, most of whom work in the
agriculture and farming industry. Businesses catering to the tourist trade include antique
shops, art galleries, restaurants, golf courses, riding stables and skiing resorts.
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