Congratulations, you’ve found Union Gap, WA! Now, it’s time to explore.
Founded more than a century ago, Union Gap is actually the ‘original’ Yakima City, until the city was literally moved four miles away in 1884 (over 100 buildings put on rollers and moved by horses) and became Yakima. Union Gap was officially named in 1917. Nestled in the Yakima Valley, in the "gap" where two mountain heads meet, the community has become a center of activity on its own and now features a large selection of shops, restaurants, a couple of museums and several festivals. and events throughout the year. Union Gap is centrally located in Washington State, making it the perfect place to meet family and friends for wine tasting in the Yakima Valley, enjoying great fishing on the Yakima River, or taking advantage of the year round outdoor activities that nearby.
Yakima Valley’s only indoor shopping mall is located in Union Gap, at the north end of town on Valley Mall Boulevard. Stretching more than 746,000 square feet, Valley Mall is home to more than 90 specialty stores, merchants and restaurants, and anchored by popular department stores Macy’s and Sears. Valley Mall is constantly adding new stores. Most recently Cabela’s, World’s Foremost Outfitter opened in Union Gap drawing outdoorsmen from all over the Northwest.
If you’re traveling through Central Washington this summer, and see the exit signs for Union Gap, make a stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner and we know you won’t be disappointed. The unassuming location of Los Hernandez attracts tamale fans from throughout the state and even the region – they are the tamales you’ll measure all tamales against. Looking for fresh produce? The boys at Fruit City bring in the best local and regional produce all summer long, including cherries, stone fruits, berries and more. Locals shop Fruit City from April – October every year, make sure you have room in your car – you won’t leave empty handed! Looking for your next great burger? Try some of our local places such as Old Town Pump, Old Town Station, the James Gang Bar & Grill, Jean’s Cottage Inn, Major’s Burgers and the Pepp’rmint Stick Drive In – let us know what you think!
Located in Union Gap, Washington, at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge, the Ag Museum’s park like surroundings hold important equipment and history including the Magness Room displaying over 3,000 antique hand tools, the steam engine used to power the old Naches sawmill, a collection of bells from the valley schools, a working sawmill, and the home of the Lindeman Tractor. All of this and more has combined to create the Central Washington Agricultural Museum, the largest historical Museum in Motion in the Pacific Northwest.