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Why Sunnyside

The Yakima Valley has a lot to offer. Culturally diverse, you will find welcoming people who share a love for culture and the outdoors. The Yakima Valley has become one of the premier wine-producing regions in the world and now is home to some 65 different wineries. We are just a short three hours away from the beautiful city of Seattle, great for a weekend getaway for a Mariners or Seahawks game or to enjoy shopping and fine dining. You can be on the world-class ski slopes of White Pass two hours after you leave your driveway. Anglers experience world-class trout fishing in the Yakima River…and in the Columbia River, anglers fish year-round for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon, walleye and bass. Windsurfers and kiteboarders travel from all over the world to enjoy their sport in the Columbia Gorge, which is just an hour away.

Bloomsday, one of the largest amateur running events in the world, is held every May in Spokane, a two-and-a-half-hour drive to the north. The Seattle to Portland Bike Ride takes off every July.

If you like your fun closer to home, there is a 15-mile bike and running path that links Sunnyside to the neighboring towns of Grandview and Prosser. Washington State University–Tri-Cities, Central Washington University, Heritage University and Yakima Valley Community College are all viable options for continuing education. There are excellent public and private schools in Sunnyside and in other school districts nearby.

Our community

Sunnyside, Grandview, Prosser and the rest of the Yakima Valley are all part of a culturally diverse region of over 80,000 people living between the cities of Yakima on the west and Tri-Cities on the east.

Sunnyside, at 25,000 people, is the second largest city in Yakima County and is a retail hub for the Valley area.

Sunnyside High School is a 3A high school (second largest classification in the state). Sunnyside Christian High School is a private, nondenominational religious–sponsored high school also located in our community. Both schools offer excellent educational opportunities for their students. The schools also work together on some extracurricular activities. Sunnyside High School is noted for excellence in drama, wrestling, orchestra, the Washington State Science Fair and other educational competitions.

Grandview, five miles east of Sunnyside, has been revitalized by the location of a Wal-Mart Regional Distribution Center. The center has resulted in economic expansion in our area, including many new homes as well as jobs related to food processing.

Sunnyside and Grandview are in the heart of Yakima Valley Wine Country. The business of "agritourism" has become a key economic factor for the Yakima Valley. Various themed weekends in the wine industry promote tourism throughout the year. Sunnyside, Grandview and nearby Prosser have an expanded array of services to meet that need, including restaurants, motels, bed and breakfast inns and a new 24-hour fitness center.

In December, the annual Sunnyside Farm Implement Parade has become a must-see. On the first Saturday of December, colorfully decorated farm implements parade through the streets of Sunnyside to signal the start of the holiday season. The annual event draws thousands of people to Sunnyside and has been featured on national television.

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For more information, please contact:
Mari Guess
P.O. Box 719
Sunnyside, WA 98944

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