Community Profiles

Located in the center of Washington state, nestled between the Cascade mountains and the Columbia river, the Wenatchee Valley is comprised of bustling communities on both sides of the river.

The sister cities of Wenatchee and East Wenatchee are two cities and two counties divided by the mighty Columbia river but united as one community, while the town of Cashmere, just 10 miles west, offers visitors a taste of vintage 'small town America'.


(pop. 29,920)

As you arrive in the Valley, you'll pass miles and miles of lush green orchards ? apple, pear and cherry ? cut by cascading rivers snaking through semi-arid flatlands and canyons. In spring, the craggy mountainsides are carpeted in yellow, as the local wildflower, balsamroot, blooms in unison.

As you enter the city of Wenatchee, the snow topped Cascade Mountains rise to the west and the mighty Columbia river glitters to the east. Tree-lined streets lead to the hub and life of our community ? the award-winning historic downtown.

Awarded the 2003 Great American Main Street Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Wenatchee's downtown is a mix of cultural activities, shopping destinations, dining opportunities and outdoor experiences.

East Wenatchee

(pop. 11,420)

Every evening, East Wenatchee visitors are treated to one of nature's most spectacular displays, as the sun sets over the Cascade Mountains, radiating pink, orange and purple streams across the horizon. To the east, the moon rises over Badger Mountain and a blanket of stars appear in the clear evening sky.

With Pangborn Memorial Airport, the Wenatchee Valley Mall and 300 acres of riverside parks bordering the Columbia river, you can spend an adventurous day exploring this city on the east side of the Valley.

If adventurous 'firsts' interest you, East Wenatchee has a 'first' of its own. On October 5, 1931, Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. landed in East Wenatchee after completing the first non-stop trans-Pacific airplane flight originating in Misawa, Japan. You can see a replica of their famous plane, the Miss Veedol, at Ballard Park. And to this day, Misawa, Japan, remains an active sister-city with East Wenatchee, helping to create the Bridge of Friendship Japanese Garden dedicated to the historic relationship.