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The 71 Best Things About Living In Yakima

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Some folks from the Westside and in the Tri-Cities have unfairly ripped into the Yakima Valley and we think it’s a pretty damn awesome place to live. So we compiled our list (with help from our listeners) of the 71 best things about living here:

#1. Hops. Mmm, beer!
#2. Cheap Housing
#3. Wide Variety of Taco Wagons
#4. Apples
#5. Cherries
#6. Central Washington State Fair
#7. The Hottie on city council Carmen Mendez
#8. 300 days of sunshine a year
#9. The Todd & Andy Show
#10. Floating the Yakima River
#11. Yakima Greenway
#12. All-American City – TWICE!
#13. The cool Sports Center and Bonnie & Clyde Gun Signs
#14. Short commutes to work
#15. “Majors” beer battered French fries
#16. Miners burgers
#17. Two Walmarts
#18. Award winning local breweries (Bale Breakers, Yakima Craft, Hops Nation)
#19. Sam Kinison was born here
#20. Easiest airport to get in and out of
#21. Chicken Tortilla Soup at Cowiche Canyon
#22. Frisbee Golf at Randall Park
#23. Capitol Theater
#24. Downtown Summer Nights
#25. Yakima’s Biggest Yard Sale
#26. Gateway to Wine Country
#27. The Palm Springs of Washington
#28. Pippins Baseball
#29. Monday Night Football at Jackson’s
#30. The G-Spot at Gasperetti’s
#31. Johnson’s Orchards
#32. Yakima Valley Museum
#33. Union Gap’s plethora of weed shops
#34. Haven’t had a major volcanic eruption in 36 years
#35. Mario Battali from the Food Network is from Yakima
#36. Willie Nelson’s mom lived in Gleed
#37. Selah Girls
#38. Phil & Steve Mahre – Class of ’75 at Naches Valley High School
#39. Manic Thunder Improv Comedy Troupe
#40. Pirates Plunder
#41. Kyle McLachlan who graduated from Eisenhower High School.
#42. Oleta Adams
#43. Dr. Dan Doornink, former Seahawks great
#44. Mel Stottlemyre Jr.
#45. Todd Stottlemyre
#46. Ron’s Tacos and Burgers
#47. R. Lee Ermey is from Zillah
#48. In the movie Ray, one of Ray Charles’ concerts takes place in Yakima.
#49. Asian massage parlors on First Street.
#50. Folklife Festival
#51. Yakima Symphony Orchestra
#52. Yakama Nation Cultural Center
#53. Legends Casino
#54. Roller Derby’s Wine Country Crushers
#55. Yakima Speedway
#56. Seasons Concert Hall
#57. The Garbage Burger from Kings Row
#58. Can’t turn your head without seeing the number 12 or a Seahawks logo
#59. Easy to ‘day-trip’ to Seattle or Portland without having to live in Seattle or Portland
#60. Orion Cinema – drink, eat and watch movies
#61. Traffic is never that bad
#62. Great Fishing
#63. Great Hunting
#64. Great Camping
#65. Yakima Valley Arboretum
#66. The Trolleys of Downtown Yakima
#67. A Motorcycle Enthusiasts Dream Riding Landscape
#68. River Rafting nearby
#69. Indoor Range at Tactical Supply
#70. Oak Creek Elk Feeding Station
#71. White Water “Flip-Flop”

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