On our first full day in the Walla Walla area, we visited the Whitman Mission National Historic Site.
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Trail length: 1 mile
Difficulty: Easy; paved trail up the hill on the site
Distance from Seattle: About 4.5 hours
Tips: This park is pretty small, so feel free to take your time and enjoy the area. It’s really interesting if you have the time!
This was such an interesting site! One thing I have been really enjoying is learning about this side of the country’s history. I know very little about the Western United States in terms of historical events, so stopping at these sites has been so much fun for me.
This one in particular goes in detail about the Oregon Trail as this was one of the major stops for several years for the earliest of pioneers. I enjoyed it greatly, and it was free! Anything to do with Laura Ingalls’ time period and I am there. 😉
The site is home to the ruins of the Mission that once stood there, a monument to those who died in a massacre at the site, and the graves of those who died in the fight. The monument is on a hill on the site, where this photo was taken.
Can you see the wagon down at the bottom? That is the actual site of the Oregon Trail. The trees behind it that are on the flat land show the location of the mission, blacksmith, and stable ruins.
We always enjoy visiting the national sites when we can to get stamps and take our picture in front of the sign. I love how we have these little traditions! You can see all the parks we have visited in this post that I update as often as we visit new places.
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