Top Omak Travel

Top Omak Travel

Find the latest insider inspiration on the top things to do and see when traveling to Omak, Washington.

  • Unleash Your Inner Warrior!

    Unleash Your Inner Warrior!

    Buck aside, Broncos! Two-legged fighters are taking the ring. On September 14th, the Omak Warrior Stampeders take on a four-plus mile loop course that begins and ends at the Stampede Rodeo Arena, within Eastside Park. Listen for the thunder of fast feet racing along arena bleachers before competitors exit the arena and fight their way through an obstacle course in Eastside Park. They'll encounter an intimidating variety of obstacles that require creative moves and considerable strength to overcome. But when they do, participants will continue along the course to bordering Okanogan River where they'll have no option, but to get wet and wade across the river before scrambling up the infamous Suicide Hill. Warriors have to loop back around the course so once they reach the top of the hill, they have only to launch themselves off again. For the curious, it's a sight to behold, and for competitors, it's a true test of willpower. So come one, come all!

  • Omak Stampede and Suicide Race

    Omak Stampede and Suicide Race

    It's that time of year again! Omak, in all of its wild and bucking bravado, invites you to the 86th annual Omak Stampede and Suicide Race. That's four days of hair-raising, saddle-scintillating excitement, beginning August 8th and ending Sunday, August 11th. Event organizers promise nothing but authentic cowboy fun, with rules identical to those first set in 1935. In addition to the hair-raising judged and timed events you'll see in the arena, other weekend highlights include a wrangler night for the kids, a traditional Indian Encampment & Pow Wow, an art show featuring Western & Native crafts, the Davis Shows Carnival and even a rodeo dance. Then on Sunday, horses and riders race 225 feet down a sandy bluff to swim across the Okanogan river before and sprinting 500 yards to the finish line in the center of the Stampede arena. Trust us, you don't want to miss it!

  • Deep Bay Fireworks

    Deep Bay Fireworks

    Independence Day is an all-day event in Oroville with the Okanogan County Chamber of Commerce promising a whole lot more than your average fireworks display.  The day starts at noon with a cannon salute, with salutes following once every hour, on the hour. Also at noon, the cafe carts will open with burgers, hot dogs, burritos, barbecued pulled pork, ice cream, granitas, snow cones and more. Get in line for a professional photo op or take a stroll through the park. Did we mention it's all happening at beautiful Deep Bay Park? Adjacent to the interstate, Deep Bay gets you off the open road and straight into nature. If you decide to walk-off your lunch, make sure you're back in time to see the patriotic singing competition at 7:00 pm and lighted boat parade that follows. Fireworks start at 10:00 pm, and trust us when we say that it's a show you won't want to miss!

  • Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

    Culpepper & Merriweather Circus

    Lions, tigers, and clowns, oh my! For 32 weeks of the year, the Culpepper & Merriweather circus brings a fun-filled 90-minute show to more than 200 towns in 17 different states. Complete with spectacular animals and mesmerizing acrobatics, this circus is just like the big top carnival of your childhood. And this month, the circus is coming to a town near you. Drive just north to Oroville in time for the tent raising at 9:30 and spend the day with the circus crew. You'll get to meet the animals up close and personal, get the low down on their routines and care and learn all sorts of things about how the circus crew runs the show. It's a jam-packed event with plenty to laugh at and render you speechless. Everyone in your family is sure to leave the tent recounting their favorite act and asking where to visit the circus next.

  • Wagons Ho!

    Wagons Ho!

    Round up your best pals and take a journey by horseback across the great Methow Valley. The Ride to Rendezvous is an annual horseback ride organized and led by the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association. Complete with teamsters and covered wagons, this four-day excursion, from May 6th-10th, includes campfire entertainment, three delicious meals a day, and educational opportunities for anyone interested in horses, camp cooking, packing, teamwork, and regional history. Day one will take you to the Methow Valley Rodeo Grounds and the last day you'll get to participate in the annual ‘49ers Celebration and Packer's Rendezvous in Winthrop.

    Bring your own horse and wagon if you have one, or rent a pair. Bring a tent and we'll teach you how to set it up. We're well stocked with food, supplies, and feed for the horses but don't delay. Call today to see if any seats remain in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

  • Learn About Okanogan County's Butterflies

    Learn About Okanogan County's Butterflies

    It's been a long winter in Okanogan County and nothing says spring like the sweet green shoots of budding flowers. But what's that flitting about? A butterfly?! That's right, it may come as a surprise that Okanogan County is host to 124 of the 155 butterfly species recorded in Washington State. And waiting for you, on April 5th, at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket is a presentation to teach you all about them. Your host for the evening will speak about some of the ecogeographical factors that contribute to the area's diversity, and she'll share the names of species you can easily spot as well as the names of the more reclusive varieties. You may also be surprised to learn how your own photographs and videos could contribute to important research. Dinner will be served at 5:15 for nine dollars. The free presentation begins at 6:30. Desserts by donation.

  • Taste the Rockwall Legacy

    Taste the Rockwall Legacy

    Drive to 110 Nichols Road in Omak and feel like family. Make a beeline straight for the tasting room counter and wait for owner Doug Sheets to greet you. Or make a pit stop halfway down the drive to scoop an antique treasure at Nana's Nook. Indeed, every piece of a visit to Rockwall Cellars means getting to know the family who created it. Doug and his wife Sandy experimented with various fruit wines back in the early 2000s, but grapes won out and their early Riesling won awards. Today, the passionate couple offers samples of 10 reds and eight whites, a pink Gewurztraminer and a port, all available in their inviting tasting room. Join the wine club for 'family' discounts if you plan a return visit. And check online for evening events and contact information. Doug advertises personal guided tours so call ahead to put your name on the calendar!

  • Alice in Wonderland at Omak PAC

    Alice in Wonderland at Omak PAC

    Omak Performing Arts Center (PAC) is Okanogan Valley's premier venue for student arts, community organizations, and touring professionals. Getting its start as a glorified school auditorium, the now state-of-the-art 526 seat arena owes its growth to the dedicated non-profit Omak PAC Foundation and generous funding from local citizens and organizations. Lucky for you, the venue introduces the month of February with stage magic, Alice in Wonderland. Be transported as performers take your imagination for a wild ride down the rabbit hole. Talented set designers will transform Omake PAC's spacious stage while AV crews delight your senses with lights and sounds straight out of Lewis Caroll's fairy tale. Like any Omak PAC production, this will be one to remember. If you won't be here February 2nd or 3rd, check the schedule for more events, like the musical mystery "Who Dunit?" on February 9th. Tickets are available online.

  • Spa Day at the Casino

    Spa Day at the Casino

    After a cold day spent on the slopes or ducking from shop to shop in downtown Omak, pamper yourself or your partner to a day at Renew Spa at 12 Tribes Casino. Their restful retreat offers all sorts of luxuries. A hot stone massage will relax those muscles after an invigorating day of skiing or hiking. Or treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, and aromatherapy massage. Enjoy a renewing facial by a professional esthetician or relish in the meditative and peaceful murmurs of soothing waters and jasmine-scented air. Enhance your natural beauty with paraffin treatments, exfoliation, herbal wraps, essential oils, and aromatherapy. Before or after your appointment, take advantage of the sauna or hot tub and soak in the new you. Spa staff will make it their mission to help your inner beauty shine in harmony with one of the most beautiful locations in North Central Washington.

  • Celebrate Christmas in Omak

    Celebrate Christmas in Omak

    The holidays are still the holidays no matter where you are, be it right in your own hometown or miles away in Omak. The city of Omak celebrates with a slew of seasonal festivities. On December 8th, Omak starts off the holiday season with ‘Christmas on Main.’ This festive family day kicks off with the Jingle Bell Jog starting in Eastside Park. The jog is then followed by a Christmas movie. This year’s movie is A Christmas Story which will be playing at the Omak Theater. The evening continues with visits from Santa and plenty of pictures. Then begins the twilight Christmas parade. Afterward, guests can enjoy bonfires, caroling and a fireworks show, coffee and cocoa, shopping, and chestnut and marshmallow roasting. Don’t miss out on the fun and fanfare! Celebrate Christmas in Omak with a celebration on Main.

  • Ski the Loup Loup Ski Bowl

    Enjoy the diverse terrain of the Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Whether you are a beginner, advanced, or Olympian-level skier, the Loup Loup Ski Bowl has got a lot to offer for every level of athlete. Located in Methow Valley of Okanogan County, Washington, and with more than 300 acres of Okanogan snow, the Loup Loup Ski Bowl maintains a fun and friendly atmosphere where visitors gather to enjoy the great outdoors from the end of November through January. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl is open four days a week and on the holidays. Hurry and snag your season pass before the winter, when prices go up, you won’t want to miss out on these slopes. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl is located between Twisp and Okanogan on Highway 20. The Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on promoting winter sports education. For more information about this ski season visit Loup Loup Ski Bowl's website.

  • Scare Up Some Fun at the Halloween Harvest Festival

    You might be away from home, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Halloween fun. On Saturday, October 27, at 3 P.M., you and your family are invited to join the good people of Omak at the annual Halloween Harvest Festival at Civic League Park. The many festival attractions include carnival games, a bouncy house, a pumpkin patch, kids’ craft tables, and much more. There will also be a pie-eating contest and a costume contest for the adults. Want to get the party started a little earlier in the afternoon? Sign up for the Zombie Fun Run, a 1-mile, kid-friendly race at Eastside Park. Registration opens at 2 P.M., and the race begins at 3 P.M. Prizes will be awarded for first-place child and first-place adult finishers.

  • Family Fun at Omak Valley Lanes

    If you’re looking for a fun and family-friendly atmosphere, you can’t beat an evening out bowling at Omak Valley Lanes. Conveniently located just a half mile from our hotel, Valley Lanes is a mom-and-pop establishment run by beloved community members Leon and Lynn Hover. Inside you’ll find sixteen lanes of bowling, plus an arcade packed with a wide variety of games to keep kids and teens occupied for hours. The delicious selection of burgers, chicken strips, fish and chips, and more will make you question whether you’re actually eating in a bowling alley, and of course, the adult beverages are perfectly prepared to help you relax as you aim for that strike. Open Monday through Thursday till 10 P.M., Friday and Saturday till midnight, and Sunday till 8 P.M., every day is a great day for fun at Omak Valley Lanes.

    Address: 740 Riverside Dr, Omak, WA 98841

  • Enjoying the Great Outdoors at Eastside Park

    One of the great appeals of Omak is all the opportunities it offers to get outside and enjoy the natural splendor of Washington State. Though there’s a variety of local parks to choose from, our favorite is Eastside Park. Located less than 10 minutes by car from our hotel, Eastside Park comprises nearly 77 acres of gorgeous greenery along the Okanogan River. The grounds include almost everything an active traveler could want: two basketball courts, four soccer fields, four tennis courts, seven baseball fields, extensive walking trails, and a city pool for those, especially hot summer days. Kids can enjoy a range of playground equipment, including slides, swings, and a carousel. You’ll also find a skate park, an RV Park, Veterans Memorial Garden, picnic shelters, cooking areas, and abundant space to park. With the superior service provided by Best Western, we know it might be tempting to spend your days inside, but be sure to take at least one trip down to Eastside Park, where you can rediscover the joy of the great outdoors.

    Address: Eastside Park, Omak, WA 98841

  • Rockwall Cellars, World-Class Wines in a Family-Friendly Setting

    One of Omak's great local treasures, Rockwall Cellars is a family-owned boutique winery and vineyard whose history stretches back to the 1920s. The vineyard was once the site of a thriving apple orchard, but when demand for the crispy fruit began to decline, the orchard was sold, and the new owners decided to try their luck raising grapes. Since then, Rockwall Cellars has developed a reputation for exquisite varietals and some of the friendliest service you could ever ask for. Stop by for Wine Down Wednesdays, which takes place every Wednesday evening from 7 to 9 P.M. Wines will be available for purchase by the bottle or the glass, and guests are encouraged to bring snacks or even a full meal to enjoy on the beautiful vineyard grounds (barbecues are on hand for folks who’d like to toss something on the grill).

    Address: 110 Nichols Rd, Omak, WA 98841

  • The Life of a Cowboy

    Have you ever dreamt of becoming a cowboy, rustling cattle, taming bucking broncos, galloping across pristine untouched lands? This Independence Day, you can get a taste of the cowboy life at the 4th of July Chesaw Rodeo, about an hour’s drive north of our hotel. This popular annual event attracts families from across Okanogan County for fun-filled games beginning at 10 A.M., followed by a parade at 12:30, then some high-energy rodeo antics. They’ll have calf roping, calf scramble, cow riding, bareback horse riding, cow milking, and, for the kiddos only, a raucous chicken scramble. And that’s just a small sample of the day’s events. Attend as a spectator, or sign up for an event to see if you have what it takes to make it in the wild, wild West at this novel and exhilarating Independence Day celebration.

    Located at the Chesaw Rodeo Grounds, Chesaw, WA 98844

  • One River, Many Voices: The Grand Coulee Dam Laser-Light Show

    As a major source of hydroelectric power in the Pacific Northwest, the Grand Coulee Dam is in itself a modern technological marvel. But what makes it truly exceptional, and well worth the scenic hour’s drive from our hotel, is the award-winning laser-light show that runs every night from Saturday, May 28, through Sunday, September 30. Entitled “One River, Many Voices,” this half-hour production utilizes state-of-the-art laser-light technology to project dazzling moving images thousands of feet tall onto the face of the dam. An aural narrative, broadcast in surround sound, accompanies the sublime visuals to deliver the compelling history of the river, the dam, and the Native Americans who once called the region their home. This free show runs every night at 10 P.M. from Memorial Day Weekend through July 31; at 9:30 P.M. from August 1 through August 31; and at 8:30 P.M. from September 1 through September 30.

    Address: Grand Coulee Visitor Center, WA-155, Coulee Dam, WA 99116

  • Okanogan County’s 8th Annual Vintage Faire

    Here in Omak, we have a strong affinity for historical authenticity and craftsmanship. That’s why we’re especially excited to announce the 8th annual Vintage Faire, to be held Saturday, April 28, from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds. This much-anticipated event will bring together 50 vendors of “vintage, antique, repurposed and handcrafted goods” from across the Pacific Northwest. Browse a wide array of merchandise, including jewelry, clothing, furniture, farm equipment, paintings, ceramics, baskets, leather goods, appliances, and much more. Got a family member who’s not into shopping? The mimosa and beer garden is a great place to lounge in the spring sun, and with catering by the Breadline Café, it’d be a shame not to work up an appetite. Remember, since there’s no ATM on the fairgrounds and some of the vendors are cash-only, it’s best to arrive with a few spending dollars in your pocket.

    Address: 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan, WA 98840

  • St. Patrick's Day Debauchery

    If you’re in Omak for St. Patrick’s Day this year, you’re in luck! The town has not one, but two events going on that will bring out the leprechaun’s mischief in you. It’s definitely the luck of the Irish that such a fun holiday should fall on a Saturday this year, so get out there and enjoy yourself.

    Start the fun at the P&D Pub in Orville. Enjoy cold beer and fish and chips from 5-9pm. A DJ will arrive at 9pm to provide music and keep the fun going. You could also make a pub crawl out of the evening by heading over to Pastime Brewery from 9pm to midnight. Enjoy live music, corned beef shepherd's pie, stout glazed corned beef and cabbage, and of course various libations. It’s sure to be a fun evening of debauchery and celebration. For information on these two events click here and here.

  • The Iconic Omak Film Festival

    Are you looking for a unique way to spend a February evening? A night at the movies is always a great time, but more than one night? Ummmm, yes please! If you’re looking for a fun way to check out some newer and older films you missed at the theater when they were first released, you’re in luck. Since 2004, the Mirage Theater has hosted the Omak Film Festival. Enjoy award-winning films with award-winning actors in the historic Mirage Theatre. At this year’s festival, enjoy films like Moonlight (the Oscar winner for Best Film 2017) or the classic romantic musical with the one and only Gene Kelly, Singing in the Rain--a must-see in the theater. Built in 1928 and ravaged by fire a year later, see the restored theater that seats around 500 patrons. Not only will you be supporting a local architectural gem, you’ll be supporting film. For tickets and more information click here.

  • Roll the Dice

    The new year is here and you’re ready to make it your year. Well, why not roll the dice, and check out 12 Tribes Resort Casino for a fun and exciting day out. Start your day relaxing at the Renew Spa. The spa offers a host of services ranging from massages, wraps, as well as manicures and pedicures. Work your way to the slots and table games and win big! There is a wide range of options in this 56,000 square foot space. Play blackjack, craps, or roulette. Heck! It’s your night out, play all three. Don’t forget to try the slot machines too. When you need a break from the games, head to Element 78 for a cocktail. You’ll relax and unwind with a range of drink options and big screen TVs. You can also check out Evolution and dance your heart out. After a full day of fun, check out the onsite restaurant Camas. 12 Tribes Resort and Casino is also giving away cash and a Jeep Compass during the month of January. For information and to make plans click here.  

    28968 US-97, Omak, WA 98841

  • Loup Loup Ski Bowl

    The stockings are hung; the lights are aglow; you dread the idea of shopping; why not hit the snow? Get the family and make a day of it at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl. Whether you’re new to skiing or an old pro, the Alpine mountain has trails for all experience levels. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl promises little to no wait time to get up the mountain and begin your snow-filled adventure. In addition to well-groomed trails, Loup Loup Ski Bowl offers rentals for your skiing needs and even provides lessons for those new to the sport or wanting a refresher on how to hit the hills. You can check out the Peanut Row Tow with your little ones then get a rush down the Exterminator Run. Not sure about skiing, then try tubing. For more information to plan your day trip, click here.

    97 FS 4200 100 Road, Okanogan, WA 98840

  • Ghost Town Adventure


    Looking for some adventure? Want to see some living history? Don’t miss the chance to explore the Wild West as it once was at Ruby Townsite. In its heyday, Ruby was known as the “Babylon of the West,” housing several general stores, saloons, and hotels. Put the kids in the car, take a quick drive through what was once Ruby’s main street, and imagine all those Wild West glory days.  Aside from enjoying theWild West from the comfort of your car, this is a great way to enjoy scenic mountain views, as the town is nestled in a beautiful valley. 

    Salmon Creek Road, Okanogan, WA

  • Fall Fun and Halloween Spook

    Away on vacation during Halloween? Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with Omak’s Halloween Harvest Festival. The Annual Halloween Harvest Festival is Omak’s way of bringing a little fall fun and Halloween spook to the community. Gather the little ones and dress up in your favorites costumes before heading over to Omak’s Civic League Park on October 28th. The festival will include children's craft tables, a pumpkin patch, s'mores, a kiddie-carnival, a bounce house, and so much more! There will be a costume contest and pie eating contest for the adults, so be sure to wear your most creative costume. What more could you ask for? A celebration away from home that has a little something for everyone in the family. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate the fall with Omak’s free Halloween Harvest Festival! 

    Halloween Harvest Festival, 30 Ash St S, Omak, WA 98841

  • An Intimate Little Alley

    Get up and get the ball rolling at Valley Lanes in Omak, WA. Wether you’re an experienced bowler or looking for an experience, this small town staple is for you. Valley Lanes has some of the best bowlers in the state, but Leon and Lynn Hover do an amazing job at making everyone feel at home. 16 lanes of bowling, burgers that make you ask, “Are you sure this is a bowling alley?”, and alcoholic beverages are severed in between strikes. There's also an arcade to keep the little ones occupied and a cozy atmosphere for unwinding after a long trip. Wether you are vacationing with your family or flying solo for the evening, the intimacy of Valley Lanes is sure to keep you comfortable and you may even walk away with a local you can call friend. Valley Lanes is not the place you want to count out during your trip to Omak, WA.

  • Back to the Simple Things

    It’s easy to forget the simple things while on vacation. Get out in nature and spend a day at one of Omak’s local parks. Eastside Park, located near the Okanogan River, boasts a public swimming pool, 7 baseball fields, 4 soccer fields, 4 tennis courts, 2 basketball courts, a merry-go-round, 2 picnic shelters and cooking areas, restroom facilities, a walking trail, and lots more. Eastside is also home to the Stampede Arena which holds concerts and rodeos. It’s safe to say Eastside takes parks to a new level. The well-maintained, fully loaded park can serve as a place to go for an interactive day of actives, or your morning workout while on vacation. Whichever you choose, Eastside is the perfect place to spend an afternoon during your next visit to Omak, Washington.

    Eastside Park, Omak, WA 98841, (509) 826-1170

  • Wine up to Wind Down

    When taking a trip, for most of us the first question we ask after getting settled in is, “Where’s the wine?”  Whether you had a long trip, a hectic trip, or you’re simply looking to wind down and start a relaxing vacation Rockwall Cellars in Omak, Washington has got you covered.  Enjoy amazingly beautiful landscaped grounds, and fine handcrafted wines at Omak’s very own, family owned boutique winery. Rockwall Cellars sits on land that was once an apple farm in the 1920’s. The apple orchards were sold due to the slowing apple business and nearly a century later the family began planting a new crop in the soil---GRAPES! Stop by for their weekly “Wine Down Wednesdays” enjoy drinks, meet new people, and bring some food to throw on the grill. Rockwall Cellars is a charming gem and a quick 2 mile drive for travelers staying at the Best Western Plus Omak. 

    Rockwall Cellars, 110 Nichols Rd., Omak 98841

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