Top 8 Things to do in Yelm, United States

March 15, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Yelm /jɛlm/ is a city in Thurston County, Washington, US. Its population was 6,848 at the 2010 census. It ranked 10th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in Washington for population growth from 2000–2010.
Restaurants in Yelm

1. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98516-2302 +1 360-753-9467
Excellent
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4.5 based on 488 reviews

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Located on the Nisqually River Delta in Southern Puget Sound, this refuge consists of three thousand acres of salt and freshwater marshes, grasslands and mixed forest habitats that provide a resting and nesting area for a wide variety of migratory birds.

Reviewed By KendianaJones - Burien, WA

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge has an interesting history. For decades, a hand-dug dike kept the salt water out, allowing for large-scale farming on this land. Only recently was the dike removed and an elevated boardwalk installed. Read about the history at the Visitor’s Center.

There is a loop path from the Visitor’s Center that traverses wetlands and riparian forest. Including a couple of side trails to short viewpoints, the loop is about 1.5 miles. Near the far end of the loop are two historical barns from the farming era, and just beyond that is an elevated walkway that looks like a dike. You can follow it a half mile to the beginning of the elevated boardwalk, which extends another 1.1 miles over tidal flats to its end at Nisqually Reach. (A “reach” is where a river widens; in this case it is where the Nisqually River, originating from the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier, empties into Puget Sound.) The entire area is fantastic for birding. You can do the loop and the entire boardwalk in less than five miles.

Tip: Check the tides for Nisqually Reach before you go. The area of the walkway can be underwater, or mostly dry, depending on the tide.

2. Lake Quinault

Olympic Peninsula, Quinault, WA
Excellent
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Lake Quinault

Reviewed By DoloresJacoby - West Palm Beach, Florida

It's enjoyable to do the loop that drives around the entire lake from north shore to south shore and make stops along the way. One can see ancient and gigantic trees of Sitka spruce and cedar, rainforest, waterfalls, elk herds and beautiful glimpses of the lake. There are a couple of hotels and lodges to visit as well. Enjoy the drive, it's worth it.

3. Yelm Prairie Lanes

202 E Yelm Ave, Yelm, WA 98597-7662 +1 360-458-2695
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Yelm Prairie Lanes

Prairie lanes offers our community and surrounding communities with a comfortable, affordable, exciting environment! Everything from open bowl, sanctioned leagues and short fun prize leagues...fundraisers, reunions, parties for any occasion. We have a diverse menu and a full service bar! Come in-- let us be your first choice for family outings, date night and just good old fashioned fun!!

Reviewed By Country_Lane_Photos - Yelm, Washington

The family had a blast. It is a small town favorite!! It is comparable to the big city alleys just shrunk down. Clean and friendly!!

4. White Horse Tavern

107 E Yelm Ave, Yelm, WA 98597-6602 +1 360-458-4555
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5 based on 2 reviews

White Horse Tavern

Reviewed By Destiny C - McKenna, Washington

This is a great little dive bar that has so much to offer..Right on the main drag of Yelm makes it easy to find. During the day its a quite peaceful atmosphere with good local folks, the bartender is a sweetie, and there are lots of craft brews and a great selection of booze to choose from. On weeknights there is something to do every week, Monday night is steak night , Tuesday is all about those tacos and bingo, more often then not there is some awesome and sometimes unique event happening on Wednesdays or Thursdays.. whether its beer pong, goldfish racing or even vibrator races (yes you read that right) your sure to find it here...The charity events are my favorite..no event ever feels like the same old same old...But the nights that still blow my mind are Fridays and Saturdays.. thats when the lights turn down, the DJ turns up the music and the bar becomes nothing short of a full on downtown club...The bartenders are fast and hot, the crowd is full of energy and woo hoo, you should see the girls dance! No matter what you like, from shooting pool to watching the Hawks with pals, this place has it all.. Don't let one experience here be the deciding factor for you...come find your night...its worth it.

5. Twisted Waters Guide Service

15905 Lindsay Rd SE, Yelm, WA 98597-9190 +1 253-468-0610
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5 based on 1 reviews

Twisted Waters Guide Service

Reviewed By Erin H - Kansas City, Kansas

My father recently came into town from Kansas and wanted to go fishing. My husband and I had heard about Twisted Waters from a friend and thought we would check them out. I looked up different guide services and this was by far the cheapest. Most times you get what you pay for, but not here! I don't think I will ever stop hearing about this trip! Marc was very knowledgeable about the river, and although they started slow, my father and husband came home with 3 steelhead trout that were HUGE! He had everything set up and made sure that both my father (experienced fisherman) and my husband (not so much) were comfortable. I would be willing to pay much more for service like this!

6. Salida Wine Bar

122 Prairie Park Rd., Yelm, WA 98597 +1 360-400-4040

The Salida Wine Bar is a fun and casual hang-out with a friendly staff and a feeling of relaxed comfort. The wines are all products of Salida Wine produced from prominent grapes with origins in Spain and grown in Washington State's Yakima Valley. Open Thur 5-9pm, Fri&Sat 4-9pm and Sun 2-5 pm. Available for special events and parties.

7. Nisqually Red Wind Casino

12819 Yelm Hwy SE, Olympia, WA 98513-9111 +1 253-961-3332
Excellent
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3.5 based on 217 reviews

Nisqually Red Wind Casino

Red Wind Casino specializes in gaming, dining and entertainment in the greater Olympia area. We're now Redder Than Ever. Clean Air: We've added more than 42,000 sq. feet of smoke-free gaming and dining. Check out our smoke-free slots, bar and all new Medicine Creek Deli! New, Updated and Renovated Restaurants: In addition to remodeling the Blue Camas Buffet, the Medicine Creek Deli and the Squalli-Absch Grille, we've also opened a brand new fine dining seafood restaurant named std tulcak which means "food from the water" in the Lushootseed language. More than 1,400 Slots: We now offer the latest releases while still maintaining your timeless favorites in both our smoke-free gaming area and our main casino floor. We also offer a full array of table games including craps, roulette, blackjack, Pai Gow, three card poker along with Keno and Speed Keno. Nisqually Red Wind Casino opened its doors in May of 1997.

Reviewed By jrjojola - Olympia, Washington

I took my wife there to try out the Seafood Restaurant shortly after they opened. We had "Great Service"! Our waiter was Josh, and he made sure we were taken care of! I had the Filet Steak, and my wife had the Blackened Salmon, both...MoreThank you for sharing such a positive review of our Seafood Restaurant. We are so happy to hear that you received such great guest service that we strive for and were able to enjoy your meals with us. We hope you come back soon.

8. Emmons Vista Overlook

Sunrise Visitor Center, Southside of parking lot, Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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5 based on 9 reviews

Emmons Vista Overlook

Reviewed By Steve1362 - Avon, Ohio

Actually there are two overlooks a short distance down the Emmons Vista/Sunrise Rim Trail that offer excellent views of the Emmons Glacier which, at 4.3 square miles (11 sq km), is the largest glacier in the lower 48 states. The trailhead is at the end of Sunrise Park Road on the south side of the Sunrise Visitor Center parking lot. The first overlook is a very short distance down the trail at the pavilion with interpretive signage. While the view from the first overlook is quite good, I would highly recommend continuing the short distance further down the trail to the pavilion for the second overlook which provides a spectacular view of the glacier and the Mount Rainier.

If one has the time, hiking the additional 0.9 miles (1.4k) to end of the easy trail that runs nearly level just below a ridgeline on the south side, rewards one with wildflowers in the summer and great views of the White River about 2,000 feet (610m) below on the way out and additional amazing views of Mount Rainier and glaciers after turning around at the end and retuning the 1.1 miles (1.8k) to the Sunrise Visitor Center parking lot.

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