"The Smaller Twin of the (Washington) Twin Cities" Chehalis by glabah
Chehalis Travel Guide: 21 reviews and 49 photos
Chehalis and Centralia have been called "Twin Cities" for quite some years, and the name has stuck well enough that the transit system that serves the two cities is called "Twin Transit".
However, the reality is that Centralia has a more dense downtown while Chehalis is far more spread out, especially along Interstate 5.
However, Chehalis also has a bit more for the tourist to do (Centralia primarily has as its main attraction the large factory outlet mall complexes but few get beyond those). Chehalis has several museums, is the actual current end of the Willapa Hills Trail, and has a set of signs directing visitors to the various things to do.
The core of downtown Chehalis has a number of older storefronts, which include a sports bar, a number of small businesses. While the through streets are busy, much of the through traffic is routed around Chehalis so that the downtown area is a bit more pleasant than downtown Centralia.
At the same time, the limited through traffic means that Chehalis businesses have difficulty surviving.
- Pros:Small Town with A Few Attractive Historic Structures. Most busy roads bypass downtown so easier to walk around town than in Centralia. Several museums and a tourist railroad.
- Cons:Most stores have moved to the suburban areas nearby, so that there isn't much going on in the downtown core. Intercity transit access for most people will require taking a bus from the Amtrak or Greyhound stops in Centralia.
- In a nutshell:Not too bad a place if you are into the things that are here.
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