Columbia River Plateau
The Columbia River Plateau is a region of Washington bordered by the Columbia River.
The "Tri-Cities Area" consists of Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco, set at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers.
Interstate 82 follows the Yakima river. Interstate 182 crosses Columbia River. Interstate 84 follows the Columbia River to the south. Farmland consists of grapes, wheat, apples, and many other crops. The Rattlesnake Hills are to the south of the valley. Residents commonly use Highway 240, which is adjacent to the Columbia River, to quickly travel between Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco.
South of the Rattlesnake hills is the Columbia River Gorge on the border with Oregon.
- (county seat of Adams County)
Tri-Cities Area, Franklin County and Benton County
- the "Tri-Cities Area": Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco (county seat of Franklin County)
- , near Pasco
- (county seat of Benton County)
- (county seat of Douglas County),
- - county seat of Grant County
- - largest city in the county
- - halfway betweeen Wenatchee and Moses Lake
- - home of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River
- - on the south end of Banks Lake, near Dry Falls
- - a small town known for its healing mineral water springs
- (county seat of Klickitat County)
- (county seat of Lincoln County)
Walla Walla County
- (county seat of Walla Walla County)
- , neighboring Walla Walla
- The small towns of Wallula and Waitsburg
- , near Pasco
- (county seat of Yakima County)
- Nearby Union Gap and Selah
- The Yakima Valley towns of Grandview, Granger, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wapato, Zillah
phone: +1 509 522-6360address: (Visitors Center) 328 Whitman Mission Rd, Walla Walla, WA 99362The 1847 Whitman "Massacre" horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. See under Walla Walla#Go next..
phone: +1 509 664-6380address: 1 S Daroga Park Rd.Daroga State Park is a 90-acre camping park with 1.5 miles of Columbia River shoreline on the elevated edge of the desert "scablands." The park features camping activities and water-sport access in a unique and beautiful outdoor environment. Lots of sunshine combine with water activities to make this desert park a delight to visitors. Nationally recognized Desert Canyon Golf Course is just two miles away.
- Norman A. Welch Memorial Speedway, in Connell
- Palouse Falls State Park, 23 miles southeast of Washtucna
phone: +1 509 682-6262address: 754 Silica Road N.W.A 20,000 seat outdoor concert venue, located just off I-90, in the charmingly-named tiny town of "George, Washington". Beautiful sunsets.
- Rock climbing at Frenchman Coulee.
phone: +1-503 695-2372The Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountains in this gorge, many km long. The Multnomah Falls are a particular attraction.
phone: +1 509 773-3141address: 79 Highway 14, Dallesport WA 99617A day-use park on the Columbia River, a great location for windsurfing. Between Murdock and Lyle.
phone: +1 509 767-1159address: 85 Highway 14, Dallesport WA 99617A park on the Columbia River's north bank, under Horsethief Butte. A short ways north-east of The Dalles, Oregon. Previously known as Horsethief Falls State Park.
phone: +1-509 337-6623address: Waitsburg County Fairgrounds on East 10th St Waitsburg WA 99361
Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State ParkAt the foot of Dry "Falls. Offers camping and lakefront shoreline. During the last ice age, Dry Falls occasionally carried more water by volume than all the rivers of the world combined (known as the Missoula Flood).
- Climb Steamboat Rock, and hike in Northrup Canyon.
By planeSeattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport have international flights and domestic flights with most major airlines. Both are about 2-3 hours from this region by car. There are two smaller airports in this region also have commercial air service (although limited): Yakima Airport and Pasco Airport.
From Seattle: Take I-90 east to I-82, which leads into the heart of this region.
From Portland: Take I-84 east, then either take US-97 north (to Yakima and Topennish) or I-82 west to the Tri-Cities
From Boise and beyond: Take I-84 west to I-82 west.
From Spokane and beyond: Take I-90 west. If going to the Tri-Cities, take US-395 south and if going to Yakima take I-82 east at Ellensburg.
Amtrak's Empire Builder stops in Pasco (on the Portland branch) and Ephrata (on the Seattle branch).
phone: +1 509 546-8300address: (Administration office) 64 Maple St, Burbank WA 99323a 14,000-acre wildlife refuge straddling the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. The main refuge entrance, located on the McCormack Unit, is located 10 miles (16km) south of I-84 at the end of Paterson Ferry Road. Parking is allowed in designated parking areas only. The Boardman Unit can be accessed from the Tower Road Exit (Exit 158) off of I-84. The Whitcomb Island, Ridge and Paterson Units can all be accessed from Washington State Highway 14. Please access the refuge only from designated public access areas.
Crown Point Overlook State ParkThe best spot for viewing the Grand Coulee Dam.
- Tour the massive remediation projects and the historic B Reactor on the Hanford Site, formerly home to one of the United States' largest nuclear weapons production facilities.