The Palouse is a region that covers parts of southeastern Washington and north-central Idaho, with some definitions also including parts of northeastern Oregon.
This page only covers the Washington portion of the Palouse region. For pages that cover other parts of the Palouse, see North Central Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
- — largest city in eastern Washington, second largest in the state and third-largest in the Pacific Northwest Region; county seat of Spokane County and home to Gonzaga University and Whitworth University
- a separate suburban city city east of Spokane.
- — home of Eastern Washington University
- — largest city in Whitman County and home of Washington State University
- - Since time immemorial, the Nimiipuu or Nez Perce have lived among the rivers, canyons and prairies of the inland northwest
- — Once thriving, now a ghost town. It was built by the McGregor Company based on the sheep-raising industry. In Whitman County, on the Palouse River just south of Highway 26, between Washtucna and Pampa.
For our purposes, the Palouse consists of Spokane, Whitman, Columbia, Garfield, and Asotin counties. Portions of adjacent North Central Idaho are often included in the broader region.
Spokane International Airport, located in the region, offers air service to some cities in the western US: see the Spokane article for details. Other airports with commercial air service near this region include Walla Walla, Pasco and Pullman. The nearest major international airports are Seattle-Tacoma International Airport or Portland International Airport, but they are 5-6 hours away by car. A connecting flight is recommended.
By trainAmtrak's Empire Builder stops at Spokane: this is the only train service to this region.
By carMajor east-west routes through this region arre I-90 through Spokane and US-12 through the southern areas. US-195 is a major north-south route.
- The Snake River Canyon carries the Snake River through the Palouse from Lewiston, Idaho, through an arc northwest then southwest, and finally empties it into the Columbia River at Burbank, near Pasco. The most popular site is just SW of Pullman near Lower Granite Dam. However, you cannot follow the river by car any further downstream. Due to the extensive backtracking that would be required, most people are only able to view one section of the canyon per road trip.
phone: +1-509 465-5064address: N Riverside Park Dr. (via Nine Mile Rd. - WA Hwy 291), Nine Mile Falls, WATelling the story of the oldest house in Washington state, and the Spokane Indians who lived here.
Palouse Falls State ParkBy far, the largest waterfall east of the Cascade Mountains in Washington.
Spokane Plains Battlefield Monumentaddress: Four Lakes, WAMarks the site of a battle on Sept 1, 1858 where the US military decisively defeated a confederation of the Spokanes, Couer d’Alenes, Yakamas, Palouses, and other tribes.
phone: +1 509 337-6457address: S. Summit Loop, Rosalia, WAA small 4-acre site with a monolith, marking where on May 17, 1858 a small US Army detachment was defeated by a larger force of Spokane, Palouse and Coeur D'Alene Native Americans.
phone: +1-509-243-4659address: 215 Filmore Street, AsotinExhibits about the county's history, including examples of various kinds of buildings, such as a schoolhouse and Nez Perce tepee.
CoffeeCoffee is hugely popular all across the Pacific Northwest including the Palouse area. Look for small road side espresso stands even in small towns.
BeerLike the rest of Washington State, microbreweries and beer in general is hugely popular, and the area has many to offer for beer enthusiasts. Some brews can only be found in local stores or bars (some notable brewers don't even bottle their product). Ask your servers for local beer recommendations and search out regional microbrews in stores.
- Walla Walla Often thought of as part of the Palouse region. However, the western boundary of the county is on the Columbia River.
phone: +1-509-522-6357The 1847 Whitman "Massacre" horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards.