Kennewick, is a city located in Benton county along the Columbia River Plateau region of Washington State. Along with the cities of Pasco and Richland, Kennewick is known for being the largest and most populous city within the area known as the "Tri-Cities" of Washington. The "Tri-Cities" area is the fourth most populous metropolitan area within Washington State; behind Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.
The Cable Bridge extending across the Columbia River and connecting Kennewick to Pasco.
Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region draws a great deal of their cultural influence from having a past that was heavily enriched by the Cold War. In nearby Richland, the Hanford Nuclear Site is the home to many historical landmarks, as well as the world's first full scale nuclear reactor. The atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 contained Hanford produced plutonium. Today, the nuclear site has changed its mission from plutonium enrichment to environmental clean up and restoration.
In modern times, agriculture has been a major factor in the area's economy. Wheat is the most widely grown crop in the region, as well as fruit such as apples, cherries, and grapes (the region is home to more than 160 wineries). This is due mainly to the high quality of the region's soil and the ease of irrigation made possible by three nearby rivers (Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers).
Kennewick is the commercial district for the Tri-Cities region. Residents from central and southeastern Washington state, as well as from northeastern Oregon, visit the city for its shopping resources and entertainment venues. It is also home to several parks, including Columbia Park, which is a 400 acre recreational area with nearly 5 miles of Columbia River shoreline.
The wine industry is prevalent in the Kennewick and Tri-Cities region, with over 160 wineries within an hour's drive. Due to the region's climate of long, warm summer days (an average of 300 days of sunshine per year), and crisp cool nights; combined with rich volcanic soils and controlled irrigation, make it a nearly perfect location to grow premium grapes. A wide variety are grown throughout the region including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir and others.
There has been significant population growth in Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region over the last decade as the region also harbors a large technological industry. A major employer of many residents in Kennewick is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's major national laboratories. In the past, Forbes has named Kennewick the #2 area in the country for job growth.
More recently, Kiplinger has rated the Tri-Cities region as one of the top 10 places to live and raise a family. CNN/Money has ranked the Tri-Cities region as one of the top 10 best bets for gains in housing value, due to its relatively stable economic conditions since the early 2000s.
Amtrak. The Tri-Cities region is listed as being a part of Amtrak'sEmpire Builder route, with its station being located in Pasco. The Empire Builder connects with Amtrak's Coast Starlight in Seattle and Portland and with many other trains in Chicago. The Amtrak intermodal station, which is shared with Greyhound buses, is a new facility located downtown, close to major hotels and attractions.
Highway 395 is one of Kennewick's busiest roads, running right through the center of the city north and south. Oregonians can easily travel to Kennewick, as it is less than an hour's drive from the Washington-Oregon border.
From Spokane: Take I-90/US 395 West to Ritzville. At Ritzville, US-395 continues South from I-90, stay on US-395 until you get to Kennewick.
From Seattle and Tacoma: Take I-90 across the Cascade Mountains until I-82 in Ellensburg. Just past Ellensburg, take I-82 South (signed as East) until you reach either Badger Rd. or US-395.
From Walla Walla: Take US-12 into Pasco. In Pasco, US-12 is also I-182, exit at US-395 South (Exit 12A) and cross the Columbia River.
From Oregon: Take I-82 across the OR/WA border. After about 20 miles, exit off of I-82 onto US-395.
For information pertaining to the driving conditions around Kennewick and in the greater Tri-Cities region, check the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website .
Classic Island Casino features gaming, dining and Club Wet (a night club). Cover charge for the night club is $7. 8524 W Gage Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336. Phone: (509) 374-3289.
Jack Didley's Night Club is a comedy club, restaurant and bar featuring performances by reputable comedians from around the nation. Aside from comedy shows, the venue also hosts many other events such as parties and dancing. 109 W. Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99336. Phone: (509) 585-5665
The Playpen is a night club featuring dance and music. 213 W Kennewick Ave, Kennewick, WA. Phone: (509) 585-1937.
Ray's Golden Lion is a music venue and restaurant located in the nearby city of Richland. Live music every Friday and Saturday night, usually performances are by local and regional acts. 1353 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354. Phone: (509) 946-0606
The Rock Reactor is a nightclub and restaurant featuring live music from local, regional and low key national bands. It features a 300 square foot stage and main floor with two bars and seating in the restaurant. 117 W Kennewick Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99336. Phone: (509) 619-0929
Tri-Cities Toyota Center is a multi-purpose arena which has an approximate seating capacity of 7,715 event goers. It hosts nationally renowned shows such as Riverdance and Cats, as well as performances from acclaimed musicians ranging from B.B. King to Slipknot. Tickets for events are available through Ticketmaster . 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336.
The Chamna Natural Preserve is a new parkland near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. It offers hiking through a multitude of habitats ranging from grasslands to riparian wooded areas.
The Sacagawea Heritage Trail is a recreational and educational trail along twenty-three miles of beautiful Columbia River shoreline in Tri-Cities, Washington. It is a bi-modal trail and all trail amenities enable all outdoor enthusiasts to experience an environmentally sound and unique shrub-steppe habitat.
Twin Sisters Rock consists of two basalt pillars that extend from the cliffs along Wallula Gap, overlooking the Columbia River.
Kennewick is nearby over a hundred wineries which offer wine tasting and tours.
Anelare Winery is a private and limited bottling winery that offers premium wines to club members and selected varietals to the public. It is open to the public for tasting or you may reserve private tasting rooms for personal or business functions.
AVA Wine Rooms offers a wide selection of local wines by the glass or the bottle, as well as some local brews.
Canyon's Edge Winery is open daily and offer informative wine tasting and purchase of wine by the glass, bottle or case.
Pacific Rim Winery specializes in Rieslings. It is in West Richland.
Thomas O'Neil Cellars is a relatively new winery that will be open for business in the spring of 2011. It is in Richland.
Atomic Ale Brew Pub is a microbrewery and eatery featuring such locally famous brews as Half-Life Hefeweizen, Atomic Amber and Plutonium Porter. The eatery features gourmet wood-fired pizzas. 1015 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA. Phone: (509) 946-5465
Best Western Kennewick, 4001 W 27th Avenue, ☎ +1 509 586-1332 (fax: +1 509 586-0263), . edit
Comfort Inn Kennewick, 7801 W. Quinault Avenue, ☎ +1 509 783-8396 (fax: +1 509 736-6844), . edit
Fairfield Inn Kennewick, 7809 West Quinault Avenue, ☎ +1 509 783-2164 (fax: +1 509 783-9040), . edit
La Quinta Inn & Suites Kennewick, 2600 South Quillan Pl, ☎ +1 509 736-3656 (fax: +1 509 736-3676), . edit
Quality Inn, 7901 West Quinault Avenue Kennewick, Washington 99337 (From HWY 240: Take Columbia Center Blvd exit. Turn right on to W Quinault Ave.), ☎ 509-735-6100, . checkin: 3:00PM; checkout: 12:00PM. edit
Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center, N. 1101 Columbia Center Blvd., ☎ +1 509 783-0611 (fax: +1 509 735-3087), . edit
During the summer months, the temperature in Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region often exceeds 100 °F. If you plan on being outside for long periods of time, be sure to drink plenty of WATER and limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region are very safe areas for travelers. Hispanic gangs have begun showing up in the Tri-Cities, with Kennewick seeing the most gang activity of all three cities.
"Surenos 13" and "Norentos 14" are the two most prevalent gangs in the city. Both are Hispanic, and have intense rivalry with each other dating back to the 1960's in southern California.
The Kennewick Police Department recently relaunched their gang-prevention program in late 2012, and gang activity has declined since. Still, gang violence and crime is an existing problem in Kennewick. The risk of danger is very, very small, but always use your best judgement.
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