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.
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 thought as the commercial district for the Tri-Cities region; even though, the official address for many major commercial addresses are in Richland. 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.
Tri-Cities Airport is located 2 miles northwest of Pasco and is the third largest commercial airport in the state of Washington. It operates flights daily to and from Seattle, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver and Minneapolis/St.Paul.
Amtrak. The Tri-Cities region is listed as being a part of Amtrak's  Empire 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.
Greyhound service is also available at the Tri-Cities airport with limited service bus stops.
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.
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 .
Ben Franklin Transit  operates buses around the Tri-Cities and Prosser areas.
The city of Kennewick is very spread out, with poor public transit, so using a car is the best method to get around town. The roads are very wide with wide lanes, and are easy to navigate. This is facilitated by most intersections having dedicated left turn lanes; however, beware of turning left when signals indicate you to yield, as many cars drive above the speed limit. Also be cautious around large intersections as many drivers run red lights.
Main arterial streets generally have a speed limit of 35 mph and residential streets are 25 mph. On residential streets locals will often drive 40+ mph; be aware of them to illegally pass or tailgate in these areas. Also note the police like to stake out areas at bottoms of hills and main residential streets.
For inter-city travel, WA-240 is the main road between Kennewick and Richland. US-395 is the main road between Kennewick and Pasco. These highways are rarely congested and travel about 5 mph over the speed limit except near bridges, where people tend to drive 10-15 mph under the limit. Also expect rude drivers all around and police near major interchanges.
A-1 Tri-Cities Taxi provides personalized service throughout the Tri-Cities area for affordable rates and operate 24/7.
Kennewick is nearby over a hundred wineries which offer wine tasting and tours.
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.
If you choose to experience swimming and boating on the rivers during summer months be aware the water temperatures tend to be around 70 °F or less. Even though it may be hot outside, hypothermia can still happen, so make sure to limit extended times in the water and pay attention to children and the elderly while swimming.
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.