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Columbia River Plateau

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The Columbia River Plateau is a region of Washington.

Regions

The "Tri-Cities Area" consists of Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco, set at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia river.

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Other destinations

  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site[2] - The 1847 Whitman "Massacre" horrified Americans and impacted the lives of the peoples of the Columbia Plateau for decades afterwards. See under Walla Walla#Get out.
  • Daroga State Park[3], on Lake Ential, 6 miles north of Orondo
  • Norman A. Welch Memorial Speedway, in Connell
  • Palouse Falls State Park[4], 23 miles southeast of Washtucna
  • The Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., +1-206.628.0888, [5]. 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
  • Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, (Located off Interstate 84 or on the Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon Highway 30), +1-(503) 695-2372, [6]. The Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountains in this gorge, many km long. The Multnomah Falls are a particular attraction.
  • Doug's Beach State Park, (On SR 14 about 5 km (3 miles) east of Lyle), [7]. 06:30h to dusk (summer), 08:00h to dusk (winter), open year-round. A day-use park on the Columbia River, a great location for windsurfing. Between Murdock and Lyle.
  • Columbia Hills State Park, (On State Route 14 at milepost 85, 9 miles west of Wishram), [8]. 06:30 h to dusk, April 1 - October 31. A 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.
  • Waitsburg Horse Race Track, East 10th Street, +1-(509) 337-6623. , in Waitsburg

Understand

The Columbia River Plateau region consists of Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Lincoln, Walla Walla, and Yakima Counties.

Talk

The official language is English.

Get in

By air

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International airport have international flights and are about 2-3 hours from this region by car. Two airports in this region have comercial air service (although limited): Yakima Airport and Pasco Airport.

By car

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.

By train

Amtrak's Empire Builder stops in Pasco (Portland branch)

Get around

See

  • Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge[9], a 14,000-acre wildlife refuge straddling the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. Entry points are in Irrigon, Oregon, and off Highway 14 in Washington
  • US Dept of Energy Hanford Site Test Facility[10]. One of the major nuclear weapons production sites in the United States Tours happen six times a year and depart from Richland.
  • Crown Point Overlook State Park, (From state route 155 in Grand Coulee, take the turnoff to Bridgeport (state Route 174), drive two miles north, look for a sign 'Crown Point Vista'). The best spot for viewing the Grand Coulee Dam.

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