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Kennewick [8], 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 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.

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

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.

By train[edit]

Amtrak. The Tri-Cities region is listed as being a part of Amtrak's [9] 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.

By bus[edit]

The Tri-Cities region is served by Greyhound [10] with the transit center being located in the city of Pasco. Everett Bus Center, 535 N 1st Avenue, Pasco, WA 99301.

  • Main: (509) 547-3151
  • Baggage: (509) 547-8382
  • Greyhound Package Express: (509) 547-8382

Greyhound service is also available at the Tri-Cities airport with limited service bus stops.

By car[edit]

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 East until you reach either Badger Rd (for Kennewick), US-395 (for Kennewick or Pasco), or I-182 (to reach all of Tri-Cities).
  • 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 [11].

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Ben Franklin Transit [12] operates buses around the Tri-Cities and Prosser areas.

By car[edit]

Car rentals are available through Avis [13], Enterprise[14], Hertz [15], and Orbitz [16] at the Tri-Cities air terminal.

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.

By taxi[edit]

A-1 Tri-Cities Taxi provides personalized service throughout the Tri-Cities area for affordable rates and operate 24/7.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Benton County Fairgrounds[17] and Sundowns Horse Race Track
  • East Benton County Historical Museum[18]. Not to be confused with Benton County Historical Museum in Prosser.
  • Highlands Grange Demonstration Garden[19]
  • Three Rivers Convention Center[20], previous known as Tri-Cities Convention Center
  • Audubon Nature Trail in Columbia Park along the Columbia River
  • Mid-Columbia Library Kennewick Branch, at 1620 S Union St has a large park with a well kept flower garden.

Do[edit][add listing]


  • Classic Island Casino [21] 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.
  • 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[22] 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 [23] 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 [24]. 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.
  • Badger Mountain Trails is a set of 5 trails with 2 different trailheads, located in the nearby town of Richland. This is very popular, especially on early summer mornings and spring days. Bring water as it is mostly uphill. One trailhead is located at 5214 Dallas Rd in nearby Richland. This location caters to hikers and mountain bikers. A second trailhead is 525 Queensgate Dr in Richland, this is hiker-only. A volunteer organization maintains these trails.

Wine Tasting[edit]

Kennewick is nearby over a hundred wineries which offer wine tasting and tours.

  • Anelare Winery [25] 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 [26] offers a wide selection of local wines by the glass or the bottle, as well as some local brews.
  • Canyon's Edge Winery [27] is open daily and offer informative wine tasting and purchase of wine by the glass, bottle or case.
  • Pacific Rim Winery [28] specializes in Rieslings. It is in West Richland.
  • Thomas O'Neil Cellars[29] is a relatively new winery that will be open for business in the spring of 2011. It is in Richland.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Country Gentleman, 9221 W Clearwater Ave #A, +1 509 783-0128.  edit
  • The Spaghetti Establishment, 2107 W 4th Ave, +1 509 586-6622.  edit
  • Dutch Brothers Coffee, 4305 W. Clearwater AVe, (509) 7832414. Wonderful double chocolate mochas  edit
  • Lapice Spice Kitchen, 127 Gage Blvd, (509) 491-3512. One of the first and best of fine dining in the Tri-Cities. Try for brunch for an amazing, yet affordable options on the weekends. Dinners are a little more expensive; however, offer the best food in the entire Tri-Cities.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]


  • Atomic Ale Brew Pub [30] 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
  • Ice Harbor Brewery [31] - 206 North Benton Street. Kennewick. WA. Phone: (509) 582-5340

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western Kennewick, 4001 W 27th Avenue, +1 509 586-1332 (fax: +1 509 586-0263), [1].  edit
  • Comfort Inn Kennewick, 7801 W. Quinault Avenue, +1 509 783-8396 (fax: +1 509 736-6844), [2].  edit
  • Fairfield Inn Kennewick, 7809 West Quinault Avenue, +1 509 783-2164 (fax: +1 509 783-9040), [3].  edit
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Kennewick, 2600 South Quillan Pl, +1 509 736-3656 (fax: +1 509 736-3676), [4].  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, [5]. 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), [6].  edit
  • Wright's Desert Gold Motel, 611 Columbia Park Trail, (509) 627-1000 (fax: (509) 627-3467), [7]. $62/night in 2018.  edit

Stay healthy[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.

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.

Stay safe[edit]

Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region are very safe areas for travelers. Gangs have begun showing up in the Tri-Cities, with Kennewick seeing the most gang activity of all three cities.

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.

Get out[edit]

  • Idaho - the Idaho state line is a little over 2 hours away.
  • Oregon - the Oregon state line is only about a 1/2 hour away.
  • Seattle - the city of Seattle is about 3 1/2 hours away.
  • Portland - the city of Portland is slightly closer than Seattle.

Routes through Kennewick
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SpokanePasco  N noframe S  HermistonBurns

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