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Pullman [21] is a city in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. It is home to Washington State University [22] and the National Lentil Festival.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

  • From Seattle, go east on I-90 East to the WA-26 off ramp at Exit 137, after crossing over the Columbia River. Continue the rest of the way to Colfax via Othello from the off ramp. (286mi - 5hrs southeast)
  • From Tri Cities (Pasco, Richland, Kennewick), take US Hwy 395 north towards Ritzville and exit off at WA-26 which is 19mi past Connell. Turn right (east) on WA-26 and go the rest of the way to Collfax (141mi 2hr 25min northeast)
  • From Spokane, go west on I-90 west to the US Hwy 195 off ramp at exit#279 and go south on US Hwy 195 to Colfax. (75mi-1hr 20min south)
  • From WA-26 (W Walla Walla Hwy) & US 195 Junction (N Main St) in Colfax go through town on US Hwy 195 (which 'Main St') to the WA-270 turn-off (14mi south). Go left (east) on WA-270 into Pullman. The road enters into town as NW Davis Way. Turn right (south) at Grand Ave and a left at SE Paradise (which merges into Main St 4 blocks later) to continue east on WA-270, to the southern entrance of the WSU campus at Stadium Way. Or continue east for the next 8mi to Moscow, ID. WA-270 becomes ID-8 (Pullman Rd) upon crossing the state line. The Idaho State University campus is at right side of the road as you enter into Moscow.

By Bus[edit]

  • Northwestern Trailways, Dissmore's IGA [email protected] N Grand St (N Grand Ave (SR-27) & NW Stadium Way), +1-509-838-4029 (), [1]. From Spokane they go down to Pullman, Moscow, Lewiston, Cottonbird & Boise. Nearest connections to Greyhound are in Spokane (Seattle, Spokane, Couer d'Alene, Missoula; Portland, Stanfield, Pasco, Spokane; and Boise (Portland-Stanfield-Boise-Salt Lake City).  edit
  • Wheatland Express, 4101 SR 270, Pullman 99163, +1-509-334-2200 (toll free: +1 800 334-2207, , fax: 509-332-0118), [2]. Goes from the Spokane airport down to Colfax, Pullman and Moscow, ID on the 'Airport Express' line. They also go to Seattle on Friday mornings (or before the WSU vacation periods) and return on Sunday afternoons (or before the end of the vacation period) on the 'Weekend Express' and 'Holiday Express' lines. In Pullman they stop at their own office & lot at 4101 SR 270, in front of the WSU Lighty Building (south side) along Grimes Way (look for "airport shuttle" sign), and the French Admin. Bldg ( only the 'Holiday' & 'Weekend' Express lines)  edit

By plane[edit]

  • Pullman is served by the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) [23] The rural airport in the Palouse region is the primary air link for its two land-grant universities, Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Idaho in Moscow. Both universities use the airport for jet charters from Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air for their intercollegiate athletic teams. Alaska Airlines is the sole commercial airline serving the airport, flying Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft to Lewiston, ID and Seattle.
  • Spokane International Airport (GEG) [24] is the next major commercial airport for the area located 80mi/128km north of Pullman. There are additional airlines providing service to Spokane from additional cities in the U.S. Wheatland Express provides regular bus service from the Spokane Airport to Pullman.

Get around[edit]

Since there is not much to the downtown area, except for the few blocks around Grand & Main St, transportation is a must. In town public transportation is available from Pullman Transit [25], (or this link) though it is often geared around the university schedule. Pullman also has multiple bike trails for summer travel around the town. Pullman may be navigable by bicycle but it is best to have a private automobile to get to Moscow, Colfax, Spokane, Lewiston, and anywhere in the surrounding Palouse countryside. Otherwise the WSU Parking & Transportation Office offers some ideas (bicycles, car rentals) on getting around without a car and can help arrange for carpooling ('Zimride').

Locally Main St (WA-270 going east) divides the streets & addresses "north" from "south" while Grand Ave (WA-27) divides the streets & addresses from "east" and "west". NW Davies is WA-270 going west to US-195 which goes north to Colfax & Spokane and south to Lewiston. The university is a 640 acre campus located east of Main & Grand with "NE" addresses, and consists of a major chunk of town, can't miss it. On campus Stadium Way is the main thoroughfare (or "Main St") through the middle of the campus going north (to Grand Ave north of town) & south (to Main St going out to Moscow) while Grimes Way goes out to the eastern part of the campus from the center.

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Being the home of a major state university, there are many WSU centric activities available

Washington State University - Go Cougs![edit]

... is a 640 acre land grant university with well over 21,000 students enrolled. The university is well known for its programs in chemical engineering, veterinary medicine, agriculture, animal science, food science, plant science, architecture, neuroscience and communications. It is ranked in the top-ten universities in the US in terms of clean technology and it is one of 96 public and private universities in America with "very high research activity," as determined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. WSU is ranked among the top half of national universities at 115th according to U.S. News and World Report.

  • Washington State University, (Dept. or office name), Washington State University; PO Box 64xxxx, Pullman WA 99164-''xxxx'' (the ''xxxx'' is the mail stop number that varies by dept. or office you are trying to reach.), 509-335-3564 (central switchboard), [3]. WSU is trying to collect many of the sights around campus in one website titled Around WSU [4]. These are a selection (and maybe a few that have been forgotten)  edit
  • WSU Information Center, 405 NE Stadium Way (at the strip mall in SE corner of NE Stadium Way and N Grand Ave.), 509-335-4636 (335-INFO), [5]. ... maintains a calendar of campus events, arranges on campus tours, sells parking permits and provides other useful & needed information to outside visitors.  edit
  • WSU Cougars Athletic Events, Washington State University Athletics; Bohler Athletic Complex; PO Box 641602, Pullman 99164-1602, (toll free: 800-462-6847 (800-GO-COUGS)), [6]. being on a major Pac-12 league WSU hosts a variety of athletic events year round.  edit
  • The Bears (WSU Grizzly Research), Bear Research, Education and Conservation Program; PO Box 644236 Pullman, WA 99164-4236 (Grimes Way & Airport Rd @ the east end of campus), 509-335-1119, [7]. One common sight is the Grizzly Bear research facility on Airport road. The bears usually come out of hibernation around March, and you can see them in their outdoor facility  edit

Non WSU (off campus)[edit]

- Kamiak Butte is a large butte just north of Pullman on Grand Avenue. Travel north approximately 10 miles, turn left at the sign for Kamiak Butte.

- The Chipman Trail is a bicycle and walking path that connects Pullman to Moscow (the trail continues to Troy, Idaho). It features a number of geographical information signs where a visitor can learn more about the unique topography of the Palouse. The trail follows Paradise Creek, a small stream which flows from Moscow.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Visit Pullman during the National Lentil Festival[26]

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Ferdinand's Ice Cream Shoppe (WSU creamery), 2035 Ferdinand's Ln (Food Quality Bldg., 2 blocks east of the Bio-Tech Life Sciences Bldg.), 509-335-2141, [8]. Home to Cougar Gold Cheese and some delicious ice cream that is made from begining to end on campus. Check the hours in advance, they close early.  edit
  • The Old European Restaurant (The Old European Restaurant), 455 South Grand Ave (South of Main St on Grand), 509 334-6381, [9]. 6am -2m. Known for the best breakfast in the area. Family owned and operated and it shows! Can't get Danish Aebelskivers, Potato Pancakes or Dutch Babies anywhere else.  edit
  • Sella's Calzone & Pizza, 1115 E Main St (along Main St just past Stadium Way (south entrance into campus)), 509-334-1895. A great place to stop for a bite to eat. Calzone's in a university themed restaurant. Make an elaborate drawing on their blank placemats and you might just make it to their wall of fame!  edit
  • Swilly's, 200 NE Kamiaken St (NE Kamiaken St & Olsen, a block north of Main and east from Grand in downtown), (509)334-3395, [10]. 11AM-3PM, 5PM-9:30PM. Excellent restaurant. A bit pricey, but tastefully decorated and with a wonderful ambiance. ~$30/person.  edit
  • Taco del Mar, 350 E Main St (NW corner of Main & Pine), 509-334-7822, [11].  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Cougar Cottage, 900 NE Colorado St (NE Colorado & B St, across the street from Chi Omega Sorority House), 509-332-1265. Greek hangout, lots of interesting "quotes" scribbled all over the place. Good luck finding toilet paper or soap in the bathroom.  edit
  • Grand Avenue Bar. Cheap drinks and lots of pool tables, beer pong table as well  edit

- Mike's: Two stories, bottom floor is a pretty poppin' dance club. Drinks are weak and overpriced (usually)

  • My Office Tavern, 215 S Grand Ave (WA-27) (S Grand @ SE Paradise (WA-270)), 509-334-1202, [12]. A local favorite and often-joke ("Let's meet at 'My Office"), it features cheap beer and food.  edit
  • The Old European Restaurant (The Old European Restaurant), 455 South Grand Ave (South of Main St on Grand), 509 334-6381, [13]. 6am -2m. Known for the best breakfast in the area. Family owned and operated and it shows! Can't get Danish Aebelskivers, Potato Pancakes or Dutch Babies anywhere else.  edit
  • Rico's Public House, 200 E Main St (WA-270) (at NE corner of N Grand & E Main St), 509-332-6566. Live jazz on weekends, a slightly pricier bar with a real british pub style.  edit
  • Valhaila Bar & Grill, 1000 NE Colorado St (NE Colorado & C St, next to the WSU Parking & Transportation office), 509-334-7775. An excellent 80's themed night on Saturdays, but always cramped and usually pretty stuffy (go there to dance only!)  edit
  • ZZU, 1525 NE Merman Dr. (at a strip mall at NE Terre View Dr & Merman Dr., north of campus), 509-332-2000. Very good drinks and unique themed nights (including "drag night")  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Cougar Land Motel, 150 W Main St (W Main St & N Grand Ave in 'downtown'), +1 509 334-3535.  edit
  • Hilltop Inn Magnuson Hotel, 928 NW Olsen Street, +1 509 332-0928 (fax: +1 509 334-5275), [14].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1190 SE Bishop Blvd, +1 509 334-4437 (fax: +1 509 334-4447), [15].  edit
  • Manor Lodge, 455 SE Paradise (SE Paradise & Main. Before SE Paradise merges into Main), +1 509 334-2511 (), [16]. $67-97.  edit
  • Quality Inn Paradise Creek, SE 1400 Bishop Blvd, +1 509 332-0500 (fax: +1 509 334-4271), [17].  edit
  • The WSU Visitors Center also maintains an online list on this link of various accommodations available in town and in other nearby towns around the Palouse country region.


Being in a major university town, life in town revolves around the university. The below are links to the admissions offices if coming in to study:

  • Washington State University (WSU) Admissions, PO Box 641067, Pullman WA 99164-1067 (370 Lighty Student Bldg.), (toll free: 888-468-6978), [18].  edit
  • University of Idaho Admissions, P.O. Box 444264, Moscow ID 83844-4264 (Student Union Bldg., Rm #117), 208-885-6326 (toll free: 888-884-3246 (88-88-UIDAHO), fax: 208-885-9119), [19].  edit
  • Community College of Spokane, Pullman Campus, 115 NW State St (NW State & W Main a block west of 'downtown'), 888-743-4767, [20]. ... offers adult literacy programs, high school/GED completion, liberal arts-transfer (for University level credit), career-technical degree options (usually non-transferable to university), noncredit continuing education, and workforce development in their own small 2 block campus or online. Check with your academic advisor at WSU, Univ. of Idaho, or whichever university you're attending regarding transferability of Community College of Spokane coursework prior to enrollment. This may be an option to complete some of the required coursework towards a degree at a lower cost.  edit

Get out[edit]

Pullman is 8 miles away from Moscow, Idaho, which has many attractions worth checking out. Continue east & SE on Main St/Pullman-Moscow Hwy (WA-270/ID-8).

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