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Revision as of 03:11, 27 July 2010
The Columbia River Plateau is a region of Washington.
The "Tri-Cities Area" consists of Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco, set at the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia river.
Tri-Cities Area, Franklin County and Benton County
Walla Walla County
- Whitman Mission National Historic Site - 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, on Lake Ential, 6 miles north of Orondo
- Norman A. Welch Memorial Speedway, in Connell
- Palouse Falls State Park, 23 miles southeast of Washtucna
- The Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., ☎ +1-206.628.0888, . 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, . 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), . 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), . 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
The Columbia River Plateau region consists of Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Lincoln, Walla Walla, and Yakima Counties.
The primary language is English.
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.
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.
Amtrak's Empire Builder stops in Pasco (on the Portland branch) and Ephrata (on the Seattle branch).
- Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge, 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. 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.
- Tour the massive remediation projects and the historic B Reactor on the Hanford Site.