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Columbia River Plateau

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Columbia River Plateau

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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.


Adams County

Tri-Cities Area, Franklin County and Benton County

Douglas County

Grant County

Klickitat County

Lincoln County

Walla Walla County

Yakima County

Other destinations

  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site[6] - 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[7], on Lake Ential, 6 miles north of Orondo
  • Norman A. Welch Memorial Speedway, in Connell
  • Palouse Falls State Park[8], 23 miles southeast of Washtucna
  • The Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., +1-206.628.0888, [1]. 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, [2]. 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), [3]. 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), [4]. 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.

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 (on the Portland branch) and Ephrata (on the Seattle branch).

Get around


  • 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.



  • Tour the massive remediation projects and the historic B Reactor on the Hanford Site.



Stay safe

Get out

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