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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.


Other destinations

  • Whitman Mission National Historic Site[1] - 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[2], on Lake Ential, 6 miles north of Orondo
  • Norman A. Welch Memorial Speedway, in Connell
  • Palouse Falls State Park[3], 23 miles southeast of Washtucna


For our purposes, the Columbia River Plateau region consists of Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Klickitat, Lincoln, Walla Walla, and Yakima Counties.


Get in

Get around


  • Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge[4], 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[5]. 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.





Stay safe

Get out

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