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Pullman [7] is a city in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. It is home to Washington State University [8] and the National Lentil Festival.

Get in

By car

  • Pullman accessed by US 195, and WA 270/ID 8. US 195 is the direct route to Spokane. To get to Seattle is to go north on US 195 to Colfax and than west on WA-26 to where it joins I-90 and continue west on I-90 into Seattle. WA 270 turns into ID-8 upon crossing the state line into Moscow, ID (8 mi/12.8km apart).

By bus

  • Northwestern Trailways [9] runs regular bus services to Spokane & Coeur d'Alene in one direction and to Boise in the other from their stop at 1002 NW Nye St.
  • Wheatland Express [10] offers twice daily service between Moscow, ID & the Spokane Airport via Pullman. They also offer limited service to Seattle (Southcenter Mall) and additional service to Spokane airport for WSU students going on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break at end of the week prior to start of their vacation period and returning from Seattle the last few days of the vacation period before class starts again for them.

By plane

  • Pullman is served by the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (PUW) [11] 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. Horizon Air is the sole commercial airline serving the airport, flying Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft to Lewiston, ID and Seattle.
  • Spokane (GEG) [12] is the major commercial airport for the area located 80mi/128km north of Pullman. There are additional airlines providing service to the area through here. See the above under "By bus" in getting to Pullman from the airport without car.

Get around

Since there is not much to the downtown area, transportation is a must. Public transportation is available from Pullman Transit [13], though it is often geared towards the university. Pullman also has multiple bike trails for summer travel around the town.


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

Washington State University

  • Washington State University, [1].

WSU is trying to collect many of the sights around campus in one website titled Around WSU [14]. These are a selection (and maybe a few that have been forgotten)

  • The Bears (WSU Grizzly Research) - 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


- 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.


  • visit Pullman during the National Lentil Festival[15]



  • Ferdinands Creamery [16] - 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.
  • Sella's [17] - 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!
  • Swilly's, 200 NE Kamiaken St (right off the West side of campus), (509)334-3395, [2]. 11AM-3PM, 5PM-9:30PM. Excellent restaurant. A bit pricey, but tastefully decorated and with a wonderful ambiance. ~$30/person.


- My Office Tavern: A local favorite and often-joke ("Let's meet at My Office"), it features cheap beer and food.

- Rico's: Live jazz on weekends, a slightly pricier bar with a real british pub style.

- The Grand Avenue Bar: Cheap drinks and lots of pool tables, beer pong table as well

- The ZZU: Very good drinks and unique themed nights (including "drag night")

- Valhalla: An excellent 80's themed night on Saturdays, but always cramped and usually pretty stuffy (go there to dance only!)

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

- The Coug: Greek hangout, lots of interesting "quotes" scribbled all over the place. Good luck finding toilet paper or soap in the bathroom

  • The Old European Restaurant (The Old European Restaurant), 455 South Grand Ave (South of Main St on Grand), 509 334-6381, [3]. 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.


  • Hilltop Inn Magnuson Hotel, 928 NW Olsen Street, +1 509 332-0928 (fax: +1 509 334-5275), [4].
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 1190 Bishop Blvd, +1 509 334-4437 (fax: +1 509 334-4447), [5].
  • Quality Inn Paradise Creek, SE 1400 Bishop Blvd, +1 509 332-0500 (fax: +1 509 334-4271), [6].

Get out

Pullman is 8 miles away from Moscow, Idaho, which has many attractions worth checking out.

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