Inland Charm in Southeast Washington
Sculpted canyons cut through rural valleys as the Columbia and Snake rivers wind through the Southeast region of Washington exposing its Inland charm. Characterized by an arid climate and the gently rolling Palouse, the Southeast region serves as Washington’s bread basket. The growing tri-cities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco offer museums and plenty of things to do.
You’d be hard pressed to visit Southeast Washington and not marvel at the geological wonder of the Palouse. Formed from silt deposits after the Missoula Lake Ice Age, the magnificent hills create a rolling and swirling landscape that changes colors with the seasons. The fertile soil has proven bountiful for winter wheat, barley and beans. Photographers rejoice at panoramic views from country roads lined with wildflowers and plenty of rustic barns along the horizon.
The Columbia River Basin in the Southeast region of Washington is one of the highest lava plateaus in the world. Carved with dry river canyons, marshes, and lakes, the basin is brimming with perches like the red cliffs above Crab Creek Coulee. Take advantage of marvelous vistas for viewing birds like pelicans and cormorants along with other area wildlife
For things to do in Southeast Washington, the McNary National Wildlife Refuge in Burbank is home to a large population of migratory waterfowl like the mallard in addition to songbirds, shorebirds and amphibians. The REACH Museum in Richland is dedicated to the culture of the Tri-Cities. With geological exhibits on land formation as an impact of the ice age, to cold war involvement of the area and the Manhattan Project, the airy and modernly designed museum makes for a terrific day of indoor discovery.
In Kennewick the Toyota Center brings Broadway and top sporting events to the Southeast. The multi-purpose arena houses both an ice rink and performance venue, giving you an opportunity to skate or cheer on the WHL Tri-City American Hockey Team.
The Southeast region of Washington is the heart of the state’s wine country and in the Columbia Valley there are over 200 area wineries alone. Tour area vineyards to sip award-winning cabernet sauvignon or petite Verdot. Make a day of it at Ste. Michelle wine Estates Wine Science Center at the
Tri-Cities campus of WSU. 14-Hands, Columbia Crest and Coyote Canyon Winery are a few of the internationally recognized vineyards found in the hills and valleys in the southeast region of Washington state.
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Parks and Recreation in Southeast Washington
With a myriad of parks along the Columbia River, the Southeast region of Washington provides year-round recreation. Sacajawea Historical State Park combines history with outdoor fun including an Interpretive Center, swimming, boating, and hiking trails. Further east in Walla Walla numerous city parks feature playgrounds, hiking, sports fields, and picnic areas.
Rolling Hills Make for a Golfers’ Dream in Southeast Washington
The natural rolling hills of Southeast Washington make it a golfers’ dream. Area courses boast of large and well-maintained greens. Designed by some of golf’s architectural greats like Robert Muir Graves and Dan Hixson, courses in the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla are some of the best in Washington state.