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Tri-Cities

Bird's Eye View of Pasco

Central Washington is labeled by some as “middle of nowhere” status. But the Tri-Cities – which consist of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland – have plenty to offer. In fact, the cities have received a number of accolades in the last few years. Last year Kennewick was named one of the top 10 American cities to raise a family in by Yahoo! Richland is home to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Reservation. And Pasco is the hometown of novelist Chuck Palahniuk, poet Ron Silliman, and Detriot Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman.

For this post, I’ve solicited the help of my wonderful friend Chris, who has spent most of his life in Kennewick.

Chris’s Favorite …

Brick House Pizza in West Richland

Restaurant: In Kennewick, Chris recommends The King & I, a Thai restaurant. But beware, this extremely spicy food is not for the faint of heart. If you’d rather opt for non-spicy food, try Brick House Pizza in Richland. Chris says their pickle and pepperoni pizza is one of the best pizzas he’s ever had.

Columbia Point Marina

 

 

 

 

Outdoor (and Free) Activities:

In the summer:

  • Try boating in the Columbia River or Snake River
  • If you’d rather fish, head over to the Ice Harbor Lock and Dam area on the Snake River, McNary Lock and Dam area on Lake Wallula, or Two Rivers Park. At Columbia Park, the family fishing pond is stocked with fish for kids.

For most of the year:

  • For bikers and joggers, Chris recommends a 14-mile trail in Kennewick that starts at Columbia Point Marina, goes through Howard Amon Park, and ends just past WSU Tri-Cities.
  • You can also try the trail between the Blue Bridge (in central Kennewick) and the Cable Bridge (in downtown Kennewick). The path stretches along the Columbia River and is about six miles round trip. If you start at the Cable Bridge and take the trail west, you can cross over the Blue Bridge and end in Pasco.
  • If you’re up for a serious jog or bike ride, try the Sacagawea Heritage Trail Loop (19-24 miles) or the Yakima River Loop (45 miles).

The Cable Bridge Run

Annual Events: Check out the Cable Bridge Run the Saturday before Christmas. Or if you’re there in the summer, go to the Columbia Cup Tri-City Water Follies hydroplane races. These races take place on the Columbia River during the last weekend of July.

 

 

 

Quick Facts about the Tri-Cities:

Founded:

  • Kennewick: 1904
  • Pasco: 1891
  • Richland: 1905

Populations (2009 U.S. Census estimates):

  • Kennewick: 67,814
  • Pasco: 58,647
  • Richland: 47,527

Name Origins:

  • Kennewick is believed to be a Native American name for “grassy place.”
  • Pasco was named by Virgil Bogue after the Peruvian city Cerro de Pasco.
  • Richland is named after Nelson Rich, who in 1892 co-founded Benton Land and Water Company.

 

Driving distance from:

Yakima: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Ellensburg: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Spokane: 2 hours, 25 minutes

Seattle: 3 hours, 36 minutes

 

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Pullman-Moscow

Driving distance from:

Spokane: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Yakima: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Ellensburg: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Seattle: 5 hours, 4 minutes

Downtown Pullman, including part of Washington State University

 

 

 

 

Pullman/Moscow Quick Facts:

Founded:

  • Pullman:1888
  • Moscow: 1877

Population:

  • Pullman: 27,619
  • Moscow: 24,338 (2009 U.S. Census estimates)

Name Origins:

  • Pullman was named after inventor George Pullman.
  • Samuel Neff filed for a postal permit under the name of Moscow because the area reminded him of Moscow, Pennsylvania, his hometown.

Did you know…

  • In a 2005 survey, Pullman was named the second-best city for business in Washington.
  • Moscow is the hometown of singer Josh Ritter.

Yes, I realize I’m bending my rules a bit with this post. Not only am I covering two towns, but (gasp!) one of them isn’t in Washington. But since the two are so close together (9.6 miles), I’m counting them as one. Both are also college towns, so finding student discounts and fun hang-outs for the college aged population is a breeze.

Andrea’s Favorite:

Sella's in Pullman

Restaurant: Sella’s Calzones and Pizza. If you’re looking for Italian food that’s a step up in quality from fast food pizza chains, Sella’s is for you. Personal nine-inch pizzas run from $10-$12 each and can easily make two meals. But this isn’t just a pizza place. Sella’s also offers pasta, salads, appetizers, and – of course – calzones. The restaurant can get a bit crowded on weekends, but that only shows its popularity with locals and students alike.

Sister's Brew in Moscow

 

Coffee shop: Sisters’ Brew in Moscow. This quaint coffee shop is filled with overstuffed arm chairs and vintage tables and desks. The staff is friendly and serves you with actual mugs rather than paper cups. I’d recommend the black and white mocha (made with dark and white chocolate) or, for non-coffee drinkers, their Mexican hot chocolate.

University of Idaho's Arboretum

 

 

Freebie: University of Idaho arboretum. This 63-acre botanical wonder was my favorite study spot the last time I was in Moscow (and its atmosphere is a refreshing change from a university library). Flowers are grouped together geographically into sections of Asian, Western North American, Eastern North American, and European segments. The arboretum is open daily from dawn to dusk.

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