What makes this region great?
The rolling grasslands of the Palouse are guaranteed to take your breath away, as will a trip through Hells Canyon on the Snake River. The region is also home to the Tri-Cities, including Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland. Since 2000, no other community in the state of Washington has grown faster than the Tri-Cities.
Steptoe Butte rises 3,612 feet above the plateau, affording expansive views of the agricultural landscape and the Blue Mountains.
Palouse Scenic Byway
The route seems to go forever, past well-worn barns, horse herds and of course undulating hills of golden grasses. At 218-miles, this is one of the longest scenic byways in America.
Palouse Falls State Park
This 198-foot cataract was made famous when an extreme kayaker made the first descent, one the first viral videos. The cascade is also Washington’s “State Waterfall.”
Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival
The Chamber Music Festival has become such an institution it actually takes place in January and June.
The Snake River
The mighty Snake is one of the best whitewater rafting and fishing rivers in the west. The American Empress sternwheeler is the romantic way to course along the Snake.
The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region and runs throughout the state of Washington. Along nearly every bend of the river, you’ll be sure to find someone boating, swimming, or kayaking.
“Washington has an ocean, desert, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, rainforest and all these amazing things. The people are like that too – the diversity is so great and awe-inspiring. Why would you want to teach anywhere else?”
Kennewick School District