The Eastern Washington cities of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco - the Tri-Cities - offer many opportunities to have fun. If you love spending time outside, you can enjoy such outdoor recreation as golfing, biking, and boating. Other popular Tri-Cities attractions include tasting wine and learning about regional history.
Columbia Point Golf Course (Sunny Walter)
Sunny skies and wide open vistas make the Tri-Cities a great place for golfers. You can choose from seven golf courses and two championship putting courses. The Tri-Cities public golf courses include Canyon Lake Golf Course, Columbia Point Golf Course, Sun Willows Golf Course, and West Richland Golf Course.
CREHST is a museum and science center dedicated to the Columbia Basin region. Located in Richland, this museum addresses the compelling and colorful history of the area, both human and natural. The museum's permanent exhibits feature geology, Native American history, nuclear science, hydropower, and Columbia River fish.
The Tri-Cities' stretch of the Columbia River is one of the country's premier hydroplane race courses. The Columbia Cup races are held annually in late July. In addition to the races themselves, you can enjoy pit tours, autograph sessions, food booths, an airshow, and more.
As you drive through the Tri-Cities area you'll notice lots of vineyards - wine is one of the region's great treasures. Winery tasting rooms are open year round; many offer additional amenities such as picnic facilities and gift shops. The Tri-Cities' four annual wine celebrations are great times for wine lovers to visit. The events include Sweet Retreat in March, Classic Wine & Cars in June, Catch the Crush in late September, and Thanksgiving in Wine Country in November.
Sacajewea State Park is located at the point where the Columbia and Snake Rivers meet, in Pasco, Washington. The park's Sacajewea Interpretive Center offers exhibits that focus on the woman's historic story, the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the Native American culture and history of the region. Hiking, boating, fishing, and swimming are among the park's recreation opportunities.
Sprawled along the north shore of the Columbia River, Columbia Park occupies approximately 300 acres. Golfers can enjoy the park's 18-hole golf course or the driving range. Outdoor recreation options include waterskiing, fishing, boating, tennis, picnicking, and camping.
Railroad fans will enjoy the many photos and artifacts that are on display inside this museum. Old steam locomotives, cabooses, and a variety of cars are also a part of the museum collection. While there, take advantage of their gift shop and library.