PASCO – Pasco played host to Lewis and Clark (at the Sacagawea State Park site) during the exploration party of 1805 and it never looked back. With the development of the Grand Coulee Dam in 1941, Pasco boomed both in terms of residences and agriculture. Pasco has recently been named one of the “10 Washington State Cities On The Rise” and one of the “12 of the Best Places to Live in Washington”. The Bechtel National Planetarium is on the Columbia Basin College campus. Mark your calendars for Radcon, the Columbia Cup, or make sure you visit the Pasco Flea Market.
RICHLAND – Richland developed at the point where the Yakima River meets the Columbia. This was a small town that became large during World War II when the US Government set up Hanford along the Columbia. Technology continues to be a driving force in Richland as home to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Richland has a thriving Community Center and Washington State University Tri-Cities is located here. You can also check out the Richland Players Theater. Make sure you mark your calendar for Cool Desert Nights classic car show, Allied Arts at Howard Amon Park, and the Hogs and Dogs rally.
KENNEWICK – Kennewick’s location along the southwest bank of the Columbia River (also the Lewis and Clark Trail) provides a wide variety of recreation opportunities as well as a strong economy and growing area. The Columbia Center Mall is the focal point of the commercial district. In 2015, Kennewick was named one of “America’s Best Communities”. Kennewick hosts the Americans hockey team in addition to the Indoor Football League’s Tri-Cities Fever, both of which play at Toyota Center. The Southridge Sports and Events Complex also draw national events. Or is an outdoor venue better-suited to you? Check out Highlands Grange Park. Visitors may also enjoy the Charles Carmel Carousel or the hydroplane racing at the Water Follies event.
WEST RICHLAND – West Richland, located at the mouth of the Yakima River and is next to the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area, boasting vineyards and wineries. Notable events include the Hogs and Dogs rally, Harvest Festival, and the Veterans Day Parade. The West Richland Chamber of Commerce is very active in promoting local businesses and tourism. The West Richland Golf Course is of interest as well as the 273 bike trails that criss-cross the area.