The Tri-Cities consist of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco. This coming together of three mid-sized cities sits right where both the Yakima and Snake rivers flow into the Columbia River. This makes getting out on the water something that a lot of locals and visitors alike both do there. There’s much more than boating, fishing, waterskiing, and kayaking to do in the Tri-Cities though.
Here are five fun things to get out and see when you visit the Tri-Cities.
With all that water flowing nearby, it’s no surprise that there are a couple of dams worth visiting near the Tri-Cities. McNary Dam sits downriver from there and actually touches Washington in the north and Oregon in the south. There’s some great scenery there as well as the opportunity to see barges and boats use the lock system to navigate up and down the river. Also nearby is Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River. This dam offers a fun visitor center and some great photography opportunities.
Columbia Park is one of the many signature outdoor areas in the Tri-Cities. Located in Kennewick, this park offers a golf course, driving range, soccer fields, playground toys, and more. It also features a small manmade lake for swimming and a network of trails that will satisfy anyone wanting to get out and walk, jog, or bike their way along the scenic Columbia River.
Sacajawea State Park
Sacajawea State Park sits at the exact spot where the Snake River meets the Columbia River, adjacent to the city of Pasco. This is a very cool small state park that features plenty of picnic spots, wide open green spaces, playground toys, boat docks, a boat launch, and a beach. Any family can have a fun break from tourist activity by spending some time at Sacajawea State Park
If what you’re looking for is a good time shopping, then head over to Columbia Center. This is one shopping mall that has kept up with the times. You’ll find plenty of shopping and eating options there. This is the perfect place to find that purchase or two you need to make to help make your visit to the Tri-Cities complete.
Sacagawea Heritage Trail
Covering 23 miles in all, including many miles right alongside the Columbia River, the Sacagawea Trail is one of the jewels of the Tri-Cities area. It meanders through the city and right through a number of local parks. If you like long walks or bike rides, then this is one of the top ways to really take in the views that a place like the Tri-Cities has to offer.
The Tri-Cities is a fun destination and these five spots are just the tip of the iceberg on what there is to do when you visit there.
Need A Place To Stay In The Tri-Cities?
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