Located in the heart of Washington’s Wine Country, Tri-Cities sits at the confluence of the Snake, Yakima, and Columbia rivers. Plan a mid-week or weekend trip to explore the three thriving destinations of Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco and immerse yourself in adventure, history, and a thriving wine and food scene. 

Tri-Cities Itinerary

To make the most of your three days, consider driving your own vehicle or renting a car.

Day 0: Evening Arrival

Drive in from Spokane, Seattle, or Portland in 2-3.5 hours, or find a direct flight into the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco and rent a car. Arrive at your hotel and settle in before heading out to dinner at Ice Harbor Brewery on Clover Island overlooking the Port of Kennewick. Enjoy award-winning craft beer along with a 100% American Wagyu burger or hand-cut halibut and chips. Explore more dining options here.

Day 1: Kennewick 

Breakfast at Just Juice

Start your day in Kennewick at Just Juice for coffee, cold-pressed juice, smoothies, or an acai bowl before heading out to explore.

Explore Sandollar Farms 

Sandollar Farms is family owned and known for breeding alpacas and great pyrenees. On Wednesday and Saturday mornings from April through October you can book a guided farm tour to visit the alpacas and dogs and stroll the orchard. After the tour, visit Fuzzy Wuzzy, the onsite fiber and leather arts studio.

Lunch at Porter’s Barbecue

After visiting the farm, head to Porter’s Barbecue for lunch. Porter’s serves authentic barbecue slow smoked for 14 hours and cut to order along with homemade sides. Due to the nature of the cooking process, menu items regularly sell out. Check their website for real-time updates on availability.

Shopping at Historic Downtown Kennewick

Continue the afternoon in historic downtown Kennewick where you’ll find antique stores, hobby shops, art galleries, and more. Visit the Public Market with over 60 local vendors, browse through Bristle Art Gallery, and stop in for a snack at Layered Cake Artistry

Wine Tastings at Columbia Gardens 

Visit Columbia Gardens for wine tasting from Monarcha Winery, Muret-Gaston Wine Bar, Gordon Estate Winery, and more. Stroll through the pedestrian-friendly waterfront to find food trucks and art along the scenic nature trail. View more Columbia Gardens vendors here.

Dinner at PROOF Gastropub

Finish off the evening at PROOF Gastropub for craft beer and cocktails along with familiar but elevated food. Try burger of the month, pork belly tacos, or a honey serrano chicken sandwich. 

Day 2: Discover Richland

Breakfast at Endive Eatery

After your hike, get breakfast at Endive Eatery. Their seasonal menu features internationally inspired dishes including vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. Previous breakfast menus have featured a variety of eggs benedict options, vegan breakfast burritos, and almond croissant french toast. 

Browse Shops and Murals at Uptown and The Parkway

Head to the outdoor Uptown Shopping Center to check out some of Richland’s murals. Explore by foot or rent bikes from Reborn Bike Shop. Some murals embrace the center’s mid-century roots while others are more quirky and contemporary. At The Parkway a few minutes away, you can browse small businesses like The Little Plant Shop for unique houseplant varieties or Roma House for home decor and artisan goods. Find apparel, accessories, stationary, body care, and more sourced mainly from women-owned companies at The Teal Box

Also See: Discover Washington’s Murals

Lunch and Wine Tasting at Red Mountain AVA

Wine tasting at Fidélitas.

Head out to the Red Mountain AVA for lunch and a wine tasting at Terra Blanca Vineyard Grill. If you’d like to sample wine from multiple locations, be sure to designate a driver or arrange a guided tour in advance. See wineries by horseback with Red Mountain Trails or visit Hedges Family Estate to learn about biodynamics and tour the gardens. For a more reserved afternoon, enjoy a relaxing wine tasting experience overlooking the vineyards at Fidélitas. Most wineries have open tasting room hours, but it’s best to book a reservation in advance. 

Explore Howard Amon Park or Visit the REACH Museum

Established as a park in 1911, Howard Amon Park transformed along with the community over the years with the addition of Manhattan Project workers. Richland residents have congregated for events and recreational activities here for over a hundred years. As a riverfront, multi-use recreational area, Howard Amon Park is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of Richland. Hire a boat and set out on the Columbia River, take a stroll along the extensive riverside path, or relax on the beach. Depending on when you visit, you may have the chance to catch an art festival or music event at the park. 

History buffs should consider a visit to the REACH Museum. This family friendly interpretive center and performing arts amphitheater tells the fascinating stories of the Mid-Columbia region. Learn about wildlife, Ice Age floods, the area’s connection to the Manhattan Project, and more.

Enjoy Dinner and Drinks

For dinner, head over to Dovetail Joint Restaurant for a farm-to-table dining experience. Start off with a house-made soda or creative handcrafted cocktail. You’ll find wood-fired pizzas with seasonal toppings, latin and mediterranean-inspired dishes, and a mix of small plates to share around the table. Another dinner option is LULU Craft Bar & Kitchen. Diverse menu options include grilled steaks, fish tacos, and chicken and waffles. Have one of their signature barrel-aged martinis along with dinner. If you’re not ready for the night to end, head to Moniker for dessert and a nightcap. Sit outside on the patio or enjoy the modern atmosphere indoors. 

Day 3: Explore Pasco

Grab breakfast at your hotel before heading out to explore Pasco and the surrounding area. 

Take a Morning Hike

Start the morning with a hike at Candy Mountain. This relatively easy trail takes you 3.6 miles roundtrip taking you into a preserve and then up to the summit for a beautiful view of the valley. 

Visit The Historical Sacajawea State Park

Sacajawea State Park in Pasco, WA.
Photo courtesy of Visit Tri-Cities

Visit Sacajawea State Park, where Lewis and Clark camped in 1805. Sitting at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers, the park spans 267 acres offering hikes, 9,100 feet of freshwater shoreline, sandy beaches, and plenty of wildlife. Visit the Sacajawea Interpretive Center to learn more about the role and life of Sacagawea, as well as the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery. Note: The park is open April through October. 

Stop by the Farmer’s Market (seasonal)

If you’re visiting on a Saturday from May to October, swing by the area’s largest farmers market. Located downtown, the Pasco Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m to 1 p.m. Check out locally grown fruits and vegetables, plants, artisan goods, crafts, and more. 

Lunch at Magill’s Restaurant & Catering

After your morning excursion, stop by Magill’s Restaurant & Catering for lunch. Indulge in Magill’s famous mac and cheese with house-made cheese sauce, or opt for a classic sandwich and salad. 

Blow Off Some Steam at AXE KPR

Women axe throwing at AXE KPR in Pasco, WA.
Photo courtesy of Visit Tri-Cities

Ward off the after-lunch lull with urban axe throwing. AXE KPR offers 45 and 90-minute sessions, and walk-ins are welcome. Try your hand at throwing axes, hatchets, or ninja stars, no experience necessary. The staff are available to teach you proper safety and technique, along with games to play. Note that closed-toed shoes are required to participate. 

Dinner at Ciao Trattoria

After a day of adventure, relax with a comforting dinner at Ciao Trattoria. Enjoy fresh salads, handmade pasta dishes, and classic Italian desserts in a cozy and romantic atmosphere. 

Where to Stay in Tri-Cities 

Courtyard by Marriott Pasco Tri-Cities Airport, Pasco

Opposite Tri-Cities Airport, this laid-back airport hotel is a 12-minute walk from the Bechtel National Planetarium and a mile from the Pasco Aviation Museum.

The Lodge at Columbia Point, Richland

The Lodge at Columbia Point is a beautiful 82-room boutique hotel along the Columbia Point Marina. Each room is dedicated to a winery or vineyard within Washington state. Featuring custom rooms, tastings of local wines, spa services and more.

Clover Island Inn, Kennewick

Situated right on the Columbia River, Clover Island Inn offers waterfront views, an outdoor pool, and the renovated Crow’s Nest Bar & Grill. Easily explore Kennewick’s historic waterfront with coffee shops, breweries, shopping, and more. 

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Kennewick Tri-Cities

Conveniently linked to the Three Rivers Convention Center. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere as this venue hosts concerts and serves as the home for the Tri-City Americans. Enjoy easy access to a variety of dining options and shopping destinations.

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