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Fun is just a short drive away

By Visit Tri-Cities May 5, 2023

Wine lovers enjoy their time at Tri-Cities

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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2023 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Located in southeast Washington state at the confluence of three rivers, the Tri-Cities has 300 sun-filled days a year, and its dry climate offers visitors a warm, sunny paradise from early spring all the way through late fall.


Perfect weekend getaway

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Made up of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco, the Tri-Cities is the third largest metropolitan area in Washington state after Seattle and Spokane, with a population of more than 300,000. Pasco is the “boomtown” of the three and is among the nation’s fastest-growing cities. The Tri-Cities is just a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle, making it perfect for a weekend getaway.

The Wine Lover

The Tri-Cities is known as the Heart of Washington Wine Country, and for good reason — there are more than 200 wineries within an hour’s drive as well as an established culinary scene, making it an attractive travel destination for any foodie or wine lover. Spring and summer are an especially exciting time to visit the wineries, as they offer many wine tasting events and experiences, often paired with food and live music.

Enjoying an afternoon

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The Sweethearts’ Escape

Springtime in the Tri-Cities is perfect for outdoor patio dining, where you can savor being immersed in wine country. There are few more blissful experiences than sitting on a shaded patio with your sweetheart, enjoying scenic views of the vineyards as you sample the latest vintages.

The Tri-Cities has a rich agricultural history, and you can enjoy an abundance of culinary delights, from casual farm-to-table to fine dining, paired with cocktails or a locally made craft beer.  A hotel with a river view is a must — there’s no better way to enjoy a morning cup of coffee than sitting on the deck overlooking the water.

The sweethearts escape

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The Outdoor Adventurer

While much of Washington is still cool and drizzly in spring, the Tri-Cities is comfortably warm and dry as early as April, with an average high temperature of 74 degrees in May and 81 in June. Hiking, biking, and golfing have a longer season here than almost anywhere else in the state. Enjoy an early morning paddleboard or kayak on the river, and then go for a delicious brunch after you’ve worked up an appetite.


The outdoor adventurer

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