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.
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 over 300,000. Pasco is the “boomtown” of the three and is among the nation’s fastest-growing cities. The Tri-Cities is a 3.5-hour drive from Seattle and 2 hours from Spokane, making it perfect for a weekend getaway to celebrate spring’s arrival.
The Wine Lover
The Tri-Cities is known as the Heart of Washington Wine Country®, and for good reason—there are over 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 is an especially exciting time to visit the wineries as they celebrate Spring Barrel. Choose from one of the wineries’ many Spring Barrel wine tasting events and experiences, where you have a chance to smell and taste the wines from the barrel, often paired with food and live music.
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 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 65 degrees in April and 74 in May. This means that the season for outdoor recreation starts earlier than most places in Washington State. 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, then go for a delicious brunch after you’ve worked up an appetite.