Kennewick, is a city located in Benton county along the Columbia River Plateau region of Washington State. Along with the cities of Pasco and Richland, Kennewick is known for being the largest and most populous city within the area known as the "Tri-Cities" of Washington. The "Tri-Cities" area is the fourth most populous metropolitan area within Washington State; behind Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.
Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region draws a great deal of their cultural influence from having a past that was heavily enriched by the Cold War. In nearby Richland, the Hanford Nuclear Site is the home to many historical landmarks, as well as the world's first full-scale nuclear reactor. The atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan in 1945 contained Hanford produced plutonium. Today, the nuclear site has changed its mission from plutonium enrichment to environmental clean up and restoration.
In modern times, agriculture has been a major factor in the area's economy. Wheat is the most widely grown crop in the region, as well as fruit such as apples, cherries, and grapes (the region is home to more than 160 wineries). This is due mainly to the high quality of the region's soil and the ease of irrigation made possible by three nearby rivers (Columbia, Snake and Yakima Rivers).
Kennewick is the commercial district for the Tri-Cities region. Residents from central and southeastern Washington state, as well as from northeastern Oregon, visit the city for its shopping resources and entertainment venues. It is also home to several parks, including Columbia Park, which is a 400-acre recreational area with nearly 5 miles of Columbia River shoreline.
The wine industry is prevalent in the Kennewick and Tri-Cities region, with over 160 wineries within an hour's drive. Due to the region's climate of long, warm summer days (an average of 300 days of sunshine per year), and crisp cool nights; combined with rich volcanic soils and controlled irrigation, make it a nearly perfect location to grow premium grapes. A wide variety are grown throughout the region including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Pinot Noir and others.
There has been significant population growth in Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region over the last decade as the region also harbors a large technological industry. A major employer of many residents in Kennewick is Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's major national laboratories. In the past, Forbes has named Kennewick the #2 area in the country for job growth.
More recently, Kiplinger has rated the Tri-Cities region as one of the top 10 places to live and raise a family. CNN/Money has ranked the Tri-Cities region as one of the top 10 best bets for gains in housing value, due to its relatively stable economic conditions since the early 2000s.
Tri-Cities Airport is located 2 miles northwest of Pasco and is the third largest commercial airport in the state of Washington. It operates flights daily to and from Seattle, Tacoma, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver and Minneapolis-Saint Paul.
- Amtrak, 535 N 1st Ave, Pasco WA 99301 (N 1st Ave & Sylvester on the east side of Pasco by the railroad yard.), toll-free: . The following are the Amtrak route serving Pasco:
- Amtrak Empire Builder makes a once daily trip in each direction between Portland and Spokane via Vancouver, WA; Bingen, Wishram and Pasco. The train joins (or splits going westbound) with the other branch coming from (or going to) Seattle in Spokane. Eastbound trains continue to Chicago from Spokane. The Amtrak intermodal station, which is shared with Greyhound and Grape Line buses, is a new facility located in Pasco, close to major hotels and attractions
- Greyhound, (bus depot) Intermodal Station @ 535 N 1st Ave, Pasco WA 99301, ☎ , toll-free: . Travels on Interstate 90/82 (Seattle, Ellensburg, Sunnyside, Pasco and Stanford OR at I-84) and I-84/US 395/I-90 (Portland, Hood River, The Dalles, Pasco and Spokane). NOTE: Greyhound no longer go to Walla Walla but they do sell ownward tickets on the Grapeline bus to Walla Walla.
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation (CTUIR), (bus stops) 22nd Ave Transit Center (Pasco), Three Rivers Transit Center (Kennewick), Huntington Transfer (Kennewick) and 27th St P&R (Kennewick). They make an extra flag stop to the Amtrak/Greyhound station on request for drop off only., ☎ . Goes down to Hermiston and Irrigon, Oregon on the "Tri Cities Trolley" route. Transfer to the "Hermiston Hopper" in Hermiston to continue to Pendleton, OR.
Highway 395 is one of Kennewick's busiest roads, running right through the center of the city north and south. Oregonians can easily travel to Kennewick, as it is less than an hour's drive from the Washington-Oregon border.
- From Spokane: Take I-90/US 395 West to Ritzville. At Ritzville, US-395 continues South from I-90, stay on US-395 until you get to Kennewick.
- From Seattle and Tacoma: Take I-90 across the Casgade Mountains until I-82 in Ellensburg. Just past Ellensburg, take I-82 South (signed as East) until you reach either Badger Rd. or US-395.
- From Walla Walla: Take US-12 into Pasco. In Pasco, US-12 is also I-182, exit at US-395 South (Exit 12A) and cross the Columbia River.
- From Oregon: Take I-82 across the OR/WA border. After about 20 miles, exit off of I-82 onto US-395.
For information pertaining to the driving conditions around Kennewick and in the greater Tri-Cities region, check the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) website .
- Ben Franklin Transit, Three Rivers Transit Center (Along W Okanogan Dr across the street from the Benton County District Court, jail and health dept and next to the Toyota Arena.), ☎ . Mon-Fri 6AM-6PM; Sat 8AM-6PM. Operates fixed route buses within the Tri Cities area and to Benton City, West Richland and Prosser. They also offer a taxi feeder service to/through areas not served by regular buses from designated bus stops. $1.50 cash fare.
- Trans+Plus, (door to door shuttle, evenings and Sundays), ☎ . (to arrange a ride)Mon-Sat 6:30PM-2AM; Sun7:30AM-6PM. Trans+Plus provides a unique, demand response, curb-to-curb service within Ben Franklin Transit’s boundary area, except for the Hanford area north of Battelle Blvd and the Prosser and Benton City areas. $3 per trip.
A-1 Tri-Cities Taxi provides personalized service throughout the Tri-Cities area for affordable rates and operate 24/7.
- Benton County Fairgrounds and Sundowns Horse Race Track.
- East Benton County Historical Museum, 205 Keewaydin Dr, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. T-Sa 12-1600. Not to be confused with Benton County Historical Museum in Prosser. Has a cast of the skull of the famous Kennewick Man. $4/adult, $3/senior, $1/child.
- Highlands Grange Demonstration Garden.
- Three Rivers Convention Center (Tri-Cities Convention Center).
- Audubon Nature Trail, Columbia Park (along the Columbia River).
- Classic Island Casino, 8524 W Gage Blvd, ☎ . Features gaming, dining and Club Wet (a night club). Cover charge for the night club is $7.
- Jack Didley's Night Club, 109 W. Kennewick Ave, ☎ . Is a comedy club, restaurant and bar featuring performances by reputable comedians from around the nation. Aside from comedy shows, the venue also hosts many other events such as parties and dancing.
- The Playpen, 213 W Kennewick Ave, ☎ . Is a night club featuring dance and music.
- Ray's Golden Lion, 1353 George Washington Way, Richland, WA 99354, ☎ . Is a music venue and restaurant located in the nearby city of Richland. Live music every Friday and Saturday night, usually performances are by local and regional acts.
- The Rock Reactor, 117 W Kennewick Ave, ☎ . Is a nightclub and restaurant featuring live music from local, regional and low key national bands. It features a 300 square foot stage and main floor with two bars and seating in the restaurant.
- Tri-Cities Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd. A multi-purpose arena which has an approximate seating capacity of 7,715 event goers. It hosts nationally renowned shows such as Riverdance and Cats, as well as performances from acclaimed musicians ranging from B.B. King to Slipknot. Tickets for events are available through Ticketmaster.
- The Chamna Natural Preserve. A new parkland near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia Rivers. It offers hiking through a multitude of habitats ranging from grasslands to riparian wooded areas.
- The Sacagawea Heritage Trail. A recreational and educational trail along twenty-three miles of beautiful Columbia River shoreline in Tri-Cities, Washington. It is a bi-modal trail and all trail amenities enable all outdoor enthusiasts to experience an environmentally sound and unique shrub-steppe habitat.
- Twin Sisters Rock. Consists of two basalt pillars that extend from the cliffs along Wallula Gap, overlooking the Columbia River.
Kennewick is nearby over a hundred wineries which offer wine tasting and tours.
- Anelare Winery. Is a private and limited bottling winery that offers premium wines to club members and selected varietals to the public. It is open to the public for tasting or you may reserve private tasting rooms for personal or business functions.
- AVA Wine Rooms. Offers a wide selection of local wines by the glass or the bottle, as well as some local brews.
- Canyon's Edge Winery. Is open daily and offer informative wine tasting and purchase of wine by the glass, bottle or case.
- Pacific Rim Winery. Specializes in Rieslings. It is in West Richland.
- The Country Gentleman, 9221 W Clearwater Ave #A, ☎ .
- Dutch Brothers Coffee, 4305 W. Clearwater AVe, ☎ . Wonderful double chocolate mochas
- Atomic Ale Brew Pub, 1015 Lee Blvd, Richland, WA, ☎ . Is a microbrewery and eatery featuring such locally famous brews as Half-Life Hefeweizen, Atomic Amber and Plutonium Porter. The eatery features gourmet wood-fired pizzas.
- Ice Harbor Brewing Co, 206 N Benton St, ☎ . M-Th 11-22:00, F-Sa 11-23:00, Su 11-20:00. The only brewery in Kennewick, they have a second location at the marina.
- Best Western Kennewick, 4001 W 27th Ave, ☎ , fax: +1 509 586-0263.
- Comfort Inn Kennewick, 7801 W. Quinault Ave, ☎ , fax: +1 509 736-6844.
- Fairfield Inn Kennewick, 7809 West Quinault Ave, ☎ , fax: +1 509 783-9040.
- La Quinta Inn & Suites Kennewick, 2600 South Quillan Pl, ☎ , fax: +1 509 736-3676.
- Quality Inn, 7901 West Quinault Ave (From HWY 240: Take Columbia Center Blvd exit. Turn right on to W Quinault Ave.), ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM.
- Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center, N. 1101 Columbia Center Blvd., ☎ , fax: +1 509 735-3087.
During the summer months, the temperature in Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region often exceeds 100 °F. If you plan on being outside for long periods of time, be sure to drink plenty of WATER and limit the intake of alcohol and caffeine to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
Kennewick and the greater Tri-Cities region are extremely safe areas for travelers. The city enjoys a crime rate that is well below the national average; violent crime is almost none existent. The most widely reported crime in the city is theft. As with any travel destination, if you take the proper precautions to keep your possessions safe, you should have no problems at all during your stay.
- Idaho - the Idaho state line is a little over 2 hours away.
- Oregon - the Oregon state line is only about a 1/2 hour away.
- Seattle - the city of Seattle is about 3 1/2 hours away.
- Portland - the city of Portland is slightly closer than Seattle.
|Routes through Kennewick|
|Yakima ← Richland ←||W E||→ Hermiston → END|
|Spokane ← Pasco ←||N S||→ Hermiston → Burns|