Tourism & Travel

One of the Tri-Cities’ signature events, Water Follies, returns July 23-25 after being canceled in 2020. It attracts thousands to the riverside for hydroplane races and an air show. (Courtesy Water Follies)

Visit Tri-Cities drops membership dues as it pivots to storytelling model

Visit Tri-Cities, the tax- and fee- funded agency responsible for putting heads in hotel beds, is dropping its paid membership...

Tourism Briefs – July 2021

New grads can enter airline ticket giveaway Avelo Air, a new airline that serves the Tri-Cities, is giving away 21...
Corvettes on the Columbia returns to the Tri-Cities in September after being canceled in 2020. Above, a vintage model is displayed during the 2019 gathering, which raised $145,000 for Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington. (Courtesy Tom McKenna)

Corvette owners have a wish for Make-A-Wish

Corvettes on the Columbia, a long-running celebration of all things Corvette and a major fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Alaska & Washington,...
Kirk Williamson of Kennewick is a tour bus guide that shows off Tri-City highlights to American Empress paddleboat passengers who stop over in Richland. (Courtesy American Queen Steamboat Company)

Smiles everyone! The American Empress paddleboat is back on the river

Kirk Williamson Imagine yourself facing a busload of people all wearing masks. You’re wearing one, too,...
Goose Gap in Benton County is the state’s newest viticultural area. The area takes its name from the saddle or gap of land between Goose Hill and Candy and Badger mountains, which are to the east and southeast. (Courtesy of Darren Zemanek)

Benton County is home to the state’s newest viticultural area

Washington’s 19th American Viticultural Area becomes official on Aug. 2. Goose Gap AVA, which lies within Benton County and two...
Photo by Wendy Culverwell

Right on schedule, food follows wine at Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens

The Port of Kennewick used wineries to woo tourists and hungry crowds to an industrial stretch of Columbia Drive. Now...

Covid-19 hits tourism hard in the Tri-Cities

Hospitality is big business in the Tri-Cities. It just misses landing in the top five sectors, as ranked by employment...
Robert Jackson of the Port of Benton maintenance team works on the Crow Butte Park irrigation system (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Crow Butte ready to welcome campers – when Phase 2 comes

One good thing happened when Crow Butte Park in southern Benton County closed to campers because of the Covid-19 crisis....
The city of Richland finished work on new steps at the trailhead for Badger Mountain Centennial Preserve. Friends of Badger Mountain is working to extend the trail to Amon Creek on one side and the Yakima River on the other. (Photo by Melanie Hair)

Friends of Badger Mountain readies its new vineyard trail for a fall debut

The local nonprofit that built public trails on Badger and Candy mountains is preparing to open a new trailhead as...
Courtesy Visit Tri-Cities

The cheery champion of Tri-City tourism finds good news in sea of bad

Michael Novakovich is by nature and by profession an optimist. As president of Visit Tri-Cities, his job is to champion...

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West Richland Area Chamber of Commerce in Person Luncheon Meeting

December 1 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Tri-City Family Expo 2022: Pirate Fairies

January 28 2022 - January 29 2022

White Bluffs Quilt Museum Grand Reopening

April 22 2022 @ 8:00 am - April 23 2022 @ 7:59 am

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