About Scenic Byway Drives & Photo Collections
Information about scenic state byway drives that can be taken as day trips in Eastern Washington is provided for the Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway, Lewis and Clark Trail Scenic Byway, Palouse Scenic Byway, Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway, and Yakama Scenic Byway. These scenic routes are all accessible within an hour or two drive from Tri-Cities Washington.
In addition, a guide to scenic photo collections of Southeast Washington, including the Tri-Cities, is provided. These photo collections will show that this region is not just a bunch of brown hills!
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Scenic Byway Drives & Day Trips - Eastern WashingtonView Washington State's Scenic Byways & Road Trips (PDF).
General Washington State and National Byway Information
Washington State was one of the first states in the country to establish a system of scenic byways that can be driven as day trips. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) provides information about Washington State byways. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration markets the collection of National Scenic Byways.
The five scenic byways nearest to the Tri-Cities region are:
- Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway
- Lewis and Clark Trail Scenic Byway
- Palouse Scenic Byway
- Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway
- Yakama Scenic Byway
Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway(100 Miles - Between Omak and Othello)
The Coulee Corridor Scenic Byway, an amazing 150-mile road trip reveals the story of the Ice Age floods when vast reservoirs of water flooded and receded from this valley hundreds of times. One of the most unique natural landscapes in the United States, this area was formed as the force of water fought against the strength of basalt rock. The result is a geologist's mecca.
Lewis and Clark Trail Scenic Byway(572 Miles - Between Clarkston on the Idaho border and Cape Disappointment on the Pacfic Coast)
The Lewis and Clark Trail Scenic Byway allows you to follow in the footsteps of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. From the dry canyons of the Snake River, to the flowing waters of the Columbia, you can retrace the expedition's adventures.
Palouse Scenic Byway(208 Miles - In Southeastern Washington around Pullman)
The Palouse Scenic Byway is a patchwork quilt of rolling terrain taking you over hundreds of miles of undulating hills, rich farmlands, and friendly rural communities. The majestic landscape is speckled with buttes offering spectacular panoramic vistas and wildlife viewing. Recreation abounds as well with opportunities for sightseeing, photography, hiking, biking, and fishing
Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway(18 Miles - Between Yakima and Ellensburg)
The Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway is an alternative route to Interstate 82 between Yakima and Ellensburg. This route follows the Yakima River, dividing the hills of sage covered desert between Yakima and Ellensburg. The basalt cliffs, some rising more than 2,000 feet, reveal a story of cataclysmic geologic events.
The canyon is known for its year-round sport fishing and as a blue ribbon catch-and-release trout stream. The crevices and cliffs make a perfect home for the densest concentration of nesting hawks, eagles, and falcons in the state.
Yakama Scenic Byway(76 Miles - Between Yakima and Columbia River near Goldendale)
The Yakama Scenic Byway runs south from Yakima on US-97 through Satus Pass to where the highway meets SR-14 at Columbia River. Most of the byway passes through the Yakima Indian Reservation.
View information about the Yakama Scenic Byway from Washington State's Scenic Byways & Road Trips (PDF).
Scenic Photo Collections - Southeast Washington State
Take a tour of Southeast Washington by exploring the scenic photo collections created by local photographers who enjoy outdoor photography. If you are looking for good places to take scenic photographs then start by looking at the collections below. Many of the local photographers represented also capture the spirit of local life in this region in their photo collections.
Several local photographers and artists use Flickr to upload their photographs and images of their artwork for sharing with others. Two collections representing this region are available for Tri-Cities, WA and Southeast Washington.
John Clement Photography
John Clement is a master landscape photographer and his photographs have achieved world acclaim. You can see many of his wonderful landscapes of this region at John Clement Photography.
Lynn Suckow (aka Walla2Chick) has composed many wonderful photographs in and around Walla Walla where she resides. View her sensory and perceptual experiences of Walla Walla and Southeast Washington in her photostream.
Richard Doody has a collection of over 39000 photographs in over 950 galleries. Several albums include photographs he has taken in several counties in this region:
- Washington State - includes Benton County, Franklin County, Grant County, Walla Walla County, Whitman County, and Yakima County
- Oregon State - includes City of Pendleton and Umatilla County
He also has published a book of photographs for Walla Walla County.
Scott Butner started out as a sports photographer in Seattle before embarking on a long career in scientific research. He now devotes full time to professional photography in the Tri-Cities as Scott Butner Photography, LLC. Check out his photostream which has over 33,000 photographs or view an excellent slideshow of his favorite photographs.
Also, Scott has published two photo collection books: Wheat Country, featuring photographs of eastern Washington people and places, and Close to Home, featuring photographs of the Mid-Columbia and beyond.
The Columbia River - A Photographic Journey
The Columbia River - A Photographic Journey is about Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later." This modern journey includes over 2,500 images of geographic areas and interesting items along 330-plus miles of the Columbia River from Richland, Washington to the Pacific Ocean, covering the area as seen by Lewis and Clark in 1805 and 1806. Quite a bit of local history and trivia is also presented.