Recently I mentioned that Eastern Washington is a great place to visit in the spring and we took a bit of our own advice recently for a break from the dreary gray spring days in the Puget Sound area for a weekend of camping, biking and wine tasting near the Tri Cities in Eastern Washington.
After an unusually wet winter, the normally brown hills of Eastern Washington are green this spring!
We camped at Potholes state park which was nearly empty (not the case during the summer!). If you plan on camping, make sure to actually check the weather! Just because it is often drier and warmer on the east side, this may not be the case on the specific day you plan to go so make sure to check. Spring can be a very windy time, so make sure to pay attention to that part of the forecast, and note that it is likely to be quite cold at night. There are lots of places to stay in Tri Cities, Yakima and Walla Walla if you don’t want to camp.
Early April sunset on a sunny, still day at Potholes State Park.
Potholes is also a great place to look at birds and to go fishing.
We decided to do a day of bike riding on the Sacajawea trail in the Tri Cities, a mostly flat trail around all three cities, making 23 mile loop (which you could do all or part of).
Bridge over the Columbia between Kennewick and Pasco on the Sacajawea Heritage Trail.
On this day it was actually a bit cloudy for part of the day, but it was 70 degrees! (while it was rainy and mid 50s in Seattle).
While some parts of the trail are on a park like trail, other parts follow the road on a wide separated bike lane.
To extend the ride further, you could bike up to the Red Mountain wineries (about 9 miles from town), or you could travel there by car (we drove their after bike riding). There are also quite a few wineries in town.
This is a great place to go wine tasting with delicious wine and friendly people to help you enjoy it!
Early spring vineyards haven’t sprouted new growth yet!