Things to Do in Pullman, Palouse and Other SE Washington Cities

Washington's southeast region affords Hells Canyon, Washington State University and a treasure trove of other unique sights.

Take a sunrise hike

Hike to the top of Kamiak Butte, which stands 3,641 feet tall, for a sunrise. After taking in the view, explore the 5 miles of trails that surround the area.

Smell the flowers

Stop by Living in the Garden, a greenhouse and garden center with a promising gift shop that hosts local artists and artisans on summer Saturdays.

Get Cheesy

Dairy cows are hard at work on the Washington State University campus, where the campus creamery churns out Cougar Gold Cheese: delectable, sharp white cheddar sold in 30-ounce yellow-striped cans.

Bike across the border

Ride walk, jog, run or skate on the scenic Bill Chipman Palouse Trail in Colfax, a paved 8-mile route leading to Moscow, Idaho.

Explore art in Uniontown

Drive down to the Dahmen Barn, a cozy restored space in Uniontown that now houses artists’ studios. Poke your head in for some inspiration, and keep your eye out for a unique item to take home—there’s a ton of pottery, paintings and prints to be had.

Grab a beer

In Clarkston, enjoy a Scottish-style River Rat Red Ale or a smooth Old Man River Oatmeal Stout at Riverport Brewing Co. If the night gets rollicking, head to Hogan’s Place on Sixth Street—Clarkston’s favorite dive bar.

Tour Hells Canyon

Take a ride down Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge, in a high-powered jet boat with one of many area outfitters. Tours run from a half day to a full day and start from Clarkston. Venture to see ancient petroglyphs and historical points of interest, or gawk at the area wildlife.

Learn more about the Palouse Region in southeast Washington.

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