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.

Here are just a few highlights.

RISE AND SHINE

Hike to the top of Kamiak Butte, at 3,641 feet, for a sunrise, then 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.

JAM OUT

Head to Pullman for a show at the BellTower, a church–turned–music venue that hosts both local and surprisingly big-name indie bands.

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

To work off that cheese, ride walk, jog, run or skate on the scenic Bill Chipman Palouse Trail in Colfax, a paved 8-mile route leading to Moscow, Idaho.

OGLE ART

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.

MEET THE BREWERS

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.

BOAT BACK IN TIME

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 petrogylphs and historical points of interest, or gawk at the area wildlife.

SOAK UP THE SUN

Head north from Hells Gate to unwind on the shores of a teeny bay, where a creek runs into the Snake River at Wawawai Park, about halfway between Clarkston and Pullman.

DINE AND INDULGE

Finish up any day of exploring at Swilly’s, a longtime Pullman institution trusted by locals for steak, seafood and a mean slice of cheesecake.

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Anne Larkin