This section of the Washington Visitors Network
focuses on the southeast region of Washington. The southeast region of Washington State stretches from the Washington-Idaho
border to the outskirts of Wenatchee-Snoqualmie National Forest. Dominated by some of the Northwest's driest countryside, it is rich in geological landmarks.
The Columbia Basin, one of the highest lava plateaus in the world, blankets much of the region, rising in some places to more than 1,500 feet in elevation. At the region's southern border, the Columbia River weaves a route toward the Pacific Ocean, framing the fertile lush valleys and windswept fields that serve as the breadbasket for much of Washington State.
Populated by dozens of small and mid-size towns that were founded by pioneer families, the Southeast region is known both for its remote rural communities and its growing tri-city area. Kennewick, Richland and Pasco make up the region's metropolitan center. Smaller towns, like Moses Lake and Ritzville support several critical agricultural markets.
The Columbia Basin, the state's warmest, driest region is the place to go birding. You can see pelicans and cormorants at the Potholes Reservoir, or birds of prey in the red cliffs above Crab Creek Coulee, near Beverly.