Our favorite is to drive to Vancouver, British Columbia, viewing the art exhibits and Museum of Anthropology, then to the gaslight area of downtown Vancouver. People are extremely friendly there.
Then we drive back across southern British Columbia, through Osoyoos, a lesser known Canadian summer resort, then down through Spokane to see the anthropological museum there, then back home to the Tri-Cities.
This is our favorite northwest visit.
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-- RON WEED, Kennewick
Keep it close
My favorite Northwest getaway is hiking the neighboring hills and fishing our local rivers. It is birding at the three rivers confluence and taking Sunday drives out through the vineyards and orchards and farms, which lie close to us. My weekend getaway is staying right here, in our beautiful, richly diversified home.
-- RICHARD OLSEN, Prosser
My Tri-City family has for many years met annually at Williams Lake Resort. We usually booked far ahead and took over the whole resort. We had enough family members to rent all of the cabins.
I've since moved to Clarkston to be near more daughters, but still keep in contact, and my son in New Mexico informed me on Father's Day that they are planning to go to Williams sometime in September. I can't wait.
-- ROBERT V. BATTERTON, Clarkston
Can't name just one
My favorite getaways include, Eagle Creek, Ore. (The cave behind nearby Upper Horsetail falls is a hidden treasure), Beacon Rock (be sure to do the exhilarating climb to the top), Joseph, Ore., Upper Palouse falls (which is comparable to Multnomah or Snoqualmie falls), Iron Mike's carbonated spring, Skamania Lodge, ice caves, and hot-springs (mostly around Stevenson, and White Salmon), Driving through the Big Lava Bed (north of Carson) feels like you are driving on the surface of another planet.
Skagit River is where you can easily see a dozen eagles in their natural habitat. Lake Quinalt and Col. Bob's Wilderness (named after a favorite author of mine, Robert Ingersol), San Juan Islands, Flaming Geyser State Park and Camp Wooten on the Tucannon River.
Cities have their own appeal, and these include Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, British Columbia. (All liberal, but an occasional political environment change is nice).
My wife likes Sisters Ore., particularly during their quilt show (more than 10,000 on display). Richland's Howard Amon Park, Badger Mountain, and I hope soon, the top of Rattlesnake Mountain (Stunning!, I have been to the top for job duties.)
-- D.L. (ANDERSON, Richland
I can let my three grandchildren answer this question. They visit us once a year for two weeks, and this is their eighth year. They have been to many places -- Spokane, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Seattle, Tennessee, Bonaire, Los Angeles and Richland.
Every year I ask them their favorite "camp" site, and they say in unison: "Richland."
Four things make this this their favorite spot, in no particular order. They can safely ride their bicycles just about anywhere they want. They love playing in Howard Amon Park and walking the river. They love living near the river.
But when I say to them "Why Richland?" The first thing they say, again in unison, is Rosy's Ice Cream and Diner)! They run an open tab at Rosy's Ice Cream and Diner.
-- MACK JONES, Richland
Rock hound paradise
One of my favorite "weekend" getaways is Blewett Pass. Having camped up above the old town of Liberty, I love the ride up to Lions Rock, Cougar Gulch and Red Top Mountain for the geology. Digging for geodes or camping near my favorite abandoned gold mine (secret location), I am never bored with the incredible views of the Teanaway Ridge or riding my motorcycle through the Swauk Prairie area.
There are old abandon mines and excellent forest service roads for all rock hound enthusiasts. I have found many treasures, including crystals, copper, quartz, geodes, and what I deem as "pretty rocks." The wildlife is awesome and great for photography enthusiasts as well.
-- LORENA SWIFT, Richland
The Oregon Coast between September and January. Manzanita or Pacific City are the best for us.
Good accommodations, great food, room for our dogs to run and mostly no people. The water is cold, the storms are beautiful, the animals and sea creatures are plentiful.
The natives are good people and treat you with quiet dignity. Just a wonderful place to be with those you love, spending quiet times reflecting on the past and the future and having our sons and daughters and grandchildren come and spend a little time playing in the ocean.
-- L. PERKINS, Richland