Eastern Washington Vacation Packages

Discover the hidden side of Washington state in a little-seen land of rolling green hills, historic settlements and cinematic canyons.

Eastern Washington, a beautiful yet little visited side of the state, lies on the opposite side of the Cascade Mountains to Seattle. Take in all the cultural sights of Spokane and trek along walking trails around Columbia River Gorge for an invigorating exploration of an uncrowded corner of the country.

Many of the towns in Eastern Washington were among the first to be settled in the state. Walla Walla, in the south, dates back to the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1805. Gain a greater understanding of the region’s history by visiting the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane. Exhibits cover both the indigenous communities that lived in the area and the pioneers who later settled here.

Linger in Spokane, Washington’s second-most populated city, for museums, fine cuisine and family fun. Take your children to Riverfront Park, where you can ride a gondola over the Spokane Falls and hop on a train for a tour around the 100-acre (40-hectare) park.

The dramatic wilderness of the Columbia Plateau dominates much of the landscape of Eastern Washington. Hike through the Columbia Highlands and use binoculars to try and spot moose, wolverines and bears. Cycle along the Centennial Trail, which runs for 37 miles (60 kilometers) along the Spokane River.

Explore the Palouse, a landscape of green steppes and hills in southeast Washington. Don’t miss Pullman, the home of Washington State University. Sip on local wines in vineyards here and in the valleys around Walla Walla and Tri-Cities.

Take a flight to Spokane International Airport, which offers services to Seattle and other major cities in the U.S. including Portland and Salt Lake City. Rent a car to drive between the natural sights of the region.

Ignore Washington state’s reputation for rain. East of the Cascades is a lot drier and the seasons vary to a greater degree in this part of the state. Visit Eastern Washington for very hot summers and equally cold winters. The region is rarely swamped with tourists, so arrive at any time of year for a peaceful and secluded escape.

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