President's Message

Winter is slowly fading, which means the Tri-Cities is gearing up for our most popular season. The Tri-Cities really does shine in the spring. First, spring arrives here a little earlier than other areas in the Pacific Northwest. The days are frequently sunny and very pleasant for enjoying the great outdoors or getting a jump on the upcoming vintages of world class wine which are unveiled during Spring Barrel Tasting.

I’m am very excited to announce that under Outdoor Recreation, there are some promising developments taking place. Hiking and biking are very popular here, especially the Badger Mountain Trail. Just last month the Friends of Badger Mountain, the group that has led the charge for securing public access to area ridgelines, received funding which will allow them to purchase additional parcels of land that will extend the trail from Badger Mountain to Little Badger Mountain. Once completed visitors will be able to enjoy incredible vistas from multiple vantage points in the Tri-Cities.  The extended trail is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.

For more advanced hikers, the spring is the perfect time to hike McBee. McBee trail is quickly gaining popularity as a short but strenuous outing. The hike is only two miles round trip but gains 1,180 feet of altitude from the trail head to the top. The trailhead is located at a popular local winery, so hikers can reward themselves by sitting on the patio, taking in the view, sipping wine and enjoying gourmet goodies while they recover.

The Columbia River is still a little cold for some water sports in the spring but kayaking or enjoying a dinner cruise are still great ways to get out on the water. Or you might consider strapping on your helmet and enjoying a road cycling adventure along the Columbia River on the 23 mile paved Sacagawea Heritage Trail.  Of course, if cycling is your thing, we encourage you to look into the miles of single track and double track mountain biking trails throughout our region.

And even better, summer is right around the corner, so make plans now to Be More Cool, and come experience all the Tri-Cities has to offer.

Michael Novakovich

President & CEO, Visit TRI-CITIES