An Unplugged Getaway in the Tri-Cities

Pictured: Yoga in Howard Amon Park in Richland
Credit: State of Washington Tourism

Mental health is the foundation of overall wellbeing. One of the best ways to support mental health is to escape routine, destress and explore. So, what if you approached traveling with a different focus, immersing your mind, body, and soul into a community? A trip based on health, fitness, and wellness. In recognition of Mental Health Awareness month, we encourage you to drop your devices and have a relaxing few days in the sun.

Plan a weekend getaway in the Tri-Cities (check out the below itinerary!) that will fill your cup, mentally and physically. The Tri-Cities offers a range of ways to get your body moving and your mind clear. So, layer on that SPF because with 300 days of sunshine per year in the Tri-Cities, you will be absorbing vitamin D while exploring wide-open spaces.

Day 1

Early Afternoon
Check into one of our many riverfront hotels in the Tri-Cities, such as the Hampton Inn Richland, Homewood Suites or The Lodge at Columbia Point. All three hotels offer a relaxing place to call home for the weekend, conveniently connected to riverfront trails, and opportunities to walk or bike to multiple parks where you can participate in a yoga class or just relax.

3 p.m.

Once you’re checked in and settled into your room, book a spa appointment to unwind from a day of travel. Rehydrate your skin with a facial or deep tissue massage to release all the tension in your body and mind.

7 p.m.
Columbia Point has a casual and relaxed marina with stunning views and offers a variety of local restaurants. Lulu’s Craft Bar + Kitchen has a vibrant atmosphere and serves a farm-fresh dining experience. During the summer months, the sunsets between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. in the Tri-Cities and Lulu’s is known for having one of the best patios to enjoy a spectacular sunset, so sit back, relax and savor the flavors from their fresh menu, a glass of award-winning local wine.

Day 2

8 a.m.
Enjoy a leisurely morning with coffee on your riverside balcony before heading downstairs to enjoy breakfast. You will need to fuel your body for a day of outdoor activity, connecting with the environment and spending time in the sun.

9:30 a.m.

Experience Tri-Cities at new heights with a hike up Candy Mountain. A morning hike in Richland offers the opportunity to breathe in the fresh morning air, soak up some sun rays and enjoy your hike. You will be reward with breathtaking views of the Tri-Cities scenic landscape.

11 a.m.
Following your Candy Mountain hike, stop at Ray French Orchard to pick fresh fruit. Grab a bucket and head down the perfect row of ripe fruit trees to gather those cherries, peaches or apples- depending on which month you are visiting Tri-Cities. Cherries in June, Peaches in August, and Apples in July through October! A fresh, sweet treat right off the branch!

12:30 p.m.

Stop and have a treat in the Parkway in Richland, choose from a number of local restaurants including OhSushi, Frost Me Sweet Bakery & Bistro, Soi 705, or Casa Mia. Explore the charming shops before grabbing an ice cream at Amethyst Creamery.

2 p.m.
After a nourishing lunch, it’s time to get back out on the trails. Pick up an electric bike at Pedego Electric Bikes or Greenies in Richland and pedal to the Richland Riverfront Trail. The Richland Riverfront Trail connects to the Sacagawea Heritage Trail, a 23-mile paved loop that connects Kennewick, Pasco and Richland for a riverside ride with gorgeous views.

5.30 p.m.
Enjoy fresh, made-from-scratch seasonal dishes at Dovetail Joint in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center. Share small plates inspired by the Mediterranean, Italy, Spain, North Africa, the Middle East and beyond to feel sated.

7 p.m.

The evenings are for unwinding and entertainment. Enjoy live music at a variety of venues throughout the Tri-Cities. Or enjoy a live theatre experience with the Richland Players Theatre. Productions are held in a historic and charming theatre that has been providing entertainment in the form of the arts for the Tri-Cities for 75 years.

Day 3

9 a.m.
Enjoy a sweet, light and fluffy breakfast from local favorite Viera’s Bakery in Downtown Pasco. From donuts, to muffins, to banana breads to guava empanadas. The selection of cultural treats and pastries is off the charts amazing. Pasco has a lot to choose from if you are looking for authentic Mexican cuisine. Stroll through the Downtown Pasco Farmers’ Market in nearby Peanuts Park to stock up on fresh, snackable produce and handcrafted specialty items.

11 a.m.

From Downtown Pasco cross the iconic cable bridge into Kennewick to trapeze yoga—yes trapeze yoga. Reach inner bliss midair in an outdoor yoga studio. You will leave refreshed and centered. Or continue to Howard Amon Park in Richland to enjoy vinyasas along the Columbia River.

2 p.m.
The Tri-Cities is home to three rivers (Columbia, Snake and Yakima) where you can escape to paddleboard, kayak or boat. Enjoy an afternoon paddling as leisurely as you’d like, relaxing with the sound of river water and spying wildlife along the shoreline.

6 p.m.

Dine ON the water with the Water2Wine Cruises’ luxury motor yacht. Where you can enjoy a meal, cocktails, and Columbia River views of the city skylines, sunsets and the stars

Day 4

Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing. Bookmark for all of your trip planning.

Tri-IDEAs is a program exploring and celebrating Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility through tourism in the Tri-Cities.

At Visit Tri-Cities, we believe travel is transformative on multiple levels. Exploring new destinations exposes us to different ideas, cultures, history, heritages and people. Through Tri-IDEAs, Visit Tri-Cities will connect with local business owners, community leaders, event organizers, residents and more to highlight, share and celebrate the diversity of the Tri-Cities that can be experienced through travel and tourism activities.