xConnectNW 116 - Visit the Tri-Cities
Online Version: Destiny Liley, Associate Producer
Posted: Monday, March 23, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
Kim Shugart, Senior Vice-President of the Visit Tri-Cities, discussed activities visitors can enjoy while in the Tri-Cities region. Shugart said, “One of our best attributes that we have is that we are so diverse.” Visitors can have a great time all year-round, and that is something that Shugart believes makes the Tri-Cities region so special.
The Tri-Cities region is known for authentic grape growing and wine and there are other activities that younger visitors can enjoy as well. Visitors of all ages can go kayaking, paddle-boarding, biking and jet boating along the Columbia River which runs through the region. Visitors can also participate in more adventurous activities such as horseback and carousel riding. Other tourist attractions include Sacajawea State Park, Heritage Trail, Badger Mountain, chocolate factories, and amusements parks.
With so many activities to participate in all year-round, Tri-Cities tourism brings in $392 million dollars a year with funding going to national parks, and the golf and wine industries. Finding a place to stay would be no issue as there are many options for travelers of all budgets. “We’re adding 5 hotels and 600 guest rooms,” Shugart said. “Anytime is a good time to get away from the hubbub and traffic,” which makes anytime the best time to visit the Tri-Cities area Shugart said.