Drive through a stunning network of basalt canyons and dramatic lakes
The Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway will take you on a journey through unforgettable landscapes. Following the Columbia River’s prehistoric flood path in central Washington, this area will delight you with its intricate network of basalt cliffs, shimmering lakes and green farmland. Cruise along this 150-mile scenic drive to learn about local history at fascinating museums, partake in infinite outdoor opportunities in several state parks.
Experience Native American History
Starting in the town of Omak, the byway goes east on WA-155 past the Colville Indian Reservation. Here, you can visit the memorial of Chief Joseph, the famous 19th-century leader of the Nez Perce tribe who defied the U.S. government. Not far away is the Grand Coulee Dam, which impounds the Columbia River. Soaring 550 feet and stretching almost a mile long, the dam is the largest power station in the U.S. and one of the largest concrete structures in the world. Take a complimentary guided tour from July to September to see the massive pumps that move water from Lake Roosevelt to the Columbia Basin Project.
The Great Outdoors Awaits
Rivaling the Grand Coulee Dam in sheer grandeur is Steamboat Rock State Park, just 15 miles southwest of the dam. Nestled along Banks Lake, this state park has seven boat ramps and 320 feet of dock, making it the perfect destination for swimming, fishing and water sports.
Falls and Caves
For more outdoor thrills, head 28 miles south to Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park. Dry Falls was once a waterfall three-and-a-half times the size of Niagara Falls. Today, it’s a 3.5-mile-wide cliff that overlooks a desert paradise chock-full of serene lakes and wildlife species including eagles, falcons, waterfowl and deer.
Moses Lake is in close vicinity of Soap Lake — reputed for its healing powers — and worth a stopover if you’re looking for more outdoor recreation.
Explore Historic Towns
Finish your road trip off by admiring many historic buildings in quaint towns throughout the Coulee Corridor. Built in 1912, the Old Hotel in Othello is the town’s last original commercial building and now serves as an art gallery and café. You’ll also find many historic murals in the nearby towns of Connell, Warden and Moses Lake.
For More Information
Coulee Corridor Consortium
Washington Tourism Alliance