Palouse Farmland

Choose your adventure on the palouse

By Britnee Christen

Hailed as the “Tuscany of America,” the Palouse region is home to rich, rolling farmlands famous for its vivid colors and incredible contrasts.  Whether you’re a photographer or a visitor looking to drive the byway, there are plenty of adventures to be had on the Palouse. 

Take a drive and explore 208-miles of scenic roadways and charming communities along the Palouse Scenic Byway.

Palouse in Morning Light

The Palouse region is over 3,000 miles in size and filled with distinctive geological formations created millions of years ago by volcanic activity, the Great Missoula Flood and prehistoric wind-storms.  These environmental events created the landscape many call home and rely on for production of wheat, pulses, canola and much more.

There are many opportunities to explore the natural landscapes of the Palouse.  Wiggle your toes in the sand at the dunes, bike the 38-miles of paved trails or play a round of golf at one of seven golf courses.  Visitors interested in hiking can get out and stretch their legs on the trails of Kamiak Butte or Steptoe Butte.  Make it to the top and find yourself enjoying a 360-degree view of the rolling hills of the Palouse.

Steptoe Butte

Most who explore the Palouse region make Pullman, Washington their home base for adventure.  Pullman is home to Washington State University and a vibrant community of locals with a passion for their region.  While in Pullman enjoy local craft beer and wine, dine on menus created with local foods and maybe even take in a live show at one of the local theatres. 

Pullman also serves as the hub for the Palouse Scenic Byway.  Take a drive and explore 208-miles of scenic roadways and charming communities.  Enjoy delicious foods and a charming community in Palouse, snap a photo of the iconic Dahmen Barn wagon wheel fence, or stroll down memory lane at the vintage Texaco Station in Rosalia.  

Washington State University

Washington State University in Pullman.

WSU Hay Bales - School spirit!

WSU school spirit bale board. Go cougs!

Other points of interest along the Palouse Scenic Byway include the Codger Pole in Colfax, the Mammoth Archaeological Site in Latah, the J.C. Barron Flour Mill in Oakesdale, the litch gate at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Palouse and the WSU Grizzly Bear Research Facility in Pullman.

So why not come and explore?  Get lost amongst the hills on the Palouse Scenic Byway or take in a PAC-12 football game at Martin Stadium in Pullman.  Find hidden treasures while antiquing and enjoy a delicious lunch at a local bakery.  Don’t forget to grab the camera and capture your perfect moment on the Palouse.

There is lots to explore here on the Palouse, so, what adventure will you choose?

Harvest Moon over Palouse barn