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The Tri-Cities is a metropolitan area in the southeastern part of Washington, consisting of Benton and Franklin counties. The cities of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland make up the principal cities for the metropolitan area and are located at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers.
As of April 1, 2009, the population of the bi-county metropolitan area was estimated at around 242,000 by the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Forecasting Division. If the Tri-Cities were a single city, it would be the fourth largest city in the state of Washington, just behind Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma. The Tri-Cities Airport, located in the city of Pasco (in Franklin County), provides the region with commercial and private air service.
|300 Days of Sun
Residents here enjoy 300 sun-filled days and a year-round outdoor paradise where river action abounds on the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers. All three cities offer a number of free boat launch sites, and the size of the river itself creates ample space for fishing, surface water sports, and sailing. Recreational and sports enthusiasts love the Tri-Cities for it's many available outdoor activites and opportunities. Golfers too find the area's ten beautiful courses a challenge for even the most experienced pro, but enjoyable by the beginner as well.
Kennewick's Columbia Park is the largest park in the Tri-Cities. Bordering several miles of the Columbia River, it is run by the Kennewick Parks and Recreation Department. Within the park, there is a popular golf course, duck and fishing ponds, and a playground known as the Playground of Dreams.
|Washington Wine Country
After savoring just one of the local premium wines, visitors will understand why the area has been called the "Heart of Washington Wine Country". The Tri-Cities boasts more than 160 wineries within a 60-mile radius, and produce some of the finest wines in the region and the world.