Coulee Corridor Bird-Watching
Wildlife spotting in northeastern Washington.
This area of interlinked wildlife preserves in northeastern Washington is home to thousands of migrating birds—in all, more than half of the state’s 346 bird species. Wander among the sagebrush, basalt cliffs, and grasses, and you can expect to find black-crowned night herons and great egrets (both of which nest here in the summer), bald eagles (in the winter) and, in the spring, 25,000 sandhill cranes. For the most variety of restaurants and hotels, head to the Tri-Cities area south of Othello.
1 Columbia National Wildlife Refuge
In between golden eagle and yellow-headed blackbird sightings, keep an eye out for beavers, moose, and coyotes. You can canoe or kayak the estuary between Hutchinson and Shriner lakes.
Straightforward but satisfying Italian-inflected Pacific Northwest dishes are paired with Washington wines at this riverside venue.
3 Cave B Inn at Sagecliffe
A dramatic winery resort with low-slung mini-villas built along a cliff side.
4 Potholes State Park
Just a few miles off the Coulee Corridor, this 640-acre park makes a great spot for a picnic, a boat ride on the freshwater reservoir, and, of course, the bird watching for which the area is known.