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Columbia Valley - Walla Walla, Yakima, etc

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I've done quite a couple searches and have come up short with newer information regarding Columbia Valley.

My wife and I are heading to both Portland and Seattle for 2 weeks mid June, and would like some recs on where (location) to stay and how much time we should spend around Walla Walla, Tri Cities, and Yakima.

Would you recommend using Tri Cities area as a hub and drive the 45 mins or so to Yakima and Walla Walla wineries, or should we spend a night or so in each place? Do you think one area is much better than another? Dining and Winery recs would be welcome as well. Thank you in advance.

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  1. Stayed with my wife and in-laws 2 years ago at Americas Best Value Inn close to downtown. Half the price of the Marcus Whitman Hotel which has a great historic bar/ dining area. We had a great time
    Kirkman House Museum, winery tasting rooms and downtown shopping and eating.
    Personally I would stay in Walla Walla as it is a small city/town with easy walking access. Fort Walla Walla is a fun visit also the Marcus Whitman Mission National Park site where the early missionaries were massacred is a good visit a little out of town.
    Just read about an "Atomic" tour of the Hanford Reactor complex in the Tri Cities if you are interested. I think one or two nights is all you would need in Walla Walla.
    You could go north and spend a night at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane before heading back to the coast.
    Have fun, the inland empire of the northwest is beautiful and uncrowded, if you head north check out Palouse Falls