Pullman, home to Washington State University, sits tucked away between rolling hills and undulating wheat fields at the heart of Palouse Country. The thriving collegiate part of the population lends to Pullman's cultural diversity and gives this rural city a hip and current vibe that segues surprisingly well with the town's agrarian roots. Gourmet bistros rub elbows here with bars, buffets and budget delis, an assortment of regional wines and micro-brews on hand to wash it all down; walk off dinner on quiet back country roads, winding through gently sculpted hills and past old grinding mills, now deserted and decrepit but part of this destination's distinct charm.
In addition to its scenic location, Pullman has the modest but sincere art scene one might expect of a petit college town. The Museum of Art is small, but has a permanent collection of American artists, and there is always one installation or another on campus showcasing works by WSU students, including a cell phone guided walking art tour of the campus. A good cultural tour will also include a stop in at the Museum of Anthropology, a cruise through the Jacklin Collection, a nod to the Nez Perce Music Archive, learn the history of the native horse at the Appaloosa Horse Museum and a trip to the bear research facility on the east side of campus where visitors can view grizzlies and black bears, part of ongoing research, from the safe-side of the fence.
If walking campus isn't enough of a hike, rent a bike and head for the Riverwalk Trail system. Seven miles of paved trails through downtown Pullman connect to the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, a path that goes all the way to Moscow, Idaho and beyond. With over 35 miles of trails, you’re sure to get a work out.
Pullman is 36 miles north of Clarkston and 66 miles south of Spokane.