Known foremost as the home to Washington State University, Pullman is nestled in the heart of Palouse Country. The flourishing university crowd adds to the cultural diversity of Pullman, creating a surprisingly hip vibe for a rural city. Grab a bite at one of the city’s gourmet bistro or opt for an affordable deli or buffet, then sample some of the area’s local wines and microbrews.
Pullman has the modest but devoted art scene one might expect from a college town. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has a rotating collection of artists and exhibits, and installations showcasing the work of WSU students can always be found on campus. A well-rounded cultural tour also should include stops at the Museum of Anthropology, a cruise through the Jacklin Collection Museum, and a visit to the Nez Perce Music Archive. Learn the history of the native horse at the Appaloosa Horse Museum, and take a trip to the WSU Bear Center — the only research center of its kind in the United States — where visitors can view grizzly bears foraging or playing in the exercise yard, splashing in their pool, or lounging in their outside runs.
If walking around campus isn't enough of a hike, rent a bike and hit the Riverwalk Trail system. Seven miles of paved trails through downtown Pullman connect to the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail, a path that takes you all the way to Moscow, Idaho, and beyond. With more than 35 miles of trails to choose from, you’re sure to find one to suit you.
Pullman is 36 miles north of Clarkston and 66 miles south of Spokane.