The 1200-mile-long Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America and is at the heart of the valley providing electricity, transportation, shipping and recreation just to name a few. The Columbia River temple is located in Richland, one of the tri-cities, (along with Kennewick and Pasco) which is situated along the junction of the Columbia River, where it connects with the Snake and Yakima Rivers. Due to the proximity of the rivers and the favorable weather patterns in the area, this mid-sized community is perfectly suited for all kinds of recreation and aquatic activities, including boating, fishing, water sports, sailing, swimming, hiking, camping and golfing.
The first Mormon branch in Washington was organized near Tacoma on December 24, 1899 with just over 20 members. During World War II an influx of members came to Washington to work in defense industries. One of the most well-known production plants is the Hanford Site, which was the home of the B Reactor. he completion of the Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River in the early 1940s opened the way for additional farming in the Columbia River Basin, and many members flocked to the state to farm. The temple in Richland is beautiful, built up in multiple levels and featuring ornamental columns, one of which is topped with Angel Moroni. The statue is one of the fifth versions designs. The grounds also feature a lovely cascading water feature.
Take a nice walk along the Richland Riverfront Trail, hike through a multitude of habitats at Chamna Nature Preserve or enjoy a leisurely afternoon at Howard Amon Park. Let the kids explore at the The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (Formerly CREHST). Or, try something new and experience a jet boat ride on the Columbia River.
Sit down for a nice dinner in an authentic railroad car at Monterosso's. Savor tasty Mexican food at Chapala Express. If Surf-N-Turf is more your style, try Italian favorites at Fat Olive's Restaurant. An elegant dinner for lovers of seafood, can be found at Anthony's HomePort Columbia Point. For breakfast or a treat anytime of day, get a tasty spudnut at The Spudnut Shop. If you would rather have a cold dessert, go for ice cream at Rosy's Ice Cream & Diner, but skip the bland food.