Grand Coulee Dam, Dry Falls & Private Farm (Time: 7 ½ hours)
Travel through farm country to Grand Coulee Dam, one of the world's largest concrete structures. Here, tour the Visitors Center, enjoy the film documenting the building of the dam and then ride the incline elevator down into the power house. Next enjoy lunch followed by a stop at Dry Falls. See the skeleton of one of the greatest waterfalls in geological history. By comparison, Niagara Falls would have been dwarfed by Dry Falls. Our last stop is a private farm (farm depends on time of year).
Growing Attractions - Green Bluff Orchards & Arbor Crest Wine Cellars (Time: 4 hours)
Washington apples are famous for their fine quality and today you'll have the opportunity to tour the unique area of Green Bluff with 700 acres of orchards. Stop at a fruit ranch for freshly-baked fruit pie on a deck overlooking the orchards followed by a ride through the orchards on the Fruit Loop Express. Next, it's off to the Cliff House, once home of an inventor and now the home of Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. The grounds are as unique as the inventor was and after the wine tasting, we'll tour the grounds and tell some stories about Mr. Riblet. The home, a national historic landmark, is perched on a rock 450 feet above the river and gives a panoramic view of the countryside, a perfect setting for wine tasting.
A Paradise Called the Palouse (Time: 8 hours)
Head south from Spokane to the top of Steptoe Butte for a tremendous view of the Palouse, the richest soft white wheat producing area in the world. From this perspective, the fields look like a big patchwork quilt. In Pullman, visit Washington State University, one of the nation's leading universities in agricultural-related research and education. The University opened its doors in 1892. Hear a presentation by a professor from WSU about one of the areas of agricultural interests. Enjoy lunch at the CUB on campus. Visit the creamery to see how Cougar Gold Cheese is made and have a sample. Then indulge in an ice cream cone or milkshake at Ferdinand's. The creamery is in the forefront of research done in cheese production and allows WSU students to gain work experience in the Food Science field. This is a seasonal option.