Pasco is a city in the Columbia River Plateau in Washington State. Pasco together with Kennewick and Richland are known as the "Tri-Cities" of Washington.

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1 Tri-Cities Airport (PSC IATA) (3601 N 20th Ave) is the major airport for the Tri-Cities (Pasco, Kennewick, and Richland), Walla Walla and the Columbia River Basin area 3½ mi (5.6 km) northwest of downtown Pasco. The airport is accessed from I-182/US Hwy 12 at Exit #12B (along N 20th Ave). Major airlines serving the Tri-Cities are:

The Grape Line Bus operates regularly scheduled (bus) service to Walla Walla from the airport via Amtrak/Greyhound station in Pasco (see below under By bus) while Ben Franklin Transit (local public transportation company) operates a taxi feeder (on contract with Tri City Taxi) to the 22nd Ave Transit Center in Pasco for connections to their fixed route buses. See this link for a list of car rental companies at the airport (recommended) and local taxi companies for door to door service.

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See also: Rail travel in the United States

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Except for Fronteras del Norte which has its own bus station, the bus station for the other long distance buses is at the Pasco Intermodal Train Station at 531 N 1st Ave. See below:

  • Fronteras del Norte, (bus station) 202 S 4th St (W Columbia and S 4th St), +1 509 545-6161. Connects Pasco, Sunnyside & Yakima WA in eastern Washington (state) to Los Angeles and the Mexican border in San Ysidro in Southern California via Portland, OR.
  • Greyhound, (bus stop) Intermodal Station @ 535 N 1st Ave, +1 509 547-3151, toll-free: +1-800-231-2222. Travels on Interstate 90/82 (Seattle, Ellensburg, Sunnyside, Pasco and Stanfield/Hermiston OR at I-84) and I-84/US 395/I-90 (Portland, Hood River, The Dalles, Pasco and Spokane). Greyhound no longer goes to Walla Walla but does sell ownward tickets on the Grapeline bus to Walla Walla (See below).
  • Travel Washington Grape Line & Amtrak Thruway (operated by Bellaire Charters), (bus stops) Intermodal Station @ 535 N 1st Ave; Tri-Cities Airport; Pasco Transit Center on N 22nd, +1 509 529-7442, toll-free: +1-877-433-4775. It goes east along US Hwy 12 to Walla Walla.

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  • 3 Ben Franklin Transit, 22nd Ave Transit Center (N 22nd Ave between W Sylvester & Park Ave, behind Supermex), +1 509 735-5100. M-F 6AM-10PM; Sa 7AM-10PM; Su 8AM-6PM. Operates fixed route buses within the Tri Cities area and to Benton City, West Richland and Prosser. They also offer a dial a ride taxi feeder service to/through areas not served by regular buses from designated bus stops and/or outside of fixed schedules. $1.50 cash fare.

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  • 1 Gesa Stadium, 6200 Burden (NE of the I-182/US-12 junction w/ N Road 68 (Exit #9). Burden Blvd & Homerun Rd), +1 509 544-8789. Featuring the Tri-City Dust Devils.    
  • 2 HAPO Center, 6600 Burden Blvd (NE of the I-182/US-12 junction w/ N Road 68 (Exit #9). Burden Blvd & Convention Pl, Next to Gesa Stadium), +1 509 543-2999, fax: +1 509 543-2998. M-F 8AM-5PM. Expo center.
  • 3 Franklin County Historical Society and Museum, 305 N. 4th (N 4th & W Bonneville St), +1 509 547-3714, fax: +1 509 545-2168. Tu–F noon – 4PM.
  • 4 Sacajawea Historical State Park, 2503 Sacajawea Park Rd, +1 509 545-2361. March 31 – November 1: 10AM-5PM daily. Sacajawea State Park is a 284-acre inland waters, day-use park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. It features 9,100 feet of freshwater shoreline. The area is spread out with a big sky and excellent views of the two rivers as they flow together. $10–30 motor-vehicle access fee.    
  • 5 McNary National Wildlife Refuge, Administration Office @ 64 Maple Street, Burbank (a few miles southeast of Pasco on US 12), +1 509 547-4942. A haven for migrating birds. Trails and education center.    
  • Pasco Aviation Museum, 4022 Stearman Ave, Pasco WA (Go North on 4th ave past the highway/freeway onramps.), +1 509 521-7117. Saturday, 10 AM-4 PM. Historic information about the history and connections of Aviation to the site. Adult:$10; Senior/Youth: $5.00.

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  • 1 Chinese Gardens, 1520 N. 4th (N 4th & W Ruby), +1 509 545-6324. M - Sa 11AM to 10PM, Su noon to 10PM.
  • 2 Lee's Tahitian, 2724 W. Lewis (W Lewis & N 28th, first exit from US-395 going north after crossing the Columbia River from Kennewick), +1 509 380-0398.

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  • Yakima is a quick drive northwest on I-82.
  • The Columbia River Gorge is half an hour south, drivable on the north side along SR-14, and the south (Oregon) side along I-84.
Routes through Pasco
PortlandVancouver  W   E  SpokaneMinot
YakimaRichland  W   E  → Wallula → Walla Walla
SpokaneRitzville  N   S  KennewickBurns

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