If you are into outdoor adventures, Grand Coulee, Washington, may be your kind of place.
Your itinerary can include:
- visiting the Grand Coulee Dam with a seasonal laser light show
- fishing for rainbow trout and kokanee salmon in Lake Roosevelt
- hunting animals with fur, horns or feathers
- competing in the annual Grand Columbia Triathalon (with super and ultra versions if you want to overachieve)
Only about four hours drive east of Seattle, it’s worth a visit.
Roadtrip down the startingly beautiful Coulee Corridor Scenic Highway to visit Dry Falls, the remnants of the world’s largest waterfall (ten times the size of Niagra Falls).
Local dining in Grand Coulee
During our weeklong visit for a family matter, we explored the town’s tiny dining scene, and thoroughly enjoyed the options. Note: Police officers liked to dine at these locations as well.
- Flo’s Cafe may be the only breakfast joint in town, but it had the perfection of a small town diner. Patsy or Emily take the orders, cook the meals, serve the food and bus the tables starting at 5 a.m. Regulars (anyone who has been there more than once) go behind the counter, get their own coffee and take the pot around the dining room to top off everyone else’s coffee mugs.
- Pepper Jack Bar and Grill was our coffee and lunch break spot. It reminded me of a vintage steak house, with pleasingly saggy vinyl upholstered booths, individual slices of pie and cheery waitresses.
- Lapresa Mexican Restaurant had attentive servers, primary colored decor and classic fare. We did not try out the karaoke set-up.
- Fusion Cafe is technically in nearby Electric City, but it was the best restaurant we tried based on menu options, fresh ingredients and culinary execution. It could hold its own in any size city. We went twice for homemade soups like cream of tomato, leek and mushroom; Thai chicken wraps; salads topped with pears and walnuts; and moist carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
- Hometown Pizza offered tasty pizzas, hefty calzones and fresh salads.