Links of Interest
- Tri-City Visitor & Convention Bureau
- TRAC Complex
- Three Rivers Convention Center
- Benton City
- Healthcare Facilities
300 days of sunshine a year
Benton City is a small town of 2,800 people. It is located in the Eastern Washington sage “desert” area, but is in a fertile, green bend of the Yakima River. The climate boasts long Indian summers and moderate winters, with an average of 300 days of sunshine a year.
Privately-owned large and small irrigated orchards, vineyards, hayfields, pastures, and acreages are abundant in and around Benton City. It overlooks the Red Mountain vineyards and wineries to the west, a world-renowned, high-quality appellation and viticulture area. To the south is Horse Heaven Hills that gracefully slope down to the river and apple orchards. Rattlesnake Mountain, the highest North American treeless mountain, with a large herd of elk and deer, is to the north.
This small town offers some amazing fishing and water sport opportunities with its close proximity to three rivers. The Columbia and Snake Rivers converge with the Yakima River only a few miles from Benton City. There are over 30 horse-roping arenas, public fishing, a boat ramp, wildlife/fishing/bicycle trails, a rodeo grounds, a mud bog race area, a native plants nursery, a shooting range, a miniature aircraft flying area, and the Horn Rapids campground near Native American fish platforms.
Benton City has a new library, a medical clinic under Prosser Memorial Hospital, well-groomed schools (with full sports, performing arts, and FFA programs), many churches, a volunteer fire department, and an industrial park.
Activities include Benton City Daze, Winter Fest with lighted Christmas parade, Fourth of July activities with extensive fireworks, an annual city-wide yard sale, car and motorcycle shows, mud bog races, craft shows in the park, Hispanic food events, Easter egg hunts, and so much more. There are also many recreational and cultural activities and business availabilities in the nearby metropolitan Tri-Cities.
West Richland begins about 8 miles east of Benton City, and joins theTri-Cities (Kennewick, Richland, and Pasco). There are many shopping centers, two multiple screen movie theatres, baseball and hockey teams, golf courses, three regional newspapers, and many TV and radio stations, etc. The airport is in Pasco, Franklin County, approximately 20 miles to the east of Benton City.