Washington State's Southeastern Region

Known for its fertile rolling hills and land-grant universities, the southeastern region has more to offer than just amber waves of grain.

In 2009 Tyler Bradt set the world record for the highest waterfall run, diving a daring 189 feet down Palouse Falls.

Washington State University in Pullman is home to a sloth of grizzly bears, living in a roomy 2.2-acre research enclosure.

In August, Pullman also hosts the annual National Lentil Festival, a great legume-centered celebration involving lots and lots of lentil chili.

Colfax, population 2,000, is home to the Codger Pole, the tallest chainsaw carving in the world.

There are six little stone houses in LaCrosse, built more than 70 years ago and still standing—one of them is even occupied.

Erected in 1904, Uniontown’s St. Boniface Catholic Church was the first consecrated church in the state, and it still holds all the original stained-glass windows, altars, paintings, and pews.

The 25-foot tall Steptoe Battlefield Monument, set on a hill overlooking Rosalia, marks the location of the last Indian victory over the U.S. Army, in 1858.

Just north of Uniontown is Dahmen Barn, a dairy barn transformed into studio and performing space for local artists, surrounded by a 1,000-wagon-wheel fence.

—Anne Larkin