Two miles above the 550-foot-high walls of Grand Coulee Dam, America’s largest concrete dam, the town of Grand Coulee is the area’s supply point. The north central Washington town has grocery stores, restaurants and various shops for those that want to hike, bike, boat or fish on the dam’s 155-mile backwater, Lake Roosevelt.
Don’t miss the free laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam, when lights, music and narration tell the history of the spillway. Held nightly late May through September, the best places to catch the show are from the dam’s visitor center or from the park below the visitors center.
Grand Coulee is also known for its year-round calendar of festivals and events. Colorama, a popular hometown festival with rodeos, a carnival and Main Street Parade, takes place in May, while the Harvest Festival, featuring a Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association-sanctioned grilling competition, is held every September.