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Palouse means “green grassland,” and was named by French fur trappers from Canada, the first to settle the area. Today, much of that green grassland is planted with wheat, and of course, the sweet onions the region’s biggest city is known for.
Walla Walla is also known for its lovely, walkable downtown, cafes and art galleries, and locally-produced wine.
Walla Walla has totally arrived as a wine country destination for travelers; dozens of wineries and vineyards have cropped up here over the past decade. Savvy wine tasters followed, and so have upscale dining, inns and B&Bs. To the east of Walla Walla are camping and recreational opportunities in the Blue Mountains and Hells Canyon beyond. Also in this region is the town of Pullman, home of Washington State University.