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Central Washington is jam-packed with coal mining, railroad, timber, agriculture, education and many more intriguing topics. Visit a wide variety of museums and historical sites that have emerged to pay tribute to these topics. Countless captivating stories, rich cultural backgrounds and intriguing historic sites can be found in Central Washington. Discover Central Washington's history today!

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Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park
4511 Huntzinger Rd.
Vantage, WA 98950
Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park is the highlight for many of families as they travel through Eastern Washington.  The great displays of petrified wood and Native American petroglyphs, the magnificent vistas of the Columbia River, historic buildings, and the park make this a place to come back again and again.

Just up the road lies the Ginkgo State Park Interpretive Trails which takes you through short winding trails with petrified wood in its natural state.  This is one of the most unique fossil forests that exists in the world with artifacts dating back thirteen to seventeen million years.


Summer 6:30 AM - Dusk
November 1 - March 1: Weekends and Holidays 8:00 AM - Dusk

Wanapum Dam and Tourist Center
Artifacts, photos and art provide an interesting and educational insight into the lives of Native Americans, fur traders, soldiers, miners and ranchers. Public viewing of the dam's powerhouse, generator gallery,  509754-3541 or 509-764-0500
and fish viewing room is available. Arrange group visits in advance. 

Take I-90 east to Vantage at Exit #136. Cross the Columbia River and turn south onto Highway 243. 

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