Welcome to Northeastern Washington
Bordered by Canada to the north and Idaho to the east, northeastern Washington is dominated by the understated yet populous city of Spokane, and is internationally famous for producing one of the 20th century's greatest engineering marvels: the gargantuan Grand Coulee Dam. However, the region is little visited and only a few small towns scatter the protected hills and boreal pine forests of the Okanogan and Colville National Forests. Climatically, the northeast is a transition zone, with a dry belt running immediately east of the Cascade Mountains, while wetter, more humid air seeps into the verdant Kettle River and Selkirk Mountain ranges closer to Idaho. This precipitous region marks Washington's only real incursion into the Rocky Mountains.