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The Tri-Cities in Washington are made up of Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. A mid-sized metropolitan area in the Southeast area of the state, they are bordered by the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers. A semi-arid region, they are known for their wine and general scrubland, as opposed to the lush evergreens of the west side of the state. While they don't get as much rain as one would expect in Washington, the winds can get up to 30 miles per hour or worse during certain times of the year. The temperatures range from -10 in the winter to as high as 110 in the summer.
The Tri-cities qualify as cities but lack the traditional look of one. They have no skyscrapers, so their skyline is made up of the natural surroundings. Aside from their wine, they are known for their unpolluted view of the night sky and many hiking locations. Farming is a large industry in the area, taking advantage of the rivers and rich soil.
They are still cities, however, and are a good distance apart. While close together, it's about a 15 minute drive between each city.
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