Plan Your Thanksgiving Vacation Now: the Palouse Wheat Fields (including tips if you are traveling from LA)


(Canon EOS 6D, 60MM, f/6.3, 1/640)

If someone asks about the most memorable pastoral scenery I've ever seen, the answer would be the Palouse. It's breathtaking to see those rolling hills covered with wrinkled golden wheat fields in the midst of harvest season. If you are looking for a destination to waste your holiday in the pandemic, the Palouse would be a perfect spot to visit. On the edge of Washington, the Palouse is a distinct geographic region encompassing parts of north-central Idaho, southeastern Washington, and northeast Oregon.

(Canon EOS 6D, 200MM, f/3.2, 1/800)

How to get the Palouse:

If you are traveling from LA, the best way to get there will be flying from LAX to SEA and then driving from Seattle to the Palouse. We rent an SUV at SEA, and it turned to be the right choice during the journey. I highly recommend an AWD SUV if you want to explore the fields more. It only took us four hours to get to the Palouse, and it was so enjoyable to see the colors and textures influenced by the variable weather and lights along the way.

(Canon EOS 6D, 58MM, f/6.3, 1/1250)

Best ViewPoint: Steptoe Butte State Park

High above the Palouse Hills, Steptoe Butte offers the best views of this truly unique landscape. We arrived at the hilltop right before the sunset, and the colors of the fields shifted and changed in the light. This spot is very easy to find, and be prepared to be the only group of people that stand there enjoying the stunning 360° views under your feet. You can check out more details on Alison Meyer Photography's page for tips for visiting & photographing the Palouse.

(Canon EOS 6D, 200MM, f/3.2, 1/800)

(Canon EOS 6D, 110MM, f/2.8, 1/640)

Live in the Palouse:

The Palouse is a major agricultural area but in the meantime home to two universities: the University of Idaho in Moscow and Washington State University in Pullman. Because of the two schools, finding a cozy place to stay in Moscow and Pullman are easier than in other towns around the Palouse area. We chose Moscow and booked a house with a local farm.

The house owners are two professors from the University of Idaho, and we were welcomed to go to the barn and see their alpacas! We can literally get hands on the animals, which's a fascinating thing for me as an animal lover. The friendly couple also prepared boiled eggs and warm breakfast for us every morning, and when we looked outside the window, we just felt so quiet and peaceful. The house we lived in is just several miles from downtown Moscow, and we even got a chance to go to a bar and dined in there.

It was such a relaxing moment to wake up in a room surrounded by acres of forest and farmland and realized that you could see the gorgeous sunrise right outside the windows.

Really want to recommend these cozy places we ate and drank at:

Nectar Restaurant & Wine

√Dine-in √Curbside pickup √Takeout

105 W 6th St, Moscow, ID 83843

Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana

√Dine-in √Curbside pickup √Takeout √Outdoor seating

602 S Main St, Moscow, ID 83843


pizza restaurant

√Dine-in √Curbside pickup √Takeout

308 W 6th St, Moscow, ID 83843

(Canon EOS 6D, 105MM, f/5.6, 1/800)

Best Season to Visit:

Deciduous trees create brilliant red, orange, and yellow color palettes to photograph from September through early November.

(Canon EOS 6D, 105MM, F/6.3. 1/1250)

(Canon EOS 6D, 70MM, f/6.3, 1/200)

Some other viewpoints/places around the Palouse area that I would like to recommend to you:

Palouse Falls State Park

Palouse Falls Rd, La Crosse, WA 99143

(509) 646-9218

Knuckle Skrape R's Hot Rod Gathering

Downtown Palouse

Boyer Park

1753 Granite Rd. Colfax, WA 99111

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