Backed by the power of two states and more than a dozen counties, the Inland Northwest spans nearly 22,000 square miles in Washington and Idaho. The region encompasses most of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. It shares a northern border with Canada, and, in Washington, a southern boundary with Oregon.
Spokane, centrally located in the region, is the largest city between Seattle and Minneapolis. The Spokane-Coeur d’Alene corridor follows Interstate 90 west to east. U.S. 195, 95, and 395 facilitate north and south movement.
The Inland Northwest region is uniquely positioned to quickly reach global and domestic markets. Interstate trucking, rail and water routes reach major West Coast ocean ports in Seattle, Tacoma, and Portland, Ore. within 1-2 days.
Ports in Lewiston, Clarkston and Whitman County on the Columbia River are the most inland seaports on the West Coast. Combined they create the logistical hub for international commerce in the Inland Northwest.
The region shares eight ports of entry with Canada, six in Washington and two in Idaho. State highways feed six of those crossings.
Photo credits—University of Idaho Research Park: page top; Dean Davis:top right; Washington State Tourism: middle right; Idaho State Tourism: bottom right.