There’s nothing quite like cheering on your home team in person. But for WSU football fans, making the trek to Martin Stadium can be a slog. Luckily, a charter flight to Pullman, Washington, means less commuting and more tailgating.
Flying to Pullman, Washington
Pullman, Washington, is located 274 miles from Seattle, just beside the Washington – Idaho border, and just 14 minutes from Moscow, Idaho. It’s a 4.5-hour drive from the Emerald City. For most visitors, this turns the trip into a two-day weekend event.
For those interested in skipping the drive, you may wonder, “What airlines fly to Pullman, Washington?” Alaska Airlines and United Airlines offer non-stop flights from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. These flights require the following:
- Parking at the airport or arranging for transportation to the airport
- Navigating check-in
- Making your way through airport security
- Finding your gate and waiting to board
Alternatively, you could book a Kenmore Air charter flight to Pullman and enjoy the following:
- Easy parking
- Crowd-free check-in on your schedule
- A private waiting area
- A direct flight with the party of your choice
Tailgating at Washington State University
WSU is known for its tailgate scene, and for good reason. During game days, the RV lot across the street from Martin Stadium reverberates with crimson and grey pride. In fact, it’s said a trip to watch the WSU Cougars football team wouldn’t be complete without partaking in the cornhole, barbeque, and toasting extravaganza that is a WSU Tailgate.
Things to do in Pullman, WA
We know it’s all about tailgating and cheering for the Cougs. After all, with a charter flight to Pullman, you can enjoy all the festivities and still make it a day trip. But with a charter flight, you can also make your own schedule.
Arrive as early in Pullman as you want and depart when it suits you. This means there’s time to visit one (or a few) of your favorite things to do in Pullman.
Can’t Miss Gameday Restaurants & Bars in Pullman, WA
Founded in 1999, this Cougar-owned, Cougar-run bar and grill is the closest joint to campus. A regular student hangout, alums are more than welcome too. Plus, minors are allowed until 5 PM.
A little swankier than the college bar scene, Foundry Kitchen & Cocktails is known for offering a scrumptious selection of food and cocktails.
Beer lovers will appreciate the award-winning pours at Paradise Creek Brewery. In addition to flights and pours, the casual joint offers a full menu of classic bar food. Indoor and outdoor seating is available.
The roots of Rico’s Public House date back to 1909 when E. W. Thorpe opened the intersection of Main and Kamiaken. Initially, the business primarily sold tobacco products. But the offerings evolved as beverages and meals became available. Today, it is known for its unique atmosphere and setting, including its massive bookshelf, upstairs billiards, and a large selection of beers on tap.
Referred to by some as a “comfortable dive bar,” Pauly’s Bar and Grill in Pullman isn’t the fanciest place you’ll ever visit. But the service is good, the food will stick to your ribs, and the drinks are poured (or cracked open) to order.
For watching pre-game (or even the game), My Office Bar & Grill has quite the setup. They have 29 beers on tap, a plethora of TVs, and a big open layout perfect for groups. Plus, their hearty menu leans towards food you eat with your hands. Sure, it’s not a place you’re likely to actually work, but it is a good place to go when you plan to do anything but work.
Founded in 1932, visiting ‘The Coug’ is a quintessential experience in Pullman. The no-frills menu focuses on burgers. Plus, the beer list features some seasonal selections (like a Blueberry Cider from Tieton Cider Works in Yakima, Washington) and some college mainstays (think Coors Light and Bud Light). Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to bring a permanent marker to sign the wall.
A far cry from classic college town fare, South Fork Public House offers a selection of hearty salads and entrees that are a step above. Sure, you can get a sandwich or a burger. But if you’re looking for seared salmon, you can’t go wrong.
Pullman’s coveted date-night destination, The Black Cypress brings a little va va voom to their restaurant’s vibe thanks to the autmosphers’ warm tones, rustic furniture, and attentive staff. The menu changes with the season, but often includes a creamy carbonara and a succulent roasted chicken.
Breakfast lovers rejoice. The Old European Restaurant’s scratch-made menu is worth the wait. (Yes, it can be hard to get a table.) Dutch Babys are a constant crowd pleaser. So too is the selection of Stuffed French Toast. And for those with a hearty appetite, the Hungarian Goulash is an impressive mashup of potatoes, onions, peppers, ham, sausage, bacon, and four eggs topped with cheddar cheese.
If you’re hankering for thin-crust, stone-baked pizza, Porch Light Pizza is dishing it up. Toppings range from classic to inspired, such as a Thai-inspired pie with peanut sauce, chicken, and cilantro pie.
Founded in 2012 by a group of friends and family, Birch & Barley’s menu features American fare with a Southern slant. The menu is crafted to be the kind of place you want to gather with friends. It includes beloved classics like Cougar Lobster Mac (made with Cougar Gold of course) and a Shrimp Po-Boy that’s loaded with flavor.
Sella’s Calzones has been a Coug hangout since the 1980s. Specializing in pizzas and calzones, the walls of this informal joint are decorated with artwork from patrons.
Best Places to Explore in Pullman, WA
Bill Chipman Palouse Trail
This seven-mile trail stretches through rolling wheat fields along a section of the former Union Pacific Railroad. The relatively flat track used to help transport passengers from Colfax to Moscow. Today, it’s one of the best places to take a gentle stroll.
Charles R. Conner Museum
Located on the Washington State University campus, the Charles R. Conner Museum showcases the largest public collection of birds and mammals in the Pacific Northwest.
WSU Bear Center
The only grizzly bear research center of its kind, the WSU Bear Center offers a home to the largest number of captive grizzlies in the nation. It was established to help federal and state biologists be able to study an adequate number of captive grizzlies for meaningful data.
Spanning 13 acres, the grounds and development for Lawson Gardens were donated by Gerald Lawson, a local farmer. They were dedicated in memory of his first wife, Alice. The exquisitely manicured garden includes six different distinctive features ranging from colorful seasonal plantings and a large reflecting pool and gazebo to an extensive rose garden.
Thanks to its expansive selection of picnic tables and BBQ shelters overlooking two bonds and a waterfall, Sunnyside Park is home to Pullman’s annual 4th of July community gathering. It’s also one of the premier things to do in Pullman for those who love Frisbee, as there is a Frisbee golf course tucked among the walking trails, tennis courts, volleyball standards, and a baseball diamond.
Kamiak Butte County Park
Located just 18 minutes from downtown Pullman, the Kamiak Butte County Park offers a wide range of hiking trails and picnicking opportunities.
Museum of Anthropology
Another museum house on the Washington State University campus, the Museum of Anthropology was founded to promote the understanding of human cultures. It does so through research, education, and stewardship of archaeological collections from throughout the northwest.
Palouse Discovery Science Center
Those who love hands-on learning will find themselves filled with inspiration at the Palouse Discovery Science Center. Founded in 2003, it offers a variety of hands-on science activities, educational programs, and through-provoking exhibits.
More Exciting Charter Flight Destinations
Surrounded by 12,000-foot mountains, the sleepy town of Ketchum, Idaho, is the birthplace of American ski resorts — Sun Valley.
This quaint destination has yet to be taken over by skyscrapers. It’s the world-renowned ski slopes and fresh, dry powder that are the main draws.
It’s not convenient from anywhere. A 4.5-hour drive from Seattle, Washington, and a 3.5-hour drive from Portland, Oregon — Walla Walla isn’t a pop-over destination (Unless, of course, you’re catching a Seattle to Walla Walla flight.) But the renowned Walla Walla wineries are well worth the trek.