Experience the Hanford B. Reactor Firsthand

A Piece of American History in the Tri-Cities Area

Immerse yourself in history by taking a trip to the Hanford B. Reactor, the world’s first full-scale nuclear reactor is right by Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House.

The Hanford B. Nuclear Reactor is one of top things to do in Tri-Cities Washington. Now a National Monument, the reactor is the site of the production of “Fat Boy,” the atomic bomb that would mark the start of World War I. The bomb was dropped over Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, triggering a chain of events that would make history.

The reactor was deactivated and President Clinton officially declared it as National Monument, making it one of the most historic Tri-Cities attractions. Today, guests are invited to tour the facility or to simply enjoy the surrounding area. The landscape around the reactor includes gorgeous sweeping vistas, high bluffs, rare plants, and fields of wildflowers. It is also the perfect place to get in touch with nature as a leisurely walk may put you in contact with mule deer, coyotes, bald eagles, great blue herons and white pelicans.