Within the past month I have seen about 3 or 4 Neighbors who are either visiting the I-5 area right now, or are planning to.
Let me be clear: Where I live, which is far from there, is *nothing* like that. It's a semi-arid shrub steppe. Clear rainy weather and evergreen trees from your mind, and think more like Idaho at a lower elevation and much less snow. Much basalt formations here; Google "The Channeled Scablands" and you'll get an idea geologically. Even if you go up to Spokane, the evergreen trees are not the same. There is more snow, but just nowhere near the rain the I-5 stretch gets.
This side of the state is more "red". Washington is considered a "blue" state, but again, that's by dint of the population concentration in Seattle. Little metro culture, lots more agriculture. We are fairly laid back in our beliefs right here in the Columbia Basin but social values do lean to the right.
If you come out this way, however, I will say the snob appeal lies in the wine. We do not have the clout that the Napa Valley has yet but it is a strong feature. The "wine trail" starts in the Yakima Valley and stretches down to Walla Walla. The Red Mountain winery especially seems on the rise; I think Benton City is going to get a keg of culture shock as tourists close in from the west and the Hanford workers that are currently settling into West Richland sprawl in from the east.
I mentioned the inferiority complex on a few of your posts. It's very real and it smolders even more in the college towns, Ellensburg and Walla Walla in particular. (Yes, I went to school in both towns.) You get culture clashes between urbanites and ranchers and farmers.
The Tri-Cities is now being considered as a city about to take off, but yet Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick maintain their own separate identities, most ESPECIALLY Richland. And yet the dream I had with Valerae in it was dead in the middle of Richland. Go figure. This is the home of the flag incident, where citizens write crazy letters to the editor that make me want to puke in their authoritarian ignorance. They seem to be spilling over to west Pasco, too. Grand.
I love my home but if you are crazy enough to come out to meet me, be prepared to be confused, disappointed, or both. Or maybe you'll just absolutely love it warts and all as I do.