Take a Tour of Washington State University in Less Than a Day

If you and your family are in Pullman, Washington, then you should explore everything that Pullman has to offer.  The first thing that you will find about Pullman is that it is the home of Washington State University, and you will find that WSU has a lot to see. 

I recommend starting your self-guided tour off at the Brelsford Welcome Center, located at 150 E Spring St.  The Brelsford Visitor’s Center is difficult to miss, as it has the giant “WSU” in front. 

It is technically not part of WSU Campus, but This WSU Visitor’s Center allows you to learn a lot about WSU before you officially get there, and you can get yourself a good map of WSU here. 

It is possible to take two different paths from there.  The first path is to head down Main Street, crossing the bridge until you reach the Elson Floyd Cultural Center

The second path requires you to park and walk.  By the way, it can be difficult to find places to park up on campus without a proper parking pass or paying at meters.  Much of this article is how to do a tour on foot, and you might have to park far from campus to start.  

You will have to head down Spring Street to Lentil Lane, until you reach the end of Reaney Way, close to Reaney Park.  Once you climb a lot of stairs, you will find yourself in the WSU Historical Arch

After passing through the Engineering buildings such as Sloan Hall and Dana Hall, you will reach Spokane Avenue, you can head down to see the Elson Floyd Cultural Center.  The Elson Floyd Cultural Center is a very new building that is has a very interesting architectural aesthetic, and it is something to see. 

While you are at the Elson Floyd Cultural Center, you aren’t far from the official Welcome sign.  It is the perfect place to take a picture near the Welcome Sign, and there’s a Welcome Sign on both sides of the street. 

Head on up Stadium Way to Nevada Street to the Spark, and see another one of the newer buildings on campus with state-of-the-art classrooms and enjoy the Starbucks as well. 

If you travel toward College Mall, you’ll see the Webster Physical Science building, the tallest building on campus.  There are three museums at Webster with the Culver Study Memorial Museum, the Jacklin Collection of Silicified Wood and Minerals, and the S. Elroy McCaw Fluorescent Mineral Display

Near the Webster Building is Abelson Hall, where you will see Connor Museum.  Connor Museum is where you can see several hundred species of birds and mammals in taxidermy form, and you can spend a lot of time there. 

If you continue on the Library Mall, a large stairway with very gentle slope, you can head up to see Bryan Clock Tower, one of the most recognizable landmarks at WSU.  Also in this area is the Veteran’s Memorial and the Hello Walk. 

Around this central area is College Hall, which has the Museum of Anthropology, an appointment-only museum on campus featuring archaeological and regional Native American collections.   

While you are near College Hall, head to Holland and Terrell library.  The Holland Library is one of the oldest buildings on campus, but Terrell is a new addition and has a very picturesque glass dome. 

Keep following Terrell Mall, and you will find the Compton Union Building, which is the home of the Student Book Center, also home of the Bookie.  There is a lot to do in this building which has a food court, several businesses, and will occasionally show movies.

Right across from the CUB is the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, a very new building with a very crimson touch.  If you like the art that you see in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, you can even see more at the Gallery II and Gallery III at Fine Arts

Traveling down to Wilson Mall will take you to French Administration, as well as Lighty Student Services, where you will find a lot of information about campus, covering many places that I didn’t mention already. 

Keep going on Wilson Road to find the Lewis Alumni Center, a repurposed barn that will have a lot of the history of WSU on display.    

If you head over to Ellis Way to Cross Road, and take a left on Ferdinand’s Lane and stop by Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe.  Not only will you get a sweet treat, but you can watch the ice cream being made in the dairy. 

If you head to Stadium Way, you will see the Cougar Pride statue, and it is a great place to get a picture.  From there, you can leave WSU via Stadium Way. 

After this, leave Washington State University and find a place to stay and other things to do.  I highly recommend eating at some of the 10 Unique places in Pullman, Washington.