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  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

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"Drive" a school bus. Explore an abandoned relic from your childhood. Add your own touch of art to the bus. Short walk from you parking spot.

A broken down, graffiti covered, abandoned school bus!

Located 7 miles southwest of Washtucna, WA resides the social media named & famed, #thatnwbus. It's easy to find, easy to walk to and very close to Palouse Falls; a very popular and stunning Washington attraction.

The bus is right off of Highway 260. If you're headed northeast, it will be on your right. Parking is easier from this direction because you can pull off of the road into the gravel and park without having to cross the highway. From your parking spot, it's only about a 500 foot walk through some tall, dead grass to the bus. Be sure to watch your step as there is sharp rusted metal debris and broken glass laying around in the area as well as inside the bus.

To find the bus easier, the coordinates are 46.694428, -118.425014.

It's a great place to hang out with friends, have a picnic or take some photos at during your trip to Palouse Falls.

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  • Camera
  • Shoes that will protect your feet from broken glass & rusted metal
  • Picnic Lunch
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I WENT TO GO SEE THIS BUS AN I DRIVE AN HOUR AN A HALF AN ITS GONE! DO NOT GO TRY AN FIND IT, IT’S NOT THERE. ITS BEEN MOVED

3 months ago
3 months ago

Everyone from around where I live know about this bus, it's forever been there. In fact my old boss owns this bus. He doesn't like people crawling around and ripping it to pieces, but says "let your creativity fly, as long as you don't ruin my bus". I've taken senior pics at this bus and truly love its creative vibes

6 months ago
6 months ago

10/10 recommend for a short day adventure. Perfect for the ideal Instagram shot and don't forget to bring a little paint to make your mark on the world!

8 months ago
8 months ago

I live within 10 miles of this bus....it has been a landmark ever since I moved here in 1974. Recently it has become much more interesting.... taking on a character all it's own. Now DNR (Department of Natural Resources) is ready to move it to the scrap yard due to the fact the land is leased and cows have joined the bus. I am involved with the Washtucna Museum and we are hoping to convince DNR to gift it to us. We will then move it to the intersection of 261 and 26. From the bus you would continue N to Washtucna. Go to the end of Main and you will come to Hwy 26. You will see thannwbus there if all goes well. Stop by and feel free to continue the Art. A park area will be developed next. :) Lee Ann

8 months ago
8 months ago

Literally just an old school bus in the middle of nowhere. But that's what makes it so damn intriguing. It doesn't take more than 5 minutes to explore, but I came away thoroughly enjoying the time spent in, on top of, and all around the bus soaking in the moment and taking pictures. Definitely go if you find yourself in SE Washington.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Checkout this video of me exploring abandoned stone house in Skamania, WA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6bjtNrSWRc

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Definitely an iconic Instagram sight to see. Stop by on your way to/from Palouse Falls, and be careful to not cut yourself on any rusty metal!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Very close proximity to Palouse Falls State Park, so easy to tack on to a trip. Arrived around 7am and coyotes were howling near by which made gave the bus even creepier vibes. Very cool setting, worth the quick stop!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Dane Nilsson

A nature loving, sun seeking, picture taking, music making optimist with wanderlust and a desire to inspire.

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