Yakima-Pendleton Axis: Places to stay / visit / eat at / drive thru:
I am planning to fly into Yakima to spend a couple of days visiting with a friend who lives in the Pendleton, Oregon Area (reason is Yakima has much more frequent connecting flights w/hubs, that is what not flying into airport closer to Pendleton).
While I know that this may not be the most scenic part of either state from a totally tourist point of view, I wondered if anyone might know of a route or places to stay or mildly scenic areas to drive through as a way of spending time and meeting each other sort of 1/2-way between the two towns (from point of view of minimizing preliminary transit time)
Open to anything that is interesting in various ways.
Thanks in advance for any tips anyone might have based on personal experience or even hearsay :)