Downtown Spokane

Washington State's second-largest city combines urban and rural with ease. Nowhere else is the transition from ski slope to shopping area or fly-fishing to fine dining as easy to make as it is in Spokane. This city is surrounded by 76 lakes and five ski areas and bisected by a river, the Spokane, complete with a cascading waterfall that’s within eyeshot of the downtown Nordstrom. Five national parks (Olympic, North Cascades, Mount Rainer, Glacier and Yellowstone) are a day’s drive or less from Spokane. That’s as close to nature as a city can get.  Don’t let I-90 whisk you by (another Spokane convenience—big enough to be a city, small enough to avoid gridlock) without exploring the city itself. North of the freeway, Riverfront Park was once home to Expo ’74 and is now a central gathering spot and kiddo magnet. Ride over Spokane Falls (the only natu ...

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