Spokane, Washington, is a great place to visit with lots of fun things to see and do. In addition to year-round outdoor recreation options, Spokane has unique shopping opportunities, fun amusement parks, and interesting museums.
Here are my picks for fun things to see and do during your visit in Spokane, Washington:
Legacy of the 1974 World's Fair, this 100-acre park sprawls along the river in downtown Spokane. At its center is the Great Northern Clock tower and the steel-cable structure of what was once the World's Fair's United States pavilion. It's a great place for the whole family to wander around, enjoying beautiful scenery, outdoor entertainment, community festivals, and fun amusements.
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
This excellent museum, located in Spokane's historic Browne's Addition, features both regional history and fine art. In addition to exhibits from the museum's own collection, you can enjoy the ever-changing special exhibitions featuring local Northwest culture and history. A tour of Campbell House, the Neoclassical Revival home of prominent Spokane citizens that's located next door to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, is included with museum admission.
Spokane is a great city for golfers. Whether you just sneak in a round during your visit, or make golf the focus of your entire vacation, you'll find many challenging courses. Hangman Canyon Golf Course, Indian Canyon Golf Course, and Meadow Wood Golf Course are all highly rated.
In addition to its many parks and golf courses, Spokane offers abundant opportunity for outdoor recreation. Bicycling, river rafting, hiking, fishing, boating, skiing, and wildlife watching are all available at various times throughout the year.
Washington is known for its wines and Spokane has some of the best in the state. Visitors can enjoy tasting local wines, wandering around lovely winery grounds, and learning more about wine making. Spokane's wineries often host seasonal festivals, special dinners and events, and evening entertainment.
Manito Park in Spokane WA
Surrounded by magnificent historic homes, Spokane's Manito Park offers 90 acres of gorgeous gardens, stately trees, and a conservatory. The diversity of the gardens and recreation spaces makes Manito Park a fun place to visit in any season.
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Even if you aren't an overnight guest, there is lots to see and do at Spokane's magnificent Davenport Hotel, a hub of the community. Things to check out during your visit include the lobby, the mezzanine, the event spaces, the gift shop, and the candy shop. You can also enjoy a meal in one of the Davenport's restaurants, a drink at the gorgeous Peacock Room, or a spa treatment at Spa Paradiso.
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The Northern Quest Resort and Casino is a huge facility loaded with opportunities for fun. In addition to all the usual table and machine games, Northern Quest guests will find a long list of restaurants and lounges and live entertainment. The Q, a spectacular sports bar, is a particularly awesome space to gather with friends and take in a game. For a special evening, Masselow's offers fine dining featuring local Northwest foods. Northern Quest Resort and Casino is located on the west side of town near the Spokane International Airport.
Motor vehicle races of all kinds take place throughout the summer months. The Spokane County Raceway was formerly known as Spokane Raceway Park.
Located adjacent to Riverfront Park, Spokane's historic old Flour Mill is filled with unique shops and restaurants. Diners at Clinkerdagger's restaurant
can enjoy a great view of Spokane's Riverfront Park and Spokane Falls.
This downtown network of stores, restaurants, and entertainment includes such major retailers as Nordstroms, Macy's, Pottery Barn, and Restoration Hardware.
Turnbull NWR offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities and numerous trails that loop through wetlands and pine forest habitats. There is a 5.5-mile Auto Tour Route that you drive, bike, or walk to access scenic views of the refuge environment. There are also short trails and a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk which loops to the edge of beautiful Blackhorse Lake.